’18 Honors Associate
Class of 2018
B.S. Marine Science, Minor in Chemistry
As an Honors Student:
- Preceptors: Sharon Tisher (111), Mathew Pifer (112), Nico Jenkins (211) David Gross (212)
Tutorial: Camden Conference
Honors Thesis: A LOOK INTO MILLSTONE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT: ATTITUDES ON
SUSTAINABILITY AND PREVALENCE OF EPIZOOTIC SHELL DISEASE
Advisor: Paul Rawson
Committee: Aaron Strong, Heather Hamlin, Sharon Tisher, David Gross
Description: This was a two-part thesis looking into definitions of sustainability amongst people that worked at the nuclear power plant. As well as looking into the distribution of lobsters with epizootic shell disease, a bacterial infection that eats away at the lobster’s shell. I found that disease prevalence in the area surrounding the nuclear power plant was related to gender distributions and not the thermal plume of water that is discharged from the plant in order to cool the reactors. I also found that sustainability within the plant is defined and talked about with business connotations, it was used in sentences such as “to sustain our business, and shareholder involvement” This thesis opened my eyes to the complex relationship humans have with sustaining the environment and sustaining our way of life. At the end of the day an energy company is trying to provide cheap reliable energy to its customers, because it is what we expect. Just look at what happens when we lose power for a few days.
I spent my time at the University of Maine as President of the Marine Science club, planning ocean conservation weeks, and trying to breed clown fish. I also was the President of Maine Students for Climate Justice a student group that worked towards convincing the University of Maine to divest fully from fossil fuels. I truly enjoyed my time at the university and I am excited to work with the incoming and current honors students!