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Sarah Latshaw '11 received a NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship for 2011-2013 and is working in Charleston with the SC Department of Heath and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) to identify vulnerabilities and mitigate coastal hazards in South Carolina. During her time as a student, she earned a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Emma Paz '11 has accepted a position as Sustainability Coordinator and Biology/Environmental Science Teacher at Gunston Day School, a private, independent co-ed high school in Centreville, Maryland. Emma will be taking the lead in implementing sustainable practices on campus, as well as coordination of the school’s Chesapeake Bay Studies Program, taking advantage of the natural setting of the school's 31-acre campus along the Corsica river, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
Aaron Petty '11 has moved to Texas, after working as a biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Tessa (Rattenbury) Henson '11 works as a Logistics and Analytics Consultant at Henson Logistics, LLC
Karen Thal '11 is a Ph.D. student in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at USC Columbia.
Guinn Garrett '10 has recently published some of her thesis results in a paper entitled "Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions in a Lowland Watershed: Source Contribution to Stream Flow" in the journal in Hydrological Processes. Guinn is a water resources agent for Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties with the Carolina Clear program and Clemson University Extension.
Meredith Green '10 is working as an Environmental Scientist at Mitigation Management in Georgia, and has had her internship work on bottlenose dolphin strandings published: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 124
Paul Haywood '10 is working for AMEC as a Biologist in Atlanta, GA, where his work includes wetland analysis, fish and plankton surveys, benthic invertebrate collections, and endangered species surveys.
Andy Lassiter '10 is a Managing Partner at Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tour Co.
Sarah Mooney '10 is pursuing her J.D. in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She has been working as a Legal Intern with the NOAA Office of General Counsel, and previously had been working for Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions, in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she focused on the legal implications of coastal and marine spatial planning and taught an ocean policy course to Stanford graduate students.
Alan Moore '10 is living in Virigina, where he is the Director of Operations for Local Food Hub: Supporting the Vitality of Central Virginia's Small Farms.
Gwen (Richards) Dennis'10 is working for GEL Engineering LLC as an industrial hygiene technician.
Kate Skaggs '10 has received a NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship for 2010-2012 and will be working in Olympia, WA with the Washington State Department of Ecology on a project to provide tools and guidance to local governments to help them plan for rising sea levels. Kate's work was recently highlighted by the Department of Ecology.
Michael Sutherland '10 is employed by the University of Colorado-Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and works with the Marine Geology and Geophysics Division at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. His work focuses on the development of integrated coastal topographic-bathymetric digital elevation models in support of NOAA inundation modeling.
Craig Bachman '09 stays busy as a full time Chemistry & Physics teacher at Hanahan High School in the Berkeley County School District, and as a part time Adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the College of Charleston, and as a Seasonal/Summer Naturalist & Tour Guide for Nature Adventures Outfitters in Charleston.
Emily Long '09 is a student in the Nursing school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
Jennifer McCarthey Tyrrell '09 is staying busy as a MAPS Banding Station Manager and as the Database Coordinator for the Center for Birds of Prey, and as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Citadel, and as the full time manager of Wild Birds Unlimited in Charleston.
Chris McCoslin '09 is working as a Branded Fuels Specialist at 7-Eleven Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, TX.
Jenn Scales '09 is the Program Manager for Keep Charleston Beautiful with the City of Charleston (see a recent article in the Syracuse Post-Standard for a look at the influence of the work Jenn is doing)
Gregg Swanson '09 is employed as a Biologist with the MARMAP program at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute in Charleston.
Rachel Worthen '09 is working as a GIS Specialist for the Arkansas Field Office of the Nature Conservancy.
Jayson Carey '08 is employed as a a staff scientist with Linebach and Funkhouser environmental consulting firm
Louisa (Carter) Staton '08 is a student at the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia, where she is doing a PhD studying the evolution of geographic range limits in Southeastern endemic plant species, and the mitigation of conservation efforts for geographically limited species. More information about the lab where she works and her research is online!
Kim Counts '08 is working in Charleston as an Extension Agent in Natural Resources with Carolina Clear, a Clemson University Public Service Activities program that delivers comprehensive, targeted, regional stormwater education and involvement programming. .
Ileana LaTorre-Torres '08 had an adventure! She rode a motorcycle with a sidecar through the Americas from Charleston to Tierra del Fuego, while raising awareness and funds to help street kids in Latin America to get education, food and clothing. Her trip has been written up in the Charleston City Paper - and her thesis work "Seasonal Rainfall-Runoff Relationships in a Lowland Forested Watershed in the Southeastern USA" has just been accepted for publication in Hydrological Processes.
