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Peter LeviGLOBES IGERT
University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN
Peter received a BA in Biology in 2001 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, along with minors in International Relations and Environmental Science. Instead of immediately entering graduate school, Peter pursued his passion for teaching and used this form of employment as a means to follow his other dream of traveling far and wide. Through a fortunate turn of events, his first position after graduation was to assist a group of students during a study abroad program in Southern Africa. Upon returning to the States, he began teaching experiential ecology education in several corners of the country, from San Diego to southern Maine to the Florida Keys. In a return towards ecological research, he accepted a position as a research associate at Miami University assisting with work on nutrient and sediment inputs to reservoirs in human-dominated landscapes. The past five years have provided Peter a great deal of insight into sustainability, aquatic ecology, and the increasingly important connections between social, cultural, and natural fields of study.
He now looks forward to his new adventure in graduate school at Notre Dame. Again, a series of fortunate events led him to Dr. Jennifer Tank’s stream ecology laboratory where he will pursue his degree as a GLOBES fellow. In brief, his research with Dr. Tank will focus on the periodic pulse of marine-derived nutrients from salmon on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems in southern Alaska. “I am very excited about participating in the GLOBES program. The multidisciplinary approach allows me to continue to study the close relationships and interactions between people and the natural world,” Peter said. “I am confident that the coming five years will be very challenging and incredibly rewarding.”
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