A brief look at what some of our recent graduates are doing with their degrees…
And in a little more detail…
Thomas de Triquet (Environmental Science, ’17) integrated into a rural subsistence farming village and shared knowledge regarding climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest management, and animal husbandry. He also taught adult literacy, youth environmental awareness, established a tree nursery, and encouraged food self-security within his resident population. Thomas is now planning to pursue graduate work in sustainable development.
Fish pond established as part of developing food self-sufficiency in a Zambian community
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.
“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 completes PhD program and teaches at American University
Environmental Science major Abby Lindsay Ostovar, UMW Class of 2006, completed her PhD at American University’s School for International Service, where she is currently a member of the faculty. 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.