Jason McMaster'08 is working as an Environmental Scientist at HDR Engineering
S. Michelle Pate and McFee, W.E. (2012). Prey Species of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from South Carolina Waters., Southeastern Naturalist Volume 11(1):1-22.
Al Plan '08 is living in Homer, Alaska and working as a Math and Science Teacher at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Disctrict.
Blaik (Pulley) Keppler '08 is working at the SC Department of Natural Resources in Charleston as a Public Information Specialist.
Drew Ray '08 is now in a PhD program at the University of Southern Mississippi, working at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS. The shrimp research project at the Cochran Aquaculture Center was recently featured in an ABC story (and video), an article on GulfLive, and an article in the SunHerald.
Reggie Reeves '08 is currently working as an Environmental Scientist at GEL Engineering
Suzanne Whitney '08 is working on a Ph.D. at Texas State University Department of Biology.
Erin Driscoll '07 is in the second year of her Ph.D. work in Zoology at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Her project on bovine tuberculosis in UK cattle is in full swing, and she says that she is seeing a lot of the English countryside!
David Joyner '07 is working as a Natural Resources Agent for the Clemson Extension in Charleston, SC. Dave is also involved with Carolina Clear, a " broad-reaching Water Quality Program to educate South Carolinians about the impact of 'Stormwater Runoff,' and about how every individual can make a difference in water quantity and quality"
Rebecca Rockholt '07 is a science teacher at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC.
Josh Young '07 is the Program Manager for the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Observations (IWGOO) Support Office at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
Athan Barkoukis '06 is the Executive Director for Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) in Cleveland, OH.
Jenn Beck '06 is employed as the Newfound Watershed Coordinator for the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District in Asheville, North Carolina.
Jeremy Conkle '06 has received his PhD and is now a post-doc studying trace organic pollutants in soil and water in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of California Riverside, in Riverside, CA.
Charlie Kaufman '06 is 911/ GIS Analyst for Dorchester County.
Dave Lansbury '06 is living and working in the Washington, DC area.
David Lansbury '06 is living in Charleston. His thesis work is on "Key Components for Facilitating Successful Watershed Conservation Initiatives".
Bob Swarthout '06 is a Ph.D. student in the Natural Resources and Earth System Science Program at the University of New Hampshire.
Jenny Wiedower '06 has taken a job as the Executive Director with the South Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Ryan Clarke '05 is employed as a GIS Analyst at EXP in Tallahassee, FL.
Roman Crumpton '05 is working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery as a Fishery Biologist.
Sadie Drescher '05 is a Watershed Planner at the Center for Watershed Protection in MD. She reports that "I joined the Center in March 2009 and focus on watershed restoration and protection techniques. Before coming to the Center, I worked for SC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in the Science and Policy Division and focused on stormwater, low impact development, translating science to management, and working with local stakeholders. I'm working on two Coastal Plain projects that are developing coastal watershed protection tools, finding local case studies to highlight, developing a coastal code checklist, and providing education and outreach. In addition, I'm helping a local community hold rain garden discussions and another local community to reduce trash in the face of a trash TMDL. I live in Baltimore, Maryland, and enjoy exploring the area, volunteering in the community, and visiting family and friends whenever possible."
"Research and Policy Implications for Watershed Management in the Atlantic Coastal Plain" was published in Coastal Management Volume 39, Issue 3, 2011
Sarah (Habrun) Williams '05 is working as a Biologist at the SC Department of Natural Resources in the Algal Ecology Lab. She is currently working on the AVM disease, as described in a recent article.
Liza Johnson '05 is Oceans and Coasts staff in Washington, DC, working at the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary and at the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Angela Jones '05 has joined GreenFaith's National Fellowship Program. She is one of 25 Fellows in the 2011 Class who will receive training at three residential retreats in New Jersey, monthly webinars, and extensive reading covering subjects of eco-theology, "greening"the operation of institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice. Upon graduating, she will join the Fellowship's alumnae network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field. GreenFaith is an organization that inspires, educates, and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds to deepen their relationship with the sacred in nature and to take action for the earth.
Jeanette Klopchin '05 now works for the University of Florida Honey Bee Research Extension Laboratory as the lead Research Technician and Labratory Manager .
Sara (Litchult) Spring '05 is living in Illinois, where she is a middle school science teacher at Fox River Country Day School in Elgin. She and her husband report that Jackson is now a big brother - his little sister Charlie Rose was born last fall.
Keith McCullough '05 works as an Interpretive Naturalist with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, South Carolina. He is currently playing mandolin in the bluegrass band the Bluestone Ramblers.
