Hancock joined Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Coastal Ecology Lab in 2018 as a volunteer, but is now full-time research staff working on the lab’s gopher tortoise project. She started volunteering with the lab while she was working towards her bachelor’s at the College of Coastal Georgia. She worked as an intern and part-time staff with the lab until she obtained her bachelor’s in biology with a concentration in coastal ecology and minor in environmental science in the spring of 2021. Hancock’s work mostly encompasses monitoring the success of a translocated population of gopher tortoises on reclaimed mining land.
Hancock is originally from McDonough, Georgia, but moved to Brunswick for undergrad and has not left since. Growing up, she was fascinated with visiting Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. When she got to high school, she took more of an interest in wildlife conservation and volunteered at a local state park. The beautiful coastal ecosystems drew her to the Brunswick area, and now she considers it her home.