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Allison Sayer

Biology, Smith College Class of 2002

Allison Sayer

Allison Sayer
Allison Sayer traces her intense interest in biology to the summer of 1998, and her work during that time on projects in coastal Oregon. She spent time in two distinct bioregions: the intertidal ecosystem at Cape Arago, and an old growth coastal forest. At the Cape, she worked on a children's education project, in the woods, she shadowed biologists as they studied the health of the coastal forest. After this experience, she decided she wanted to be a biologist, too. Since then, she has been