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Environmental Studies graduate student Friedrich Knuth returns to Charleston this fall after an eventful summer of impressive research trips to Honduras, Washington, and Florida.


Deep sea diving with a submarine off of Roatan, Honduras
In May, I joined Matt Rittinghouse on a research trip to Roatan, Honduras. Matt and his advisor Peter Etnoyer (NOAA) had traded maps of the seafloor around Roatan for submarine dives with the Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration. Karl Stanley, the submarine pilot, took us on two dives down to 2000 feet to verify the habitat model Matt had created for predicting the presence of deep sea coral. In the process, we had the unique opportunity to see fascinating deep sea creatures such as bioluminescent fish, dumbo octopi, rough sharks and many others. It was an exhilarating feeling to descend into such depths, because there is no sun light and one can only see as far as the flood lights will shine. The only means of navigation become the compass and depth gauge. Luckily, the maps were accurate and we were able to traverse the island periphery without any major loss of orientation. 


Surveying Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the South Atlantic Continental Shelf
In June, I spent the second summer in a row joining a research cruise funded by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council to assess the presence and health of snapper and grouper populations between Florida and North Carolina. The chief scientist on board was Stacey Harter along with Andy David, both from NOAA’s Panama City lab. This work is directly related to my thesis. It is the second year that I am able to go out with this team and collect data on what the seafloor looks like and where the fish are hanging out. Much like Matt, I am trying to understand the biogeographical distributions of the target organisms, in this case fish, and create a predictive habitat model for the presence thereof. During the cruises I was part of the mapping team, which meant I worked from 8PM until 8AM. In the morning we would produce a finalized map of the seafloor. Based on this map the daytime Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team would conduct their dives. Wherever our maps indicated that there are steeps slopes, that is where dives were planned, as fish like hard bottom and places to hide. Unfortunately, sometimes there were no fish, even though there were steep slopes indicated by the bathymetry. This is where my thesis aims to provide more insight into why some areas may have a lot of fish and others might not.


At sea for the deployment of the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) project with the University of Washington
The RSN OOI is a massive NSF funded project to deploy long term telepresence monitoring sensors at various target sites around the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The plate is located off the coast of Seattle and functions as a microcosm of tectonic activity with both spreading and subduction zones. The project has been 25 years in the making and is are getting closer and closer to its completion. In July I had the pleasure of joining chief scientist John Delaney and his team on the first of seven legs in 2014. We were able to deploy various sensors such as seismometers, mass specs, fluid samplers and high-definition cameras, as well as install more fiber optic cable and junction boxes. Once these sensors are all put in place and plugged into the network, scientists from around the US and world will have live 24/7 access to the data being collected at the bottom of the ocean. It is an unprecedented look into processes that are fundamental to the way our planet functions in a biological, physical and chemical way. You can read more at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu.




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Public Speaking Pointers

Posted by: McCrayCC | August 8, 2014 | No Comment |


We all have to present our work to others at some point in our graduate careers, and this commitment to public speaking can lead to real anxiety for some individuals. I know this because I used to be in that group. I have been so anxious before a 12 minute talk that my hands actually went numb from the terror, my pulse started racing, and I ended up speaking so fast that my 12 minute talk became 9 minutes, tops. That leaves a lot of room for awkward silence.

So how do we learn to manage our public speaking anxiety? Some would suggest simple hacks: use confident body language, speak slowly and in a deeper tone, or my least favorite “picture your audience in their underwear,” which is most definitely the LAST thing I want to think about during a talk. While these hacks can be helpful for people with minor issues they are by no means sufficient if you are experiencing serious anxiety prior to public speaking events.

You might have public speaking or performance anxiety if you have experienced any of the following before giving a talk:

  • trembling
  • sweating
  • clammy hands
  • rapid heart rate
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle tension,
  • blushing
  • confusion or losing your train of thought
  • upset stomach
  • shaky voice
  • dizziness

At this point I think just about everyone can say yes to experiencing at least one of these prior to public speaking. Thankfully, since my numb-hands-speedtalk days I’ve learned some new ways to manage public speaking anxiety.

Know your stuff: This is the most important part for dealing with anxiety related to graduate level and professional presentations. Minor hacks such as puffing up like a fish to project confidence and lowering your voice will not help you if you don’t know the material. This happens to me on a regular basis: I do just fine presenting my own work (which I know) but the moment I have to present for journal club (where one student reviews a recently published paper in depth in front the of the department) I start getting anxious because I am presenting work I am unfamiliar with.

Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to go over your talk before hand. One trick that has helped me immensely is to structure my slides so that the end of each slide leads directly to the next. By building in and practicing transitions you are much less likely to get lost, and your audience will appreciate having a cohesive narrative in your talk.

Notes aren’t just for class: Even when you know your project inside and out it is still good to have some form of notes on hand–whether it is a general outline of your talk, important sources and citations, or specific technical details of experiments. You can do this the old fashioned way and have printed notes, but I recommend becoming familiar with the joy that is presenter view on PowerPoint . If you don’t know how to use it I highly recommend this approach as it allows you to have your notes for each slide displayed for you, but not your audience. However, not all presentation venues are set up for presenter view (a lot of conferences are like this, unfortunately) so keep a hard copy of your notes handy just in case.

Get (non-threatening) feedback: Next time you have a big anxiety-inducing speaking event coming up (thesis defense, anyone?) try running through your presentation for a small group of fellow students, professors, and other coworkers and get their feedback afterwards. This is an enlightening experience as sometimes what you are the most worried about no one notices, or you find out that you have a distracting tic that you never noticed.

Managing the anxiety response: Sometimes no amount of preparation can prevent your innate flight response when faced with public speaking. If you can’t stop your innate responses you can learn to manage them. Your audience has no idea your hands are numb, and no matter how bad the talk goes you will not be chased down with pitchforks.

When you feel yourself starting to get anxious remember that these feelings, while very much real, do not mean that you cannot give a great talk. The trick is learning to be separate from your anxiety by acknowledging it and allowing yourself to have that feeling, then deciding that even with the feeling you can move forward. It can take some practice learning how not to be overwhelmed by these feelings, but eventually you will be able to acknowledge them and move past them in order to accomplish your goal of giving a good presentation.


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Lowcountry Mayor’s Breakfast

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 31, 2014 | No Comment |


I attended the UNCF 1st Lowcountry Mayor’s Breakfast on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. That’s me and City of Charleston Mayor Joe P. Riley Jr. :)

It was a pleasure to see all three of our mayors- Mayor Joe Riley Jr., Mayor Keith Summey and Mayor William “Bill” Collins in one room together discussing the future of our schools and communities. The event was to bring awareness to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and to garner support from the Lowcountry. We all know a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so let’s invest in our youth today because they are our future dividend.  I attended an Historically Black College/University (HBCU) but learned so much about the UNCF at the breakfast. Let me share with you a few tidbits about the UNCF.

Did you know?

UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.

UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need and that the nation needs them to have by:

•Awarding 10,000 scholarships and internships under 400 programs for students from low- and moderate-income families to attend more than 900 colleges and universities across the country;

•Providing financial support for its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for scholarships and capacity building;

•Advocating nationally for the importance of education and college readiness through its annual television program, a national public service announcement campaign, and commentary in national media;

•Advocating locally at events across the country such as Governor’s and Mayor’s luncheons, Walk for Education events and Mayor’s Masked Balls.

UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute issues studies that improve understanding of the issues that face minority education and points the way to solutions.

UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building, a unique institutional improvement initiative, helps member colleges and universities become stronger and more self-sustaining in areas that can make the difference between success and struggle such as curriculum and faculty enhancement, student recruitment and retention and fundraising.



•Member HBCUs educate more than 57,000 students each year at tuitions averaging 30 percent less than those charged by comparable institutions.  Research shows that HBCUs out-perform many larger and better-funded schools at graduating low-income students—the students the country most needs to have college degrees.

•UNCF Scholarship Programs increase the likelihood that students will graduate.  African American recipients of UNCF scholarships have a 70 percent six-year graduation rate, 10 percentage points higher than the national average, and 30 percent higher than the average for all African Americans. A $5,000 UNCF scholarship increases by seven percent the likelihood that its recipient will graduate from college. The low-income minority recipients of Gates Millennium Scholarships, a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have average graduation rates of 90 percent.

•UNCF Advocacy has changed the way the nation thinks about education and race.  When UNCF’s iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”®, debuted more than 40 years ago, the idea that African Americans should go to college was not widely accepted.  Today, the UNCF motto is almost universally known and almost every college has black students.  The latest iteration of UNCF’s PSAs frames support for minority education as investment in better futures for students and all of us, and expands the iconic motto to, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

There are 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation. In 1965, in Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Congress officially defined an HBCU as an institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans, was accredited and was established before 1964. The first HBCU, CHEYNEY University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837. All HBCUs play a critical role in the American higher education system. For most of America’s history, African Americans who received a college education could only get it from an HBCU. Today, HBCUs remain one of the surest ways for an African American, or student of any race, to receive a quality education.

