Elijah Gleason ’12, Ryan Kinkaid ’11, Katherine Marino ’12 and Derek Weiss ’12 are completing various research projects for the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) this summer.
Gleason, a biology and environmental studies double major, has been interested in the FLI since he took a tour with his family during his first year. This summer, he was been working with FLI research scientist Susan Cushman studying the streams in the Seneca Lake watershed in an effort to determine the quality health of the water. Gleason hopes that the internship will help him determine whether he wants to be a teacher or researcher, or a mixture of the two.
Kinkaid, who graduated with an environmental studies major and education minor, will complete the MAT teacher certification program in the fall. Having worked for the past three summers at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, she wants to be a “green” example to her future students, practicing many of the things she’s learned over the past four years and working side-by-side with others who share her passions.
Marino, a dance and environmental studies double major, is focusing on the restoration of Seneca Lake State Park, and on promoting environmental education and awareness. Marino is pleased to be exploring the natural areas of the Finger Lakes Region.
Weiss, who just graduated with a double major in biology and environmental studies, is currently abroad in Wales, but will return soon to begin working with FLI project coordinator Jordan Youngmann’10. Weiss will work with Youngmann to establish a system for local school students and community members to be a part of stream ecology research and monitoring in the Finger Lakes watershed.