Berry students work to save threatened coral species

Working to save threatened coral species while getting up close with sharks and dolphins is just how Berry student Rose Blanchard wanted to spend her summer.

“Growing up I was always terrified of the ocean and sharks. It was so cool to be around so many large sharks that were very docile and calm,” said Blanchard who spent time in Roatan, Honduras, this summer with a group of students led by Biology Professor Bill Davin. The trip was part of Dr. Davin’s Coral Reef Ecology course. Students had the chance to get up close to sharks, dolphins, varieties of fish and, of course, coral.

Prior to the trip, the group raised $1,000 through BerryFunder– enough money  to purchase five coral trees. During the trip, students helped collect coral fragments and add them to the trees at the coral farm. As many of these coral species are listed as threatened and are at risk of becoming endangered, the work the students have done is of key importance.

“Considering the global conditions that are currently threatening the life of our coral reefs, I feel it was truly a once in a lifetime experience,”  Berry senior Sydney Sneed added.

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Associate Professor of Biology Renee’ Carleton

Dr. Renee Carleton recently presented at the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists meeting in Starkville, Miss.  And her student, Rachel Caldwell, presented a poster “It’s in the bag: holding bag composition affects avian stress response” on work they conducted over the last year. Dr. Carleton has also been selected as a review panelist for the National Science Foundation’s Major Instrumentation for Research grants.

During the busy Berry College Bald Eagle season, Dr. Carleton did a YouTube channel interview with  “Talented Talons 360”, spoke at the Magnolia Garden Club in Cartersville, did a live chat with second graders at Henderson Mill Elementary School in Atlanta,  spoke at the Euharlee Garden Club, participated in a live chat with North Layfette Elementary School students and spoke to Floyd Master Gardeners. She has a presentation at the EcoCenter in Rome, Ga., scheduled for July 12.

Berry cultivates a passion for service

Sophomore Ei Noe (class of 2021) came to the U.S. from Burma with her family in the early 2000s. The psychology major comes from a family that helps the Burmese refugee/immigrant population settle in Atlanta.

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Berry’s vet shadowing program shines with students like Nabilah Curtis

Animal science major Nabilah Curtis (19c) uses every opportunity she can to chase her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Participating in the vet shadowing program with Clinical Assistant Professor and College Veterinarian Kirstin Ruffner gave her the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with large animals on campus.

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Animal Dreams Do Come True at Berry, says Keiley Ayers

Keiley Ayers, a senior from Ohio, dreamed of being a vet but she never imagined getting “up close and personal” with a giraffe. But that’s exactly what happened during an internship after her junior year in South Africa on the Safari4U veterinary program. Transporting giraffes from one setting to another, she guided them with ropes. “It was amazing to see those beautiful animals up close and personal!”

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Speaking Your Mind and Finding Your Future at Berry

Avery James is building a remarkable record at Berry: the junior is a talented poet and a top psychology student who is a two-time state forensics champion competing at a national level. She volunteers with developmentally challenged children and is working on securing an internship at a nonprofit serving homeless women and children.

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Talented Actor Finds his Perfect Role: Medicine

Tyler Vaughan loves to solve puzzles and one of the puzzles he’s most enjoyed solving at Berry is that of his future profession.

Tyler came to Berry from Ringgold, Georgia, thinking he wanted to pursue a career as an actor.

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