Marine Sciences alumni talk about their experiences in the department and where they’ve ended up.
Kevin Nebiolo: BA ’04, environmental consultant
When he graduated from marine sciences, Kevin did an environmental internship at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the Office of Long Island Sound Programs. Some of his work included included enhancing the state’s ability to preserve sensitive coastal areas and projects that implemented Connecticut’s Coastal Zone Management Act. He now works at Kleinschmidt Associates, an energy and water resources consulting firm, where he does environmental analysis for federally funded renewable energy projects. He says that the interdisciplinary approach that the Department of Marine Sciences gave him has been invaluable because it has allowed him to be flexible and respond to new tasks, which he says are fundamental skills for consulting.
Lillianna: BS ’08, teacher
Following graduation, Lillianna Baczeski joined Teach for America’s 2008 Hawai’i Corps. From 2008 through 2011, she taught fourth grade science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, visual art, and music at Palisades Elementary School in Pearl City, Hawaii. She founded and led after-school interest groups in marine science, as well as a summer ﬁlm institute. Now she teaches students in the Chicago area. She says that capstone coursework requiring undergraduates to present technical scientiﬁc information to an audience of peers and professors prepared her to speak in front of students and groups of new teachers.
Callie Megargle: BA ’03, marine mechanician
After graduation, Callie worked as an educator at the Mystic Aquarium. Today she’s employed by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in California, where she helps to develop and build specialized floats that gather ocean data. The floats, she says, will help scientists better understand the workings of the Arctic Ocean. As a student, she participated in summer undergraduate research, and she says this experience helped her understand the concepts she learned in the classroom, because she got to see them firsthand.