Alumni of the Program

Amy explains how to calculate the phenotype value.

Amy explains how to calculate the phenotype value.

Amy Rowlatt ’09

Majored in Biology at Warren Wilson College

Amy Rowlatt is working on her Ph.D. at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.  You can read how her Undergraduate Research led her there on her blog, My Life A Scientist:

NSURS Students building a Salmon Crib (breeding habitat) at Mt. McKinley, Alaska.

NSURS Students building a Salmon Crib (breeding habitat) at McKinley Lake, Alaska.

Andrew Morin ’06

Majored in Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College

Andrew Morin currently works for the Forest Service in Cordova, Alaska.  He recently hosted a service opportunity for current WWC students enrolled in Mark Brenner and Robert Hastings’ study abroad course.  The class surveyed salmon smolts (juveniles) in small tributaries to monitor yearly population fluctuations and built and installed fish cribs (protected area) for McKinley Lake to enhance habitat for juvenile sockeye salmon.

Rebecca Rudicell

Rebecca Rudicell

Rebecca Rudicell ’05

Majored in Chemistry and Biology at Warren Wilson College

“I’m very grateful for the education I received at WWC. I think fondly of the chemistry lounge and the friendly environment.”
Rudicell, a graduate student in the microbiology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, works in the lab of Beatrice Hahn, M.D., one of the pioneers of HIV research. She is funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) program called Med into Grad, which encourages graduate students to work in areas that will have clinical impact.

Rudicell has spent the past three years studying simian immunodeficiency virus in chimpanzees SIVcpz from chimp feces collected off the forest floor in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Not surprisingly, the research by Rudicell and colleagues is receiving widespread attention. She is one of the co-authors of a journal article presenting the finding in Nature, the highly respected international weekly journal of science.

Sky Stephens

Sky Stephens

Sky Stephens ’04

Majored in Environmental Studies and Chemistry at Warren Wilson College

“I am still friends with many people that I meet during my time at WWC and despite our often drastically different journeys pre and post WWC we always seem to pick up right where we left off.”

While at Wilson, Sky worked closely with her faculty, acted in several theater productions, co-presented a poster at the Conservation Biology Society’s annual meeting, participated in a WorldWide program in the Bahamas, and went to Romania to photograph the total solar eclipse. Sky went on to earn a Masters in Forestry and a PhD at Northern Arizona University, becoming a “self-professed ant geek.” She focused her doctoral research in West Africa using ants as indicators of land use, forest type, and as general measures of biodiversity. After returning from Ghana, she worked for ten days at the Natural History Museum in Oxford to improve her ant taxonomy skills. She even has an ant species named after her – Pheidole stephensi.

Currently, Sky is a Forest Entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service. Her job is a healthy mix of research, academics, public outreach and education. She writes a quarterly insect and disease newsletter, which started as an interagency education piece to bring new research and literature to her colleagues, and now has over 2000 readers.

Keri Parker at work.

Keri Parker

Keri Parker ’97

Majored in Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College

“One of the cool things about Wilson is that they teach you how to volunteer. The volunteer ethic becomes part of who you are, and you learn how to approach organizations for opportunities. Volunteering is one of the best ways to build experience and connections within the professional community.”

 Keri Parker credits her experiences at Wilson as formative for her career, including her Environmental Leadership Center internship with the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin in Maine, which led to her future employment with the project. Keri went on to earn a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.

Currently, Keri is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Affairs Program, where she provides scientific and management guidance in the conservation of species, populations, and habitats affected by international trade. She co-founded the Pangolin Conservation Support Initiative with colleagues from the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders fellowship program.