Sarah McGuire '05 is the Education Coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Williamsburg, VA.
Kristan McKinne Stengel '05 is a Communications Analyst at the ELAM Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
William Strosnider '05 has taken a position as an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Program at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, and is Director of the Center for Watershed Research & Service there.
Rachel (Teller) Czar '05 is living in Maui, Hawai‘i, where she is the owner of Upcountry Academics, a professional tutoring service.
Laxminath Tumburu '05 is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the National Research Council, and living in Corvallis, Oregon. His thesis work is being published in an article forthcoming in Chemosphere : Effects of endosulfan exposure and Taura Syndrome Virus infection on the survival and molting of the marine penaeid shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei
Ph.D. student at Wright State University in Fairborn, OH.
James Weeg, P.G. '05 is employed as a Project Geologist with Advent Environmental, Inc. working on environmental remediation and geotechnical projects, and recently recieved his Professional Geologist License.
Lisa (Wilson) Shealy '05 is a Conservation Planner at the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, a land conservation organization that is focused on preserving natural and rural land along the coastal plain of South Carolina.
Paul Berland '04 is the Projects Director for the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D),Inc. in Decorah, Iowa.
Tommy Linstroth '04 is the Founder and Principal at Trident Sustainability Group in Savannah, GA, and he had a book published by the University of Vermont Press: Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy. Tommy also reports that the local chapter of the US Green Building Council that he has started in Savannah is still growing, with already more than 100 members.
Lauren Melzack '04 is living in British Columbia, and is working in the field of addictions counseling ( you can see her place of employment on the May 25, 2009 "Intervention" on A+E).
Tom Pullaro '04 works for the Center for the Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research in Charleston as a Research Associate.
Tiffany Hays Borsch '03 is teaching at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia, PA. She was named the 2007 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for the state of Pennsylvania by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Tiffany was recently filmed for a promotional piece on The Oprah Winfrey Network, regarding her work in sustainability education: http://youtu.be/qtuxIJNperA
Robin (Adams) Glenn '03 is enjoying life in Florida and teaching college courses online.
Kate (Scharstein) Taylor '03 is the Program Coordinator II for MUSC Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Allergy & Clinical Immunology in Charleston.
Jennifer Pyzoha Warf '03 is an Environmental Planner for AMEC Earth & Environmental, a firm providing multi-disciplined solutions covering all aspects of environmental services, geotechnical engineering, infrastructure, materials testing and engineering and water resource services, in the Indianapolis, IN office. Jen's thesis work was published in the journal "Hydrological Processes": Pyzoha, J.E., T.J. Callahan, G. Sun, C.C. Trettin, and M. Miwa. 2007. "A conceptual hydrologic model for a forested Carolina bay depressional wetland on the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, USA." Hydrological Processes (in press).
Wendy Wicke '03 is an M.S. Candidate in Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.
Sara (Saksewki) Windjue '03 works for the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point as the Energy Education Specialist. Sara was recently published in Solar Today (June 2010), writing the cover story "Teacher Training: A Road to the Future" on the Wisconsin KEEP program.
Sara has also been doing some traveling. She was requested by Earth Passengers, an environmental education organization in Taiwan, to participate in a three-day teacher workshop in Nantou, Taiwan. At the workshop, teachers used KEEP materials to learn how they can infuse energy education into their curriculums. The Delta Education Foundation sponsored the workshop for 58 elementary and middle school teachers from all over the island. Sara presented the teachers with KEEP’s conceptual framework and engaged them in activities focused on why we need energy, developing energy resources, the effects of energy resource development, and managing energy resource use.
Anita Buggins '02 is working as a Geologist at Black and Veatch
Erica (Boyce) Chiovarou '02 is working as a Science Teacher at Wando High School.
Ben Collins '02 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology at Clemson University. He is currently working on the Ecuador Canopy Project at the Smithsonian Institutution at the National Museum of Natural History.
Kate (Schaefer) Nielsen '02 is a Communications Specialist with NOAA National Ocean Service in Silver Spring, MD, working in the Communications and Education Division where she produces Diving Deeper (NOS audio podcast series).
Marian (Mitchell) Page '02 is the OCRM Finance Director for DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management .
Steven O'Shields '02 is working as a Realtor with Allen Tate Realtors in Greenville.
Cliff Casey '01 is employed as a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) Systems Engineer associated with the Complex Event Processing and Decision Support Branch of SPAWAR Atlantic.
Sarah Daugherty '01 is a stay at home mom in Florida.
