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Max graduated from Plattsburgh in the spring of 2014 with majors in biology and ecology and he is currently a master’s student pursuing an M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy through the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University. He is currently volunteering in Dr. Demian Chapman’s laboratory and working with one of his Ph.D. students to identify the range of shark species used in the shark fin trade. He will be spending part of summer in Belize studying Marine Protected Areas where he will get to work first hand with many coral systems and he hopes lots of nurse sharks.
“My time at Plattsburgh and the connections I have made are ones that will last a lifetime. My education from this university has given me the opportunity to reach for places I had never thought imaginable. I hope to continue building upon the foundation that Plattsburgh has laid for me.”
Karolyn is a native of Clear Lake, NY and she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S. in Medical Technology. While a student at Plattsburgh, Karolyn was awarded a Hudson Scholarship in Science and Mathematics and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi.
Karolyn is an ASCP certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist and NYS licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist who currently works in the University Of Vermont Health Network’s, Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
Mackenzie is from Plattsburgh, NY, and he graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. He completed undergraduate research involving sex determination of juvenile and unknown Maya skeletal remains under the direction of Dr. Nancy Elwess and Mrs. Sandy Latourelle
Mackenzie left with not only a degree, but with a passion for DNA and molecular biology. He is currently attending Marshall University in West Virginia in pursuit of a master’s degree in forensic science. He is in his second and final year of the program, which emphasizes DNA Analysis and digital forensics.
He is currently employed as a part-time DNA technician at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA laboratory, where he assists in serological screening of West Virginia Sexual Assault kit casework. His future plans include finding employment as a DNA analyst, with ambition to one day become a technical leader of an accredited DNA Laboratory.
Jenny is originally from Rochester, NY and she graduated from Plattsburgh with majors in biology (B.S.), ecology (B.S.) and art (B.A.). She is currently a second year optometry student at Salus University in Pennsylvania. When Jenny isn’t thinking about eyes she enjoys doing art, hiking and hanging out with her friends.
If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Hudson Hall 337
Phone: (518) 564-3155