Kelly Lam ’19 (second from left), Ryan Nelson ’19 (back row with shovel), Gabby Vargas ’18 (front row in Wesleyan t-shirt) and Emily Murphy ’18 (green hat) participated in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program this summer at the University of Michigan.
Five Doris Duke Conservation Scholars spent the past summer researching sustainability, environmental justice and policy, agriculture, water ecology and ecosystem productivity.
As Doris Duke Scholars, Kelly Lam ’19, Gabby Vargas ’18, Emily Murphy ’18, Olivia Won ’18 and Ryan Nelson ’19 received two summer experiential learning and research opportunities at the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. They will return next summer to complete the second segment of their research program.
Kelly Lam, pictured second from left, joins fellow Doris Duke Conservation Scholars for a paddle in Michigan.
Kelly Lam ’19 conducted her research on farms and orchards in the greater Ann Arbor, Mich. area through the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. Her study is titled “Effects of Field Management and Surrounding Landscapes of Pumpkin and Squash Farms on the Species Richness of Bees: How Local Agriculture and Landscape May Affect the Diversity of Pollinator Communities.”
“My main interest in the environment has always been policy, and conducting scientific research has allowed me to broaden my scope of interest in the environmental field—not limited to just social policy,” she said. “My experience as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow allowed me to appreciate the natural environment and coexist with other species.”
A New York City resident, Lam rarely explored natural places on her own, and the DDCSP provided opportunities to view landmarks such as Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and an urban community garden in Detroit. She learned how to catch bees, use ArcGIS programming and statistical analysis software and work alongside fellow researchers. Lam also attended seminars on promoting diversity in the environmental field.
“There was a lot of flexibility in what I wanted to research
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