Posted December 17, 2013
Name: Eric Chien
Major(s)/Minor: Biology and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Golden Valley, Minnesota
Leadership on campus: Co-president of Bowdoin Rod and Gun Club, Men’s Tennis Team
Environmental Mission: I strive to use whatever skills I can offer to further the goals of a healthy environment and communities.
How have you been involved in sustainability efforts on campus?
I was a college house eco-rep my sophomore year. I had the pleasure of working with the residents of Baxter house, who did an awesome job engaging in sustainability challenges including winning the energy competition. I have worked in the sustainability office for the last two years working on a variety of projects. I designed and implemented a green dorm room certification last year, and am in the midst of putting together a sustainability strategic master plan this year.
What course or professor helped you to connect with sustainability on campus?
I came into college hoping to directly engage in sustainability work, but all of the environmental studies courses I have taken have given me better insight into sustainability issues and their solutions.
Have you been involved in a summer research fellowship? What did that entail?
The summer after my sophomore year I worked as a research assistant in Professor John Lichter’s Ecology Lab. My research was part of a larger multi-institution research project, which had the goal of socio-ecological recovery of the Merrymeeting Bay- Estuary- Coastal Ecosystem. I spent much of the summer mapping the recovery of aquatic vegetation in the bay and monitoring the population of juvenile river herring.
How do you think will you remain involved in sustainability efforts after graduation?
I intend to either pursue a graduate degree in ecology or natural resource management. I think ecological knowledge and understanding is an integral component of making informed sustainability decisions. There is also so much to know about the natural world and how it functions that the possible topics of exploration are essentially endless.