While the 105 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. HBCUs, because of their unique sensibility to the special needs of young African American minds, remain the institutions that demonstrate the most effective ability to graduate African American students who are poised to be competitive in the corporate, research, academic, governmental and military arenas.

UNCF supports minority students at many schools that are not HBCUs. However, UNCF directly supports 37 private HBCUs. HBCUs award more than one in three of the degrees held by African Americans in natural sciences.

HBCUs are experts at educating African Americans: Allen University, Benedict College, Bennett College for Women, Bethune- Cookman University, Claflin University, Dilliard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C Smith, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood University, Paine College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Texas College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wilberforce University, Wiley College and Xavier University of Louisiana

Remember a mind is a terrible thing to waste! For more information on the UNCF, check out their website at http://www.uncf.org


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(From left to right, City of North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey, Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO UNCF, City of Summerville Mayor William “Bill” Collins, and City of Charleston Mayor Joe P. Riley Jr.)


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The Master of Arts in Teaching Performing Arts prepares students for South Carolina licensure in public schools while encouraging them to develop their own artist pursuits. Charleston’s world renowned arts community provides the perfect opportunity for students to network and intern with arts professionals and educators alike.  The program continued to grow and develop this past year with the addition of an exciting new theatre concentration. The new concentration targets students who received their undergraduate degrees in theatre or possess equivalent relevant experience. The program now offers two concentration (choral music and theatre) but plans are in the work to add a third dance component. Students have participated in the Spoleto USA Festival, the College’s concert series and interned at some of Charleston’s oldest historic (and haunted!) theatre. Upon gradution from the program, students are well equipped to teach PreK – 12 arts classes in South Carolina public schools. If you have any questions about the program contact Program Director Laura Turner at turnerl@cofc.edu.

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Life After Graduate School

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 22, 2014 | No Comment |


When I finished college and moved to Charleston I was more excited than nervous. Unlike many of my friends who entered the workforce right out of undergrad, I began graduate school just weeks after receiving my B.A. I was glad that I didn’t have to worry about finding a full-time job and that I could continue studying history. But now that my two years of graduate school have come to a close, I face the same dilemma my friends did after leaving undergrad: What do I do with my life?

The question itself is much more frightening than the reality. Whether you came into graduate school with work experience or not, you leave with something more important. That is, the satisfaction that you obtained a graduate education, which is something you will keep for the rest of your life. Regardless of what you do afterwards, working towards your degree was a rewarding experience.

As for myself, I currently do marketing for a local real estate company. This isn’t something I want to do for the rest of my life and thanks to my M.A. in History from CofC I am prepared for further study if I chose to take that route one day. If not, the transferrable skills I acquired through graduate study prepared me for a variety of jobs and opportunities outside of academia. I suppose the moral of the story is don’t feel trapped by your situation right out of graduate school. You are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in your chosen field thanks to your education, it just might take a bit of time in order to get to the place that you want to be. Your friends who went on to the workforce right out of undergrad understand your situation.

So life in the business world is different from grad school. Not necessarily better, but surely different. Pure research is a wonderful thing; the ivory-tower isolation, the focus, and the unhurried pace may be the only way that some problems can be attacked. In taking a job, you’ll trade that life for a steady paycheck and a universe of opportunities to work with other people on fantastic projects.

I meant this post to provide a realistic guide to how your life will be different in the business world. Don’t be daunted or put-off by the differences. Millions of grad students have made successful and lucrative careers outside the College of Charleston. I did it. You can too.

Bethany Greene

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These days, being professional is about a lot more than a shiny resume and strong educational background. Luckily, the College of Charleston is here to help.

We all know the Graduate School offers top-notch education in a variety of programs to offer students with a competitive edge in the workforce. Excitingly, it also offers resources and opportunities for personal and professional advancement that you should absolutely consider as an integral part of your graduate experience (and in your future career advancement). Here are some of my favorite resources and ideas on this topic that I learned through my experience in the grad school:

1. Professional is not boring (yay)! It’s about making friends and networking, developing a personal brand and professional identity.

You have a built-in network with your program cohort, so help each other grow during and after school. Some of my best interviews came from agencies where I knew friends or colleagues that gave a positive recommendation on my work. This means taking opportunities in grad school (like group or teamwork initiatives) to really showcase that you can work well with others and do your fair share.

  • During school, participate in extracurricular activities and professional clubs to boost your resume, skills set, and personal network. Check out the Graduate School Association or join any number of the clubs on campus that can be found on the Office of Student Life website.


  • After graduation, join professional networking groups like Charleston Young Professionals, Charleston Center for Women, or any number of professional groups related to your field. They offer special engagements and programs for professional learning in a fun atmosphere, as well as opportunities for travel and leadership. And as Alumni, join a chapter group with the CofC Alumni Association for great events and opportunities to give back.





2. Volunteering is a great way to build your professional abilities and impress potential employers.

Find volunteer opportunities during school, at the College itself and with local nonprofits. I found my internship with a local non-profit (Charleston Moves) through the MPA program, and still volunteer with them today! Find a way to help a cause that you care for, or an organization that you love; it will increase your professional opportunities exponentially and provide a platform to showcase your skills pre-interview.

3. Develop your personal brand in a professional way.

This means cleaning up your social networking sites, taking down ethically sensitive photos or posts- you know the drill. But more than that, it means building a personal presence online. For example- start a blog, tweak your Linkedin, upload your papers and projects on Issuu, or present your resume infographically on re.vu. Take time to research applications that will help employers find you, and find the best information about you. And for goodness sake, Google yourself!




4. Have initiative in learning outside of the classroom. Be an opportunist.

I know it’s asking a lot for a busy graduate student to spend precious free time on self learning initiatives, I’ve been there, I really have. But if you can spare a few moments, explore ways to make yourself a more efficient student. Check out the student support and workshops provided by the Graduate School and the Center for Student Learning at CofC. Take classes and workshops on anything that interests you that can help you grow professionally; lessons in languages, graphic arts, programming, and any number of subjects can be found online for free at some major universities and through mysliderule.



5. Get a mentor; seek advice and help when you need it.

Learn from those wiser and more experienced than you. Surround yourself with interesting and worldly people, academics and scholars. Most importantly, find someone whom you feel you can connect with and learn from professionally. For me, it was my program director- Dr. Jo Ann Ewalt- who became a sounding board for my ideas, projects, and occasional frustrations. Her professional guidance allowed me to view new perspectives and pursue new pathways in learning.

  • Present your work at conferences and symposiums to gain valuable advice from colleagues and experts in your field, and add valuable public speaking experience to your professional tool belt.
  • Seek guidance when you are confused, frustrated, or stressed (we’ve all been there) from the Graduate School Office or the College Counseling Center. There are resources available on campus that can address most, if not all, of your personal and professional needs.

6. Learn from the habits of successful people, and know that being professional means you can still follow your dreams.

Check out literature on your role models, learn from people who successfully follow their dreams, and learn to accomplish your own professionally. Also there are many Ted Talks available on the subject of growing professionally and accomplishing goals that I’d recommend to almost anyone, especially Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”. Seek and impress with innovation. There are no limits to what you can accomplish!





Until Next Time,




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Feeling French?

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 14, 2014 | No Comment |


Dust off your red, white and blue again tonight for Charleston’s sixth celebration of Bastille Day! Bastille Day or Fete Nationale began on July 14 1790 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the unity of the French nation. At 6pm tonight, Charlestonian’s dressed as Patriots and Princes will march in a parade leaving from Marion Square singing the French National Anthem. Fish Restaurant (433 King St) is hosting a costume party contest with French Can-Can dancers and live accordion music for entertainment. Dinner consists of a cheese plate, charcuterie, mussels, cocktails, beignets or a four course French meal. At 9pm guests will be invited to participate in 60’s Mod dancing and a cake eating contest. The evening will conclude with another singing of La Marseillaise. Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

Find out the details of the Bastille Day festivities at: http://http://www.charlestonscene.com/article/20140713/CS/140719996/1007/fish-restaurant-celebrates-bastille-day-with-themed-party


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Posted by: McCrayCC | July 7, 2014 | No Comment |

MBA Ceremony 2

Congratulations MBA Class of 2014!!

The largest MBA class of thirty-eight students graduated on Saturday, June 28th in the Cistern Yard. Steve D. Swanson, an alumnus of the College and successful local businessman addressed the new graduates.

The College’s One-Year Global MBA program is unique among its competitors. The program immerses its students in the world of business on both a national and international level for twelve challenging months. The intensive program requires students to complete three online Harvard business classes in preparation for the fall semester. Once students arrive at the College they choose between three cohorts, Finance, Marketing and Hospitality Revenue Management. Students are given the opportunity to travel with their cohort and experience hands-on the competitive, real world of international business. A large number of our recent graduates have jobs waiting for them in their respective fields in the next few months. Congratulations MBA Class of 2014 on all your hard work and accomplishments!

MBA - Brazil


Kristen Adams

Thomas Boyle

Matthew Cox

Maria Dubovik

Nicholas Ellyn

Melissa Gregoire

Patrick Hauer

Kenneth Hawk

Xingling Huang

Dan Kennedy

Benjamin Koetter

Robert Daniel Little

Jason Marks

Victoria Sessoms

Rong Yang

Carter Yates



Benjamin Adams

Chelsea Baker

Shelby Ball

Chelsea Bennett

Kaitlyn Colclough

Story Cosgrove

Thomas Blake Gettinger

Justin Keefe

Nhu Lam

Claudia Patruno

Bailey Peters

Connor Shields

David Traylor

Matthew William

Christian Zastrau


Hospitality Revenue Management

Jason Bilow

Christopher Flowers

Ingrid Gambee

Colin Herlihy

Christina Mellinger

Jonathan Mellinger

Scott Neslage

MBA Ceremony 1

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Celebrate Independence Day !

Posted by: McCrayCC | June 30, 2014 | No Comment |


Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence  on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

With Independence Day just around the corner, start planning your July 4th long weekend! The City of Charleston and surrounding areas are organizing events for the entire family. Come watch the specular fireworks at Patriot’s Point or ocean front celebrations at Folly Beach. Spend time with family and friends and celebrate America’s 238 birthday!


flag cake

Find out more about all of Charleston’s Fourth of July events at: http://www.charlestonlowcountry.com/specialpages/4thofJuly.html


Did you know about some of these unique celebrations and events?

  • Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
  • Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979 Seward was designated “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. Seward has also been proclaimed Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City” by Governor James Exon in proclamation. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.
  • Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4 weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild municipality of Denmark.
  • Since 1972, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.
  • Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
  • Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day.
  • The famous Macy’s fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of that river.
  • Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” annually since 1973. The event was broadcast nationally from 1987 until 2002 on A&E, and from 2003 until 2012 on CBS (who aired the final hour of the event in primetime). In 2013, CBS dropped the Pops broadcast, with no reason given; however, executive producer David G. Mugar believed that an encore presentation of the Macy’s fireworks on NBC aired at 10:00 PM ET/PT was successfully counterprogramming the Boston Pops, since the broadcast lost as much as 20% of its audience in 2012 in comparison to 2011. As it did prior to the cancellation, the full concert continues to air locally by Boston’s CBS affiliate WBZ-TV.
  • On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., “A Capitol Fourth”, a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.


Enjoy your Independence Day!



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!Hola Amigos!

Posted by: McCrayCC | June 24, 2014 | No Comment |

My name is Hayley DeHart and I just finished my first year as a graduate student in the marine biology program here at CofC. My thesis project will involve population genetics in sharks, so my advisor sent me to Costa Rica to attend a class in conservation genetics offered by the Organization of Tropical Studies. Thanks to the CofC graduate study abroad award, I was able to pay for my flight to San Jose and attend this wonderful and useful course.

We traveled to Las Cruces Biological Station near the town of San Vito, about 10 km from the Panamanian border. Las Cruces was part of the Costa Rican rainforest in a very isolated area and was originally started by Edward Wilson, who created a botanical garden with thousands of native and exotic plants that remain to this day. The botanical garden and station now cater to eco-tourism while also allowing several thousand tropical biologists to stay and conduct research every year.


After arriving at the station, we were able to settle in meet with the other students. Most students were Ph.D. candidates from schools across America, but there were also several students from South America. This course provided a great way to meet and network with other students that had many different research interests, but all were interested in wildlife conservation and population genetics.


Every day in the first week of the course we would have lectures in the morning followed by paper discussions (and rain!) in the afternoon. The lectures were intellectually stimulating and the discussions were very open and facilitated by idea flow. It was so nice to be able to learn so much about a biologic topic I had little experience with. During our free time, we usually hiked the many trails that surrounded Las Cruces. There was always something to see, from coatis to waterfalls, hiking felt like a true jungle experience!


At the end of the first week we traveled to Las Alturas, which was higher in the mountains. This field station was much more “rustic,” and consisted of a few bunks, simple bathrooms, and a small classroom. We used electricity only for a few hours at night and lived very simply for the few days we were there. The views were incredible and we learned much about the native tree and plant species in the rainforest during our hikes in the area.

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The second week consisted of computer workshops designed to instruct us how to use software that was pertinent to population genetic techniques. These workshops were very useful for my future research. At the end of the course, it was difficult to say goodbye to all my new found friends, as well as Costa Rica, but the experience was one I could never trade. I am extremely grateful to the graduate school and Graduate School Advisory Board member Dianer Culhane for helping fund my trip, and I would also like to thank my advisor, Dr. Gavin Naylor, for helping fund this incredible study abroad experience.


! Pura Vida!


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