Volunteer Details: 

I am writing because I would like to participate in and contribute to some of your research projects during this Spring, 2018 semester. I am extremely passionate about marine biology and environmental studies and I know that working with you as part as my ISP at The School of International Training would be a great match for my interests and abilities.


I have always had a love and fascination for the ocean growing up, which has only grown stronger with time. I have grown up in the water and feel very comfortable spending extended periods of time in the ocean. I am also a very experienced snorkeler, as I have had much practice snorkeling for the past 10 years in the Atlantic Ocean.  


This past summer I took two courses in chemistry along with two labs at City Tech in NYC so I would have time to take on an additional second major at Connecticut College. While attending these intensive classes, I learned important laboratory techniques involving the analysis of different substances. Our final lab exam involved comparing several different water types taken from various sources in the NYC area such as rain water and water from the Hudson River, and testing the samples for acidity, conductivity, and dissolved ions.


Currently, I am a junior at Connecticut College. I expect to graduate in May 2019 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology, with a concentration in ecology. While at Connecticut College, I have taken several classes that have allowed me to develop important fieldwork skills and data collection, organism identification skills, and advanced laboratory techniques used in the field of biology. These classes include: Cells, organisms, ecology, genetics, general chemistry I and II, statistics, advanced regression statistics, plants protists and fungi, environmental studies as a natural science, physical geology, introduction to botany, and an environmental activism class. I believe these skills would allow me excel at the research conducted at the Lizard Island Field station. I’m very interested in expanding further on the impacts coral bleaching has on coral reef fish, or potentially look closely at mutualistic behaviors between various reef species.


I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. 

Contact Name: 
Kirsten Rodek
Contact Email: 
Volunteer Location: 
Queensland area, Great Barrier Reef