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Raising Pollution Awareness Through Art

Ethan Estess was a Masters student in Earth Systems whose interests include studio art, mechanical engineering, and ocean science.  His focus in school and life is to synergistically combine ideas from different disciplines to help preserve the marine environment.  A lifelong surfer, Ethan studied white shark ecology in the Block Lab at Hopkins Marine Station.

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Ecology and Conservation

Throughout his Stanford career, Johnny has ventured into some of the world’s richest ecosystems to perform ecological field research. As a freshman, Johnny participated in the Stanford@SEA Program, which brought him to the central Pacific to study coral response to thermal stress at Palmyra atoll. Johnny also conducted a two-year conservation biology study of the world’s rarest macaw specie...

Corals and Climate

Nick Jachowski interned at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he examined the effects of climate change on coral reefs in Bermuda.  Nick CT scanned brain corals and analyzed their skeletal growth patterns.  He then created a computer program that calculated the yearly growth rate of the corals and analyzed the growth rate data to determine which environmental factors coul...

Invasive Species in Yosemite

Cara Brook investigated the invasion of the non-native common raven in the Yosemite National Park ecosystem.  Her research sought to connect the invasion with National Park Service policy and increased anthropogenic activity. She conducted bird count transects in the park, which revealed that the raven is most densely distributed in human-populated regions of Yosemite. She later condu...

Elephant Behavior and Hormone Fluctuation - Etosha National Park, Namibia

During the summer of 2011, Patrick Freeman spent a month researching bull elephant behavior and hormone fluctuation at a remote waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Serving as a research assistant to Dr. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, Patrick was able to pursue his lifelong dream of studying elephants in the wild. He collected intricate behavioral observations on the population of highly s...

An Ecosystem Services Strategy for the Peruvian Amazon

Alex Markham investigated the ornamental fisheries industry in the Peruvian Amazon. The aim of his research was to determine how the fisheries industry could strike a balance among economics, livelihoods, and conservation in rural Peruvian communities. He focused his attention on implementing practices that were economically and environmentally viable. He later continued his research in Peru su...

Chasing Giants

Chris Fedor and Chris Hanson investigated the intersection of cultural, historical, political, economic, and environmental constraints facing the Norwegian whaling industry. They spent two months in Norway interviewing stakeholders in the local whaling industry. They sought answers to three primary questions: Is Norwegian whaling sustainable? Are environmentalists effectively focusing their res...

Ecotourism's Impact

Danny Karp's internship took him to Peru, where he studied the response of wild birds to recorded tourist vocalizations. Danny hypothesized that tourist noise creates stress in birds and makes observation more difficult. He suggested that reducing noise volume would be mutually beneficial, as tourists would see more wildlife and wildlife would experience less stress. Danny traveled to an ecotou...