AXA Equitable Take Your Child to Work program includes ESF Scientist

ESF was proud to be represented by one of its ESF Science Corps members, Shannon Buckley, on the April 28, 2011 Take Your Child to Work day program hosted by AXA Equitable through its Corporate Responsibility Council.  Our thanks to Joseph Lewis, AXA Senior Financial Analyst, and his colleagues for organizing this program.

Shannon is a Ph.D. candidate at ESF whose path to an environmental career began at an early age.

“I grew up in a small town in western New York and, from an early age, knew that I wanted to work with the environment.

Shannon Buckley, an ESF Ph.D. candidate, presents to children ages 8 to 15, as a part of a Take Your Child to Work day program hosted by AXA Equitable.

My grandfather, an ESF alum, used to take a car load of my cousins and siblings out around the area and teach us anything from catching fish with homemade fishing poles to tree identification and meteorology. My fascination with the natural world around me hasn’t stopped since.”

Shannon received her B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire in Environmental Conservation (with a dual major in International Relations) where she worked with the Climate Change Research Group and AIRMAP program.

“This is where I was exposed for the first time to issues of air quality and climate change and my first experience in a research environment.”

She  continued to explore climate change while pursuing her Master’s degree at Columbia University in the Climate and Society program.  Her master focused on climate science and how changes in climate will impact human populations.  Shannon worked for NYS DEC in the RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) program before coming to ESF.

Shannon’s major professor is Dr. Myron Mitchell, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Council on Hydrologic Systems Science in the ESF Department of Environmental and Forest Biology.

Shannon goes on to explain that

“My Ph.D. research is looking at spatial and temporal variations in CO2 levels in urban and residential areas of Syracuse. I eventually hope to incorporate urban forestry and public outreach into my work. I am very excited to be part of the ESF Science Corps program (previously funded by a National Science Foundation GK12 grant) because I feel it is essential to get young people educated on and involved with environmental issues.”

So do we!  Thanks, Shannon, and thanks, again, Joseph and everyone at AXA for your support and encouragement of young people in our community.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

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