Geology student takes her passion for the environment abroad

Geology student Emily Larrimore (19c) has gone global! Her trip to India last summer is the second time she has traveled abroad in her time at Berry.

Emily is an environmental science major with a concentration in geoscience and a minor in biology. “I took an environmental science class and found what I was really passionate about,” she says. “Berry has made a huge impact in my life and fostered my love for the environment.”

Emily has since taken her passion for the environment abroad. In 2016, she studied abroad in Iceland with Associate Professor of Geology Tamie Jovanelly. She now uses what she learned in Iceland in her student work position as Geology Assistant and Research Coordinator. Emily writes on various topics about Iceland’s geology and will be a contributing author for Dr. Jovanelly’s textbook, Advanced Geologic Concepts of Iceland, set to be published in 2019.

Emily’s trip to Rishikesh, India, followed in Dr. Jovanelly’s footsteps as well. She was selected for Berry’s International Programs Grant for summer research or service. She chose to do both service and research on her trip, focusing on the cleanliness of the Ganges River. “The Ganges is holy for over a billion people worldwide,” Emily says. “It is also one of the most polluted rivers in the world.” Her service projects aimed to educate the people about water quality and how to keep the river clean.

“My research was a continuation of data Dr. Jovanelly compiled in 2017,” Emily explains. “I tested several parameters to create a water quality baseline for the headwaters of the Ganges River.” Emily thanks Dr. Jovanelly for her opportunities. She says, “She has been one of my number one supporters.”

Story by student social media assistant Shannon Rainey

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