April Meeting – Thursday April 20th – 7:00 PM Room 129 Olin Hall

How to Spend an Alaskan Solstice:
Sea Star Wasting Disease and Environmental Education in the North

On the summer solstice in Homer, Alaska, the sun provides light for 21 hours and 44 minutes. What’s a person to do with all that time? As the Naturalist Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, I lived at a semi-remote field station where my jobs ranged from guiding tourists around tide pools and rain forests, to “raking the cone” in the world’s most northern composting toilet, to collecting tube-feet from diseased sea stars for genetic analysis. In my presentation, I’ll take you on a half-hour journey to experience a slice of life at the Peterson Bay Field Station. My name is Nina, and I’ll be your guide today. Rubber boots optional.

Nina Finley is the 2016 Arthur G. Rempel Scholar. She is Whitman senior majoring in biology-environmental studies. Nina began college studying livestock science at The Ohio State University. She lived her sophomore year in Galápagos, Ecuador, and Brazil. Nina has interned with the Seattle Aquarium’s veterinarian, researched marine disease for NOAA, and studied public lands on Semester in the West. After graduation, Nina will spend twelve months traveling the world and investigating interactions among emerging wildlife diseases and human cultures as a Watson Fellow. She welcomes you to follow her blog,
Natural Selections (ninafinley176.blogspot.com).

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