Environmental Science – Applied Ecology, Class of 2016

DSCN5738I came to Colby with a strong interest in both science and the environment. My passion for the environment has been inspired by my love of the outdoors and my father’s work on national environmental policy as a senate advisor. I grew up exploring the outdoors in Vermont and learning about the threats to Vermont’s ecosystems. In high school I enjoyed my science classes and became convinced that I wanted to major in science in college.

I came to Colby intending to be Chemistry major but after taking an environmental writing class my first semester I decided to focus on Environmental Science. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken in the Environmental Studies department and I am looking forward to talking more classes outside of my focus area as I complete my requirements. After taking Introduction to Ecology I decided to follow the applied ecology concentration in the ES major. My other favorite classes in the major have been Advanced and Applied Ecology and The Environment and Human Health.

DSCN5236Some of my favorite opportunities in the department are the opportunities to travel and work with my peers. In almost every ES class there is a collaborative project in which students get to work together to research and present their findings. At research symposiums we have the opportunity to share our research and learn about what our peers have worked on in their classes.

I have had the opportunity to study abroad twice. During Jan-Plan of my sophomore year I traveled to Belize with professors from the ES and geology departments for a rainforest and reef ecology class. This past summer I traveled abroad in Bhutan with the School for Field Studies. Both of these experiences enhanced my Colby experience by giving me the opportunity to study ecosystems that DSCN4644aren’t present in Maine. Many on campus ES classes also have field trips on which students get to see the environments discussed in class.

Colby is a great place to study the environment because the campus in committed to sustainability. With organizations like the Outing Club and different sustainability clubs there are ways to both get outside and get involved in activism. As a member of the Woodsmen team I get to spend time in the afternoons learning about the uses of different types of wood and historical forestry skills.