Photo Gallery: Coastal Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program Celebrates 10 Years
On Friday, April 27, 2018, The College of the Coast & Environment celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Coastal Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program (CES). In its inception in 2008, the CES program had only five students enrolled. Now, 10 years later, it has enrolled nearly 150 students, making it one of the fastest-growing undergraduate programs at LSU. In Spring 2018, CES conferred the largest-ever number of undergraduate degrees in one graduation with 21 graduates.
The celebration included laboratory demonstrations from CES professors and students. Malinda Sutor, associate professor of DOCS, demonstrated the FlowCAM, used to view water samples of microscopic plankton via Fluid Image Technology and illustrated how plankton have been making the Earth habitable for 1.5 billion years. Giulio Mariotti, assistant professor of DOCS showed guests a model of a river delta and its meandering river, bank erosion, and delta lobe formation. And, Mark Benfield, professor of DOCS showed 3D footage of deep-sea animals from the Gulf of Mexico.
Additionally, Benfield served as keynote speaker and discussed the possibility of alien life. Two other speakers, Lauren Kasparek and Brandon Boyd, both CES alumni, discussed how the CES program influenced their professional success. Kasparek is an ORISE Research Fellow at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and a 2011 CES graduate. Boyd is a Research Physical Scientist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab and a 2010 CES graduate.