Mariah Gill, B.S. ENST '12
Growing up in Lahaina, Maui, my world pre-Los Angeles consisted of the West Maui Mountains, Launiupoko Valley, maybe a few thousand people and, of course, the ocean. Imagine my dismay when millions of people and miles of cement met me in LA! Overwhelmed, I stumbled into Dr. Jim Haw’s office my sophomore year and made possibly the best decision of my life.
With an “Ocean, Life and People” concentration, I have been part of the inaugural group of students to participate in a special block semester on Catalina Island. I also was in the first group to complete the AAUS scientific diver training and travel to Guam and Palau to study biodiversity and the impact of the Navy expansion in Guam. My research has been in Marine Protected Areas and the public’s interaction with them. To date I have completed two individual research projects on the topic and presented my findings at two symposia, one the UC Berkeley National McNair Symposium.
This fall I will be attending Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a Master's in Environmental Management with a focus on water management. This is a two year master's program that will open up doors for a career in environmental management or a PhD in Coastal Resource Management. I am very excited for this opportunity and can not thank Dr. Jim Haw, Dr. James Fawcett, Dr. Lisa Collins, Dr. David Ginsburg, Naomi, or the Dornsife School enough for supporting me here at USC.