School for the Environment

Info for Alumni

Where are SFE graduates now? SFE alumni/ae are using the knowledge and skills gained in the program to work for the environment and their communities in a variety of settings, including academia, government, the nonprofit sector, and K-12 education.

Featured alumna Carrie Schuman explores phytoplankton, salt marshes, and marine conservation:

Carrie graduated from the SFE department in December 2008 as part of the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences with a Carrie Schumanmaster's in marine science and technology. After finishing, she completed a six-month internship with the NH Coastal Program working on various projects including: invasive plant monitoring, mapping, control, and public outreach; leading volunteers in salt marsh monitoring; writing articles for the Gulf of Maine Times online; as well assisting with the editing and writing of grant proposals, scientific reports, and press releases.

Her master’s work with Juanita Urban-Rich in her plankton lab gave her the background knowledge necessary for her current position as assistant curator at the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton. The center is part of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The center maintains over 2500 strains of phytoplankton, and provides cultures both within the US and internationally to research institutions and companies engaged in a variety of disciplines including the recently notable area of developing algal biofuels.

She thinks she may want to focus her energy on marine conservation in the future and perhaps even a PhD.

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