When Josh McLaughlin ’17 found himself face down in snorkel gear and a dry suit, plucking mussels from the bed of the John Day River in Oregon, he wasn’t simply taking a mud bath.
This summer, several student-faculty teams are tackling research projects in the arts and sciences—from asthma to accounting audits, bilingualism and women in leadership.
Karina Scavo ’13 was granted a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate student fellowship and, in her second year as a Ph.D. student at Boston University, is studying coral reef conservation and restoration in mangrove environments.
The more than 400 acres of woods and wetlands at the back of the Gordon campus, and in the adjacent Chebacco Woods, provide a habitat for rare organisms—and an alternative classroom for students.
“My science background is vital to understanding the climate, weather and ocean research going on at OAR, and to being able to write coherently and compellingly about that science,” says Melissa Pratt-Zossoungbo ’03, senior budget formulation analyst for NOAA.