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Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas by Bri Diaz of CLAS

Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas

By: Bri Diaz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

February 22, 2016   Center For Integrative Geosciences, Physical Sciences

Thirteen undergraduate students and two graduate students in UConn’s geoscience program found themselves on the sunny Bahamian island of San Salvador this January. The trip was not part of a tropical vacation, but rather a new winter intersession course that investigated the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, a powerful Category 4 storm that ripped through the Bahamas in late September of 2015.

Offered through the Center for Integrative Geosciences, the two-week intensive field course used the hurricane and its aftermath to study geological and climate-related issues facing small island nations today. Students not only examined the island’s geology, culture, and ecosystem, but also the future environmental sustainability of the archipelago.

“When you hear about going to the Bahamas in January, you think, ‘Oh, this will be nice.’ But it was challenging,” says Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS), a geosciences major and geographic information science minor who participated in the course. “We got to see completely different geological formations than what we normally see in Connecticut.”

“My honors research focuses on another Bahamian island, so it was really interesting for me to actually be there and experience the culture and geology,” says classmate Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS), an anthropology, geoscience, and geography triple major.

Student travel for this course was supported by gifts to the Nugget Fund in the Center for Integrative Geosciences.

(Link to full story in CLAS News here)

Professor and Head of the Center for Integrative Geosciences Lisa Park Boush (left), Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS) (top row, fourth from right) and Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS) (top row, third from right) pose with classmates at North Point Beach in San Salvador, Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Park Boush)

Greg Goes To Zambia

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Greg goes to Zambia

Ten Days

Peace Corps! Zambia! Fish!

I’ve never written a blog post before, figured I’d start it off with a TL;DR for those of you who don’t want to put up with my insane ramblings. I’m Greg! I graduated from college recently with a BS in Geoscience, and before that attended a high school that focused in aquaculture (we built boats in Tech and went sailing for PE. I’m from Connecticut if you couldn’t tell.) Now I’ve been given the amazing opportunity to be a Rural Aquaculture Promotion volunteer in the Peace Corps!

Follow Greg’s exciting journey on his blog here: greggoestozambia.wordpress.com

https://greggoestozambia.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/ten-days/

Congrats to Sarah Vitale for 1st Place in the 3 Minute Thesis Contest

SVitale WebsitePhD student Sarah Vitale came in 1st place in the Three Minute Thesis contest sponsored by the graduate school on Tuesday, September 29th.  The competition involves PhD students standing on stage and explaining their dissertation work in just three minutes.  There was a lot of competition, but Sarah was able to come out on top and will go on to compete internationally among students from the U-21 member universities.  She won a $1000 travel award, a free lunch for her lab group and a trophy.  Congratulations Sarah!