Alma College environmental studies students Brannon Roach and Hunter Wilson presented research projects at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) international conference in Sacramento, Cali
“The students were able to interact with scientists from academia, industry and government,” says Amanda Harwood, assistant professor of environmental studies and biology. “They were able to experience the various research areas of environmental toxicology from multiple perspectives as well as explore future opportunities.”
To present at SETAC, students must submit an abstract, which is reviewed by the chairs of the session they applied for. Both students were accepted by their selected session.
Roach, Columbiaville senior, presented “Development of Chronic Water-only Toxicity Testing Using Hexagenia.”
Wilson, Mayville junior, presented “Evaluating E. coli Exposure to Anglers of the Pine River, Michigan” in a project that was supported in part by the Healthy Pine River Group.
“It is impressive to hear attendees ask our undergraduates what year of their master’s or Ph.D. program they are in,” says Murray Borrello, faculty chair of environmental science. “Not many undergraduates are selected to present, so this is a big deal.”
Two Alma College alumni also attended the November 2018 conference: Grace Sutherland, a 2017 graduate who is pursuing a master of science degree in environmental science at Baylor University, and Cody Henderson, a 2016 graduate who is pursing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Florida International University.