At last year’s FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) Capstone event, I quickly realized the activity I designed wasn’t hands-on enough. So, I vowed to make a more hands-on activity this year.
Erika participates in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.
“I’m really nervous,” one of the 4th graders in our Girl Scout troop quietly confessed to me. I inquired further and she explained, “I’ve never seen a marine biologist in real life before.”
Erika works on the inaugural material deployment for a new artificial reef.
A few weeks before graduation I was honored (and surprised!) to be selected as the student speaker for our graduation ceremony. The nomination forced me to hunker down and write about my time at the Nicholas School. Initially this seemed like just another item to check off the long end-of-the-school-year task list, but it ended up being an incredible gift. It forced me to carve out time to reflect on all of my experiences and especially the extraordinary people I’d come to know during our two years in the Master of Environmental Management Program.
Graduate students, postdocs, and professors spanning multiple departments at Duke gathered at the Marine Lab for the 2nd annual Duke Ecology Symposium.
Outreach is a major buzzword in grad school and academia. It can take a variety of forms, from formal education to get-your-hands-dirty activities. February was an important outreach month with two major Duke-related events occurring.
A Valentine’s Day adventure to the Outer Banks in search of Snow Geese.
I knew I was going to go the moment I saw the sign, “Puppies in Perkins Library.” December 10th, right in the middle of finals week. While I was not required to take final exams this semester, I had a plethora of projects with looming due dates. An opportunity to take a breather and pet some furry friends seemed like the best idea in the world.
Last month I attended the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego, where I learned from “algae farmers” and visited a facility that produces algae nutrient supplements. This post includes a video of photos and clips from my trip to San Diego.