Stephen Holle, ENST '12
As an ENST major at USC I could have never imagined a better summer than 2012. Initially, I enrolled in ENST 480 (Ecosystems Management in Micronesia), which turned my classmates and I into AAUS scientific divers. In the class we looked at the dynamic and interrelated nature of natural resource management and the pressures of human development. A majority of our newly acquired skills were applied in Palau to survey reefs and establish baseline conditions for effective localized management of invaluable marine resources for the conservation and enforcement division of Korror. What inspired me most about this experience are the challenges that relate to effective management and competition related to human development. Once I returned from Guam and Palau I took a boat to Santa Catalina Island to work for the Catalina Island Conservancy. Primarily, we are focused on invasive removal, sustainable trail construction, restoration projects, and flora and fauna surveys. Thus far it has been a facilitating experience to have hands on experience with localized natural resource management and I look forward to exploring the issues related to the critical field of conservation. No other major within USC would have prepared me to address complex environmental issues from an experiential and applied point of view and I look forward to the rest of my summer with ENST.