Getting here:

I found COA through a brochure that the school sent me. I was about to throw it away, but the logo on the back caught my eye. I loved the explanation of how each symbol stands for a different piece of the environment and how the logo is a circle because we’re all connected. I guess COA caught my heart right then. I was hooked.

Classes

I have focused mostly on science classes, including Marine Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Herpetology, Ecology, and Evolution. I have expanded my work to human systems through classes in Fisheries, Fishermen, and Fishing Communities and Bees and Society.

Favorite class:

I have two favorites: Invertebrate Zoology and Fisheries, Fishermen, and Fishing Communities!

My approach to human ecology:

marine biology + fisheries + communication = human ecology

Internship:

During summer 2017, I interned at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) working on a project to determine how the number of oyster larvae introduced to a given substrate affects the survival rates of those oysters.

Senior project:

Moving into my last year at COA, I began my senior project interviewing marine worm harvesters about their observations of the species they harvest as well as their interactions with other people within the industry. The main goals of this work are to identify gaps and discrepancies between harvester knowledge and scientific literature while also analyzing the degrees of cooperation and competition within the fishery. After graduating from COA, I hope to conduct collaborative, place-based research within marine invertebrate fisheries.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

The fall colors are absolutely amazing! Especially from the top of one of Acadia’s peaks!

Activities, traditions, celebrations:

The Bar Island Swim is a fantastic way to start off the school year!

Passions & motivations:

Marine invertebrates, fisheries, and fishing communities!

Best meal on campus:

The mac ‘n cheese and savory tofu. Hands down.

COA might be the right college for you if...

you love working with passionate people who truly care about their work. 

Ephemera:

Sitting on the rocks by the dock after a difficult lab practical. Perfect for recharging.