The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for undergraduate students who are majoring in Environmental Studies and will enroll in the course Marine Ecology and Conservation, or one of three additional marine biology focused electives. The scholarship committee considered academic performance, financial need, and potential to advance marine conservation.
Megan is a junior pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art with an emphasis on coastal and marine issues. Growing up beside the Puget Sound in Washington State, she personally witnessed the rapid transformation of the pacific rocky intertidal zone as the Sea Star Wasting Disease epidemic swept through the west coast, dramatically changing community structure. This experience inspired her interest in coastal marine issues and spurred a research project analyzing the prevalence of Sea Star Wasting Disease amongst a variety of sea star populations within the South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. She currently works as a research assistant within the Environmental Studies department and continues to pursue her work with Sea Star Wasting Disease, among other research interests, in her free time. Upon graduation, she intends to continue her work with marine and coastal conservation in graduate school.
Jasmin Jimenez is an Environmental Studies student from Colorado. She is interested in marine, in particular estuarine and coastal, environments. Jasmin has always had an interest in wetlands for their very unique ecosystem services. After taking the course Marine Ecology and Conservation, Jasmin became interested in the role of mangroves in maintaining the rich biodiversity of the ocean by serving as nursery habitat. Jasmin has been involved in volunteer events with NYC Parks helping to plant trees in the Jamaica Bay wetlands. In the future, Jasmin is looking forward to pursuing a conservation based career focused on protecting coastal ecosystems and their valuable biodiversity.
Edin Thornton is a junior in Environmental Studies, and working on a cross-school minor in Public Policy and Management from Wagner and Stern. Edin works in the Office of Sustainability organizing the EcoReps program, which is an environmental education program based in residence halls. Edin believes strongly in the power of thoughtful environmental education as a tool for combating large-scale collective action issues, and she actively works to connect environmental organizations within and outside of the University. She would like to use the power of networks and thoughtful information delivery to help tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues, especially the impacts of waste and human activity on the world's oceans.
While interning with The River Project on the Hudson River, Rayleigh Toth developed an interest in the changing ecology of marine ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. Through her Senior Capstone project and Geographical Information System course, she is working on an analysis of the impact of tourism on coral reef integrity in popular vacation destinations. She is hoping to discover what is and what is not working ecologically in at the nexus of tourism and propose ocean conservation techniques that can be implemented globally. After graduation, Rayleigh wants to continue to pursue this interest in the vicious cycle that involves how humans affect the environment and vice versa.
Emiliana Tupper Carabano
Emiliana grew up exploring coastal ecosystems in northern Venezuela and Panama. After marine ecology and conservation coursework at NYU, her passion for the oceans deepened. Emiliana's work is focused on ocean conservation, particularly in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, South Pacific and the Caribbean. Most recently, she conducted a coral cover survey as part of her thesis, sponsored by a DURF grant. She surveyed ten coral reef sites at the Coiba National Park, off the Pacific coast of Panama, and modeled the impacts of climate change on the reefs. While studying in Berlin, she also participated in research on methane and carbon dioxide metabolism in freshwater ecosystems. Emiliana will continue doing research and seeks to develop effective policy for the sustainable coexistence of coastal communities and marine ecosystems.