Amanda Colton, '09
"As an environmental major, the Green Learning Community really aided me in adjusting to my first-year in college. Linking four of my classes together made it very easy to relate what I was learning to my major and made learning about the environment interesting.
"After junior year I spent the summer as an intern for NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Oregon, where I was responsible for my own research project looking at foraging behavior in larval Pacific cod and walleye pollock. This internship solidified my decision to go to graduate school as I realized that I absolutely loved conducting research!
"I graduated from UNE in May 2009, and I completed my Masters degree in fisheries at the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. As I was finishing my degree I applied and received the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). As a PMF, I am currently working for the U.S. Forest Service as a fish biologist…
"Probably the best part of my UNE experience was the connections I developed with both professors and fellow students. I gained three faculty mentors during my time at UNE who I will probably be in contact with for the rest of my career in this field."