For some lucky young scientists, conservationists, educators, farmers and artists, BCWS summer camp was the right place at the right age: as is true today, they were surrounded by other children and teens who were most at home in the natural world, setting aside hours of each day to investigate a bird or stream through scientific study or artistic expression. Bolstered by summers spent in the West Virginia hills, many BCWS alumni have become professionals in a number of related fields.
These profiles are a small selection of those who credit their time at BCWS as an affirmation of their interest in the natural world. To read the words that some have since written about their time at at BCWS, peruse Reflections, a booklet compiled to celebrate our 50th season.
Science and Conservation:
Nate Erwin –
Jon Goldstein – astrophysics – post doc at the South Pole.
Stephanie Joe – researcher at Haleakala Field Station, Hawaii
Katie Joselow – researching honeybees
Val Kapos – UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge UK
Alex Kolker – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium – researches natural, climatic, anthropogenic processes governing coastal systems
Manuel Lerdau – Prof. ecology at UVA, researches currently around genomics and stress tolerance, gas exchange between plants and atmosphere….ecosystem responses to climate change