Student and Alumni Spotlight

At the School of Freshwater Sciences we have the privilege of working with some remarkable students.

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Steven DeVilbiss (MS Professional Science ’16)

Steven DeVilbiss is using his degree from UWM to help protect the water supply in a job with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Listen to his story.

Caroline Mosley (MS Thesis ’14)

“Invasive mussels have drastically altered energy flow in Lake Michigan. Although the nearshore mussels have been studied extensively, very little is known about offshore mussels that thrive in the colder, nutrient-poor depths. My research focuses on studying these offshore mussels and how they cycle nutrients by filtering up to 4 liters of water per day. Because of my studies at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, I have become SCUBA certified and dove on Lake Michigan’s west and east sides, conducted research on-board the Environmental Protection Agency monitoring and research vessel R/V Lake Guardian, and traveled to Portland, OR to present my research at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting.”

In 2015, Caroline traveled to Washington DC for the John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow working as a Science Communications Specialist for NOAA. After completing her fellowship, Caroline took a position with The Wilderness Society as a Digital Content Producer for the organizations energy and climate campaign.

Becky Curtis (PhD Candidate)

Becky Curtis has always been interested in the environment and how societies interact with and impact nature. This fall she will wrap up her doctoral work at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences and embark on the next step of her freshwater sciences career: a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

She was one of 74 graduate students in the country selected for the prestigious Sea Grant fellowship. She will be a fisheries management specialist in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries. She will be learning about highly migratory species such as tunas, sharks, swordfish, and billfish, in the US Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.

“I’ll learn about fisheries reporting/monitoring, rulemaking, and presenting data and policy information to stakeholders, and I will be able to get experience with policy management domestically and internationally,” she says.

Click here to read more about Becky’s path to Washington, DC.