News and Comments from Recent Graduates

EESC Grad Chelsea Wegner studying sea ice decline in the Arctic.

Chelsea Wegner  (class of 2010) is pursuing a PhD in polar sciences at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science.  Chelsea studied Chesapeake Bay coastal geomorphology as a research student  with Dr. Ben Kisila while at UMW.  She received a Knauss Marine Policy fellowship in 2014, and has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Chelsea worked in Antarctica with the NSF and is currently focusing on how sea ice decline in the Arctic Chukchi Sea due to rapid warming is potentially driving changes in the food web.





Departmental graduate completes PhD at Virginia TechElyse Clark

Environmental Science and Geology graduate Elyse Clark (Class of 2013) recently finished on her Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research concerned Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mine reclamation, the water chemistry of mine drainage, and the weathering of mine spoil. While at UMW, Elyse completed 3 years of undergraduate research, culminating in a Senior Thesis supervised by Dr. Ben Kisila (photo at right).

“Participating in undergraduate research enabled me to learn many laboratory and field techniques and gain confidence participating in and leading a research project. My research experience and course load at UMW helped prepare me professionally and academically for continuing my studies as a graduate student.”


Earth and Environmental Science Grad begins PhD program at American University

IMG_1583Environmental Science major Abby Lindsay, UMW Class of 2006, is enrolled as a PhD Student at American University’s School for International Service.  After graduating from UMW,  Abby completed dual Master’s degrees in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning at Tufts University in 2009.  She then worked as an Environmental Cooperation Advisor at the United States Department of State, before deciding to return to graduate school to concentrate on doctoral studies.  Abby completed a Honors in Environmental Science senior thesis while at UMW.

“UMW’s Environmental Science Honors Program provided me with the opportunity to work closely with professors and also pursue my own research interests.  This helped me significantly as I went on to graduate work at Tufts.  The research and international travel I gained at UMW also gave me a foundation for my work at the State Department, where I’ve focused on environment and trade issues for over four years.”