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MCP Students

SoMAS hosts a diverse student body. Learn more about our students and alumni below! Click on individuals to see their interests and how they plan to use what they’ve learned from the MCP program in their future careers.

MCP Student Profiles

New Student BBQ 2017

New Student BBQ 2017

Many thanks to the people who helped with New Student BBQ this past Friday.  Interim Dean Larry Swanson noted that "the food, decorations, and weather were great, and we had a very good turnout.  This is a wonderful SoMAS tradition and one of the highlights of the...

Rachael Coccia

Rachael Coccia

I attended SUNY Fredonia with a major in Public Relations and minors in Biology and Psychology. I have always been interested in marine sciences. After taking an environmental science class at Fredonia I decided I wanted to assist in environmental efforts. I was able...

Shannon Davis

I attended Purchase College for undergrad and got a BFA in Dramatic Writing. I decided to pursue a graduate degree in Marine Conservation and Policy because I have always had a deep passion for marine life and conservation but my strengths were more geared toward...

Kaitlin Johnson

I attended SUNY Cortland for undergrad and was a biology major. I chose to attend this program here at Stony Brook because I not only wanted the education in marine biology, but I also wanted the education in conservation policy. This program I felt would leave me...

Whitney Leigh

Whitney Leigh

I attended the University of Dayton for undergrad and earned a B.A. in Public Relations and then proceeded to gain my teaching license. I have always been interested in learning about the ocean and the creatures that live beneath the surface and growing up in Alaska...

Jennifer Perfater-Barton

Jennifer Perfater-Barton

I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergrad and earned a BSc. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Geological Sciences. After undergrad I worked as a research technician at Washington University School of Medicine for 2 years. I then went to...

Jenna Schwerzmann

I attended Stony Brook University for undergrad and majored in Marine Vertebrate Biology. I started the MCP program 2 years after finishing my Bachelor’s. I stayed involved with my undergraduate research lab, which looked into sea turtle diet around Long Island, and...

Rachel Silver

I attended Stony Brook for my Bachelors in Environmental Science with a minor in Marine Science. I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I thought the MCP program would combine my love for science and my desire to help others understand the importance of marine...

Molly Vogt

Molly Vogt

Growing up on Long Island I was always drawn to the waters around me. From a young age I was curious about the oceans and the animals that inhabit them. This curiosity quickly turned into a passion and I ran with it.  As an undergraduate, I interned on a humpback...

Liana Simpson

Liana Simpson

I am a Long Island native and grew up loving the beaches of Long Island. I graduated May of 2015 with my Bachelor of Science in Coastal Environmental Studies and minored in Marine Science from Stony Brook University.  In my studies I focused mainly on Long Island’s...

MCP Alumni Profiles

Former MCP Student Tackling Global Conservation Issues

Former MCP Student Tackling Global Conservation Issues

Carolyn Weis, a graduate of the MCP program, is applying the skills she acquired from the program to her job with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), where she is the Program Manager for the Oceans Caucus Program. Working closely with congressmen...

Sarah Schaefer (MA, 2013)

Sarah Schaefer (MA, 2013)

Sarah Schaefer is currently the Program Coordinator for the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP). In this job she facilitates the Peconic Estuary watershed protection and restoration projects, monitoring and research. She also assists municipalities and not-for-profits to...

Kenneth Lang (MA, 2013)

Kenneth Lang (MA, 2013)

Former Marine Conservation and Policy Masters student Kenneth Lang (fall 2013) was recently selected for the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The competitive fellowship recruits students from 33 Sea Grant programs nationwide to complete a one year...

Elizabeth Rogers (MA, 2012)

Elizabeth Rogers (MA, 2012)

In her current role as Fire Island National Seashore's Public Affairs Specialist, Elizabeth manage press relations, digital media, and lead science communications efforts. She works closely with experts from all divisions within the National Park Service and with...

Jake LaBelle (MA, 2012)

Jake LaBelle (MA, 2012)

Jake LaBelle, a graduate of the Marine Conservation and Policy (MCP) Master’s program, has found career success at the New York Seascape. The New York Seascape, a program operated through the Wildlife Conservation Society, seeks to protect habitat and species that...

Laura Picariello (MA, 2012)

Laura Picariello (MA, 2012)

Laura Picariello, former MCP student, is busy pursuing a career in Louisiana with the Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries, part of the Audubon Nature Institute. As a Research Assistant working with a wide variety of audiences, she says the Marine Conservation and Policy...

Christopher Lang (MA, 2012)

Christopher Lang (MA, 2012)

Christopher Lang, a graduate of the Marine Conservation and Policy (MCP) Master’s Program, is using his degree to make a difference in environmental policy. Lang, who graduated from the MCP program in 2012, works as a Legislative Fellow in the New York Senate. The...

Hazel Wodehouse (MA, 2011)

Hazel Wodehouse (MA, 2011)

Graduates from the Marine Conservation and Policy Program are prepared for a variety of careers, including jobs in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. One recent MCP graduate, Hazel Wodehouse, is training the next generation of ocean scientists at Suffolk...

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