Erik Douds ’14 gave a presentation in South Orange, N.J., on a three-month research trip he took to Gambella, Ethiopia, after he graduated from Colby. Gambella is normally closed to foreigners, Douds said, but with government permission, he and his team had the opportunity to establish and monitor a national park.

The trip sprung from Douds’s experiences at Colby, where he worked on an international environmental policy collaborative research project studying Ethiopia. He studied ‘ecotourism’ as a way to balance development and sustainability.

He said, “After graduating, I e-mailed my professor to ask if he needed assistance with any of the research. To my surprise, I was booking the next flight for Gambella.”