Tony Hunt '01 is a Supervisory Environmental Engineer for the Southern Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Charleston, SC.
Cassie (Hodges) Larsen '01 reports that she is working on their hunting plantation (Little Creek Plantation, LLP) in Hampton, "raising several breeds of rare and endangered farm animals (most are found on the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory priority lists) and trying to figure out what niche of organic farming would be best suited to our site. Right now we are leaning towards heirloom fruit trees, and will hopefully have that project up and running by next spring."
Megan Sadler '01 earned her law degree in 2004 from Wake Forest University School of Law, and is now a Litigation Attorney in the office of Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman, a firm in Charlotte, NC that concentrates on all areas of law affecting closely held businesses and their owners.
Kellie Sims '01 received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with emphasis on systems biology in 2008 from MUSC. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at MUSC under a grant from the Ellison Medical Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research.
Paul Campbell '00 is the Program Manager for Lean Six Sigma and Balanced Scorecard for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston, focused upon quality/strategy management programs .
James Daugomah '00 works for NOAA/NOS Center for Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) as a Fisheries Biologist.
Mandi Herring Bello '00 is a Senior Zoning Planner for the City of Charleston. She is also serving on the City's Green Committee/ Land Use & Planning Subcommitee, the focus of which is to make the city more sustainable and create a climate action plan.
Andrew Hulin '00 is employed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a GIS analyst. In addition, he works as a sharpshooter within areas where Illinois' deer population has been impacted by Chronic Wasting Disease.
Robin Humphreys '00 is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. She is primarily teaching the Honors Geology and Environmental Geology lab courses, and is currently co-teaching a Historical Geology Course with Mitch Colgan, using a new method of teaching large classes. Robin reports that she also writes and helps coordinate the introductory labs with Elizabeth Rhodes.
Michael Moeller '00 is an Agent for Carolina Shipping in Charleston.
Kevin Short '00 is employed as Production Manager with ArborGen, a global leader in the research, development and commercialization of applications in genetic and new technology to improve forest sustainability and productivity.
Renee (Seaman) Treml '99 has made the move to Queensland, Australia, and is working as a self-employed Scientific Illustrator / Wildlife Artist - you can find her work online at www.reneesartwork.com. She has recently published a picture book entitled One Very Tired Wombat and is set for release in the US in June 2013. Here is a press release detailing the event.
Michelle Novak Bost '98 is a Compliance Assistance Specialist, working as the Rules Coordinator for the Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Mara (Hogan) Dias '98 is employed as the Water Quality Coordinator for the Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of beaches and oceans around the globe.
Ross Nelson '98 is the President of Tidewater Environmental Services, Inc. in Charleston, a natural resource consulting firm that specializes in providing innovative solutions to complex environmental problems.
Ashley Price '98 is working as a a Risk Assessor for Environmental Resources Management, which has been ranked as the largest "all-environmental consultancy in the world" for three consecutive years. Ashley is based in New Orleans, and he reports that "ERM is a growing company, particularly in my region, and we are always looking to add good candidates."
Christopher Walter '98 is living in Seattle and has taken a position as GIS Manager for The Cascade Land Conservancy , the state of Washington’s largest independent land conservation and stewardship organization.
William Lowry'97 is working as the VP Product Development and Engineering at AT&T Mobility
Greg Townsley '97 is Facility Manager / Research Technician III at the Utah State University Solar BioInnovations Facility in Logan, Utah.
Other Employers of MES Alums
Access Environmental, Inc.
Aegis Environmental, Inc.
Army Corps of Engineers
Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology
Black & Veatch
Bradshaw Consulting Services
Brewer Environmental Industries
C.E. Williams Middle School
Carnegie Mellon University
Carter & Burgess
Charleston Air Force Base
Charleston County Schools
Charleston Habitat for Humanity
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
City of Charlotte – Engineering and Property Management Department
Congaree Land Trust
Division of Coastal Management
Eastern Environmental Consulting
Environmental Protection Agency
Florida Department of Envionmental Protection
Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program
Integrated Science & Technology,Inc.
Massachusetts General Hospital
McNair Law Firm
Medical University of South Carolina
Miami University in Ohio
National Snow and Ice Center
North Carolina Division of Coastal Management
Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl,LLP
South Carolina Marine Association
South FL Water Management District
Spartanburg School District
Stennis Space Center
Suffolk County Department of Health/Office of Ecology
Texas A&M University: Department of Geography
The Baldwin School
Trust for Public Land
UGA-Institute of Ecology
University of Minnesota, Department of Environmental Health
University of Tennessee
US Food & Drug Administration-Baltimore
USDA Vegetable Laboratory