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The Most Outstanding Environment Major Service Award - given to an Environment student for excellence in service to the program, for all of your work over the years during your time at Loyola. We look forward to seeing how you use your degree to make a difference in the environment sector.     

The Most Outstanding Environment Major Research Award - given to an Environment student for excellence in research for your natural history studies on the brown widow spider.  We look forward to seeing how you use your degree to make a difference in the environment sector.

I recently transitioned into an Ecologist position within my company, Arcadis. I am doing wetland delineation, environmental impact surveys, and writing reports for the DOT concerning the environmental/ecological impact of infrastructure expansion in Georgia. Arcadis subsidizes higher education and I intend to pursue my Masters and potentially a PhD in the coming years. It’s an exciting opportunity and my education at Loyola has helped me find my way here. 


Earned, not given. 

I graduated as a US Coast Guardsman and I couldn’t be happier! Next stop: USCGC Petrel in San Diego!

Mariana Kendall, ENVB ’20, is studying the effects of the removal of invasive water hyacinth with the use of the herbicide 2,4-D on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities that live on the

Dr. Joel MacClellan (Philosophy faculty 2014-present, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 2012). Professor MacClellan teaches courses such as Environmental Ethics and the Philosophy of Science at Loyola. His recent research is in the ethics of conservation biology, and his recent talks include an argument that wild animals’ have limited privacy rights which can be violated through documentary filmmaking, zoo cameras, wildlife tracking, etc., and the view that an animal rights perspective is compatible with invasive species management.

Allie Belcher, Environmental Studies minor, is spending the spring semester at the St. Eustatia Center for Archaeological Research in the Caribbean going out into the field and digging in areas to find artifacts that can tell us something about the history of the island. Once they properly collected artifacts, they then catalogue them by recording their context and identifying each item. From there, they can either reaffirm what is known about St. Eustatius’ history or create a new story altogether.


Sidney Williams, ENVB ‘20 is currently working on a research project investigating the effects of
silicate concentrations of growth of a diatom, Skeletonema costatum, in a defined media. The
motivation to produce a media alternative to the universal, nutrient-rich media, is to more accurately
monitor the growth of diatoms based on the chemistry of the water from where they were collected.
The organisms found within Lake Pontchartrain have adapted to thrive with the proportion of

Dr. Phil Bucolo is an aquatic community ecologist with a primary focus on lower food web dynamics
specifically algal and aquatic plant ecophysiology and biogeochemical processes. He is interested in the
environmental processes that drive organismal interactions and how those interactions affect aquatic
community ecology. His lab is currently involved in a number of research endeavors that include
undergraduate collaboration. Loyola biochemistry major Jared Chan and Dr. Bucolo are quantifying

Congratulations to Loyola University New Orleans Environmental Science and Biology students in my research lab for successfully presenting their research at the 2019 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development conference in Chicago. They competed in the Undergraduate Mentored Research poster competition.  Katie Rompf, ENVB '20, placed 3rd in the competition and was awarded a cash prize and a one-year membership in the organization.


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