Three Seas student studies large-scale geographic trends in consumption pressure
Jon Rodemann, an alumnus of the Three Seas program, has published a paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series. He carried out his research during his six-month Three Seas masters internship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. The findings of this study show that predatory rates of fish close to shore are higher at low latitudes on the US east coast due to more species interactions.
Undergraduate student Tim Briggs (S’19) spent six weeks during the summer of 2017 combining his passion for marine science and underwater photography. The results are stunning. Briggs, who also completed the Three Seas Program where he received training in underwater research methods, is one of 15 winners from around the world who won a competition called #ThisFirst, launched by the skate, surf, and snowboarding apparel company Volcom. He is is pursuing a major in marine biology and a minor in photography. Check out some of Briggs’ incredible images here.
Alumni Career Paths
Students completing the Three Seas program have acquired the skill set needed to pursue exciting opportunities in marine research. Our alumni have gained admission to the best graduate schools and are now leaders in their field.
During the summer between the two Three Seas semesters, we have had huge success in placing our students in exciting co-op and internship positions and in assisting students choose complementary coursework. Over the past decade our students have been engaged in research efforts in Australia, the Bahamas, California, French Polynesia, Florida, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Jamaica, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Taiwan, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Within a few years of completing the program, many of our students are pursuing graduate degrees in marine science. Some alumni first work as technicians before entering school, while others use the Three Seas program as an immediate springboard into a graduate program. Alumni of Three Seas have joined the ranks of leading scientists in academia, state and federal government agencies, private consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations.
However, not all alumni choose a career in marine science. Many enter the program undecided between two or more career paths, or simply participate in the Three Seas program to gain a greater appreciation of marine life. The intense academic experience and group dynamic serves our students well no matter which path they choose. Our alumni have also pursued careers as doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, secondary school teachers, engineers, or in a variety of business pursuits.
Three Seas students spend the year in the company of graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and scientists from both academia and the private sector, all of whom provide their personal perspective regarding their career. Students leave this program well informed of their career options and what lies ahead at each stage of the process. While some ultimately choose a career not directly related to marine science, all have gained a life-long appreciation of the field of marine biology.