Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jason Post '09

Last year alumnus Jason Post visited a biology class at Marymount to share his experiences in the sciences, along with the lessons learned throughout his time in college. When asked what advice he would give to current and future Marymount students, Jason offered this: "It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to study or do as a career right now. Marymount is a great place to discover yourself; it’s a place for personal growth, both as a student and as a human. Marymount fosters a holistic approach. Take classes in as many subjects as possible and grow as a person. By the time you walk onto Castle Field at your graduation, you will be ready for anything."
In May 2011, Jason was admitted to Texas Tech University for his master’s in fisheries science, he was awarded a full research assistantship and is now working with the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He is currently studying the effects of climate change on Prymnesium parvum (golden algae), a problem that has cost the state millions of dollars.
In addition to spending a year as a volunteer telecommunications officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jason has done extensive research on the environmental impacts on coral reef ecology, including the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification due to C02 emissions, the effects of hurricanes on reef ecosystems and overfishing in the coral reef environment. This invaluable research could go on to influence policy decisions and the establishment of protected marine areas.
A 2009 Marymount graduate, Jason credits much of his ambition and success to Marymount College. "I developed many skills at Marymount. I perfected lab skills, and I was able to share my passion with other students as a teacher assistant. I got to travel to Egypt through Marymount and to explore reef ecosystems in the Red Sea. Because of Marymount, I feel more prepared and ready to take on the challenges, obstacles and rigors of university and field research life."

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