Rachael Dye ’10 has had a passion for science since she was a child. Last summer, she put her passion and her dual degree in geoscience and environmental studies to work as the coastal geologist at Cape Cod National Seashore. The position was made possible through a program called GeoCorps, a partnership between the Geological Society of America and the National Park Service.
On the job, Dye was responsible for data collection, data entry and data analysis for three primary projects: coastal erosion monitoring on the Atlantic beaches, salt marsh vegetation and erosion monitoring, and kettle pond erosion monitoring.
She was one of just four people out of the 100 in the program to have her work published in GSA Today. Dye went on to present her work at the Northeast Arc Users Conference and was awarded the Judge’s Choice for best poster, as well as the People’s Choice for her work.
“I’ve always been interested in science and have always loved the outdoors,” says Dye. “Getting a chance to share my work and excitement for the projects and informing people of my findings was very fulfilling.”
Upon completing her research with GeoCorps, Dye accepted a position at the Maine Geological Survey, where she has been working for the past six months. Dye is working on two projects related to beach erosion and flooding issues caused by a possible hurricane touchdown along the coast of Maine.
Her ultimate goal is to increase the ease of communication between scientists and the general public.
“Journal and news articles aren’t always the best platforms to share how excited researchers get about their projects,” she notes. “I’m interested in exploring other ways, such as short online video, to create a different outlet for this type of interaction. This is another way for scientists to share their projects directly with the general public while opening up the conversation to as many people as possible.”