Why UMass Boston? Picture of students on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.

Life on Campus

Greg Meyers inspects the lemons in the Biology Department Greenhouses on the fourth floor of the Science Center.

Greg Meyers

  • Class of 2013

  • Student researcher, photographer, and greenhouse assistant

Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences major Greg Meyers (’13) considers himself lucky. Right outside the physical walls of the UMass Boston campus is a living laboratory. And within four hours is the Nantucket Field Station, a 107-acre field site of salt marsh and harbor waterfront that the university uses for teaching and research.

As a member of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Club, Meyers took a field trip to Nantucket in 2010. While there, he was able to use the field station facilities to conduct some research on erosion.

While on campus, Meyers is able to help professors conduct research in what is considered a hidden jewel on campus—the Biology Department Greenhouses.

“Right now we’re working with turtles. One of the biology professors who runs the research has allowed us to maintain those tanks and keep [the turtles] healthy,” Meyers says.
Meyers and two other students who work in the greenhouses also tend to the plants in the greenhouses; Meyers’s plant and flower photos are posted on the Biology Department Greenhouses’ web page.

Meyers also assists Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences William Robinson with his research project.

“We’re working on extracting proteins from muscles to try to see how heavy metals bind to proteins and build off of metals in those proteins,” Meyers explains.

Given the opportunities that Meyers is taking advantage of, it’s easy to see why Meyers considers himself lucky.

“Why UMass Boston? I’d say it’s for the outstanding faculty, the opportunities that arise from the outstanding faculty, and all the resources I need to further my education,” he says.

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