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Alum Success

Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

School of Biological Sciences

Programs > Marine Technology

The Associate Degree in Marine Technology prepares students for careers related to oceanography and Great Lakes limnology. There is an increasing need for individuals trained in the field of aquatic science, and the objective of the degree at LSSU is to introduce students to a number of career disciplines within this field. The curriculum is an academically rigorous program where students work closely with faculty to learn the skills necessary for a career in marine technology.

Specifically the curriculum includes options for:

  • Basic Science (math, biology, chemistry)
  • Physical Science (oceanography, meteorology)
  • Cartography (maps, GPS, GIS)
  • Engineering (electrical, robotics, machining)
  • Seamanship (boat handling, first aid, research sampling)
Career Options

The US Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Natural Resources both indicate a growing need for marine technology expertise and there are many career opportunities.

  • Marine science technician
  • Able Seaman
  • Marine research assistant
  • Offshore field technicians
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Location is Everything

LSSU is uniquely located on the shores of the St Marys river and adjacent to 3 of the Laurentian Great Lakes. There is a large maritime shipping industry passing through the Sault Ste. Marie daily. In addition as an international waterway, the St. Mary's river is also home to agencies such as the US Coast Guard, US Border Patrol as well as many fisheries and law enforcement agencies that all require employees with knowledge of marine technology. Sault Ste. Marie MI is regarded as a "working waterfront" which makes Marine Technology training very appropriate for LSSU.

 

Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor of Byron Center, MI coordinated a large tagged monarch butterfly release at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. Through this internship at Michigan Butterflies she was able to educate the public on monarch butterflies, the decline of the species, and steps to help keep the monarch population flourishing. By tagging monarchs it is possible to track them along migration routes and compare data from the release with known migration data to help determine what is effecting the monarch population.

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