Conor Michaud, GIS analyst, water quality team, microbiology team leader:  "Just want to reach out and let you know that I am now the Community Stewardship Program Coordinator at Wildlands Trust down here in Plymouth!

I have a substantial amount of gratitude for the influence you had in the development of my scientific passions and the positive reference you have provided for me throughout my years. I am SO happy to back in Massachusetts and just as happy and thankful to have been given this opportunity at the Wildlands Trust. WT is a nonprofit operating mostly in South East MA where we work to protect conservation land and work with local communities to establish protected conservation land.

I have had CSCR in mind during this whole process and I am really hoping to somehow work with CSCR or associated conservation groups that helped create my passion for conservation."

-email, July 2017 
 
Melinda Dignam, United Water Intern, Cohasset waste water treatment plant; NPDES water quality compliance team:  
"... I was offered a research position on campus at USC with a stipend! (couldn’t pass up such a great offer) I was competing with two other sophomores for the position (one was my lab partner!!!!!) and the professor said he really liked that I had prior experience in wastewater as the research is on the complexity of copper in seawater and how it affects biological life. I am pretty confident that the internship at United Water was one of the factors in choosing me over the other candidates and that I am hoping to pursue working with water in the future (as I am sure professors wants to take on students with an interest in the subject). It’s crazy how everything comes full circle, and that CSCR is the group that showed me the internship at WWTF! (April 2015).  Update, 2017: CSCR paved my journey to studying chemical/environmental engineering at USC.” Melinda’s advice for current high school students: “Go join CSCR now!"

 
Dom Brennan, Wetland Monitoring Team, Parker Ave Clean Up Leader, Junior Marsh Monitors Counselor:  I arrived in Knoxville on the 31st of July (2015), having spent a few days in Philadelphia and Charlottesville during the drive down. I am really excited to be down here, it is a 
great little city with so much going on and, relatively, easy access to some amazing hiking! I spent the first few days of August hiking in the Smokies before starting on the 4th. Thank you so much for all of the advice and education over the years. I am hard pressed to find another mentor that has so directly influenced how I have chosen to live - with never ending passion and commitment to environmentalism, community and education.  This past week was the first actual week, whereas the prior was the do's and do not's of AmeriCorps; I will be working under Knox County Stormwater as part of their Water Quality Team. Essentially, I will be doing both public outreach and education of water quality issues in the local watersheds with 8th - 10th graders, as well as testing and engaging in remediation service projects.  I know that this wasn't the program for which you wrote a recommendation, however when I was accepted to this one it just seemed to fit a whole lot more. I have caught myself thinking that it's CSCR's Knoxville office.  
 
 Ashley Howard, NPDES Water Quality Team, Parker Ave Clean Up Leader, Lab Manager, and Henry David Thoreau Scholar: Like a number of other Thoreau Scholars, Ashley spent several years working at CSCR, where she analyzed the health of area wetlands, eventually becoming a student lab manager by the summer after her freshman year of college. Since then, she has conducted research in such varied places as the Camp Davis Field Station in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Biogeochemistry and Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Lab at the University of Michigan. “Studying wetland systems, you see how connected we all are to water, whether it’s the family taking their kids to the beach or the New England fishermen whose livelihood depends on the oceans. Then you quickly realize how many people globally lack access to clean water.”  In a 2017 email, Ashley stated, "[t]he project I most enjoyed working on at CSCR was the Beaches & Harbor Water Quality monitoring. This project, and CSCR overall, helped build the foundation for my science education, and encouraged me to understand the importance of water quality to public health. I have just completed my master of science in environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, having written a thesis that investigates the role of carbon filters in microbial water quality of household systems. I will be starting a career as a regulatory scientist in Washington, DC in a few months."
 
Jonathan Choi, pictured sifting field samples for macro-invertebrates, spent significant time at CSCR doing wetland monitoring and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping of phragmites, the tall invasive reed that grows excessively in our marshes. Jonathan went on to earn both his BS and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013. He’s now plying his craft, he tells us, at a high-end super luxury electric car start-up in Houston. “We don't have a car yet, but expect to roll out our first prototype in the summer. The company is really small with only 5 full time employees, but I like it. It's still very much in the beginning phase and I don't know what the future will be, but I have high hopes.” When asked to describe the role CSCR played in his life, he stated that “CSCR was a big help mentally, more than technically. Going through the scientific/engineering process and getting my hands involved was the most helpful thing I got out of CSCR.”

 
 Megan Richardson, filtering bacteria samples with Jonathan Choi looking on, graduated from Lafayette College in 2014 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Megan won the prestigious Thoreau Foundation Scholarship in high school, in a large part due to her commitment to research at CSCR. She’s currently spending 27 months in Tanzania with the Peace Corps teaching math and physics in southwest Tanzania. She’s simultaneously pursuing her MS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Humanitarian Engineering at Oregon State University. What does CSCR mean to Megan? Visit her LinkedIn page and you’ll see that she notes her experience as a “Summer Researcher, Project Leader, Center for Student Coastal Research, from June 2006 – Aug 2010. That’s 4 years of research at CSCR that she continues to find worthy of a place in her quite impressive resume.

 
August Oddleifson
"I feel incredibly fortunate to have participated in CSCR's summer projects as a high school student. They gave me a strong foundation in research and the scientific method that served me well in college and as a professional. I also have so many fun memories from my time at CSCR. It's a true Cohasset gem and an opportunity not to be missed!" 
 
Evan Deutsch

Evan’s lifelong passion for environmental studies and conservation crystalized during his middle school and high school days spent at the CSCR. From exploring the health of the harbor to installing passive solar tubes in the CSCR classroom, Evan found mentorship, support, and inspiration from the staff and other students at the Center.

CSCR helped Evan on his was to attend the Maine Coast Semester in his junior year at CHS. Upon graduation, Evan was awarded the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship and went on to study Environmental Science and Architecture at Middlebury College (Class of 2012).

Today, Evan serves as the Managing Director of Oxbow, a creative agency that he cofounded in 2014. Oxbow helps non-profit and mission-driven clients like The Humane Society, WildAid, TED Talks, 1% for the Planet, and Panthera to navigate the digital landscape and drive their conservation causes forward.

“CSCR was truly the outlet that helped me to channel my passion,” says Evan. “I wanted to do good in the world, and CSCR provided a clear direction at a critical time.”

Check out Evan's featured profile filmed inside CSCR during his senior year in high school.