Tyler Pidgeon

Tyler Pidgeon
Environmental Studies-Biology
Enfield, New Hampshire
As a freshman, I was a recipient of the Bradley Evers Outstanding First Year Student Award. I have been an active member of Dance Ensemble for two years choreographing and now currently serving on the executive board. I have also been an active member of the Environmental Action Organization (EAO) here at St. Lawrence for two years.

I was drawn to St. Lawrence for its study abroad program,
sense of community, and excellent science programs. I have always had a great
respect for the environment and after my First Year Seminar with Dr. Jon
Rosales that focused on climate change and the end of oil, I realized that my
academic interests were deeply rooted in environmental studies. This April I
will be attending Power Shift 2011, where thousands of young leaders from
around the country gather to push our government toward a more sustainable and
cleaner future by shifting away from dirty energy sources and severing the link
between big corporations and our democracy. This summer I will be studying
abroad in Kenya participating in two courses: one which focuses on conservation
efforts in the media through photography of the natural world, and another
which looks at the debates and management problems in preserving Kenya’s
national parks and their rich biodiversity.

As a part of the First Year Program at St. Lawrence, each first-year
student is required to write a research paper in the spring relating to the
topic of their FYS. The paper I wrote focused on how climate change is
predicted to expand the range and reach of many infectious diseases, increasing
the chance of infection globally. Dr. Rosales shared my paper with one of his
colleagues and St. Lawrence graduate, Michael Brubaker, who works with the
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and is co-director of the Center for
Climate and Health. Mr. Brubaker intends to include my paper in one of their upcoming
editions of Climate and Health E-News, and also intends to share it with his
colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control, Arctic Investigations Program.