Environmental Science and Studies
Natalie is an Environmental Sustainability Fellow and a Gillespie Museum Guide. She has been an excellent student in the classroom and has also been involved in a variety of research projects outside of class that take advantage of her love of the outdoors. She completed her senior research, which she presented at Stetson Showcase, on the pollinator community in the restored sandhill ecosystem on Stetson’s campus behind the Rinker Environmental Learning Center.
Pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining functioning and healthy ecosystems by facilitating plant reproduction and supporting biodiversity but are at risk of displacement from loss of natural habitat due to human interference. Therefore, her study was both timely and important. Through her work, Natalie was able to determine the utility of blue vane traps in an urban setting in reference to other collection methods in order to conduct a census of the insect population in the Sandhill as baseline data for future studies.
Natalie combined her commitment to protecting the environment with a keen eye for the natural world in her work at Gillespie Museum. Natalie plans to take a gap year and apply for jobs in the environmental science field to obtain experience before deciding if she wants to go to graduate school, and if so, what field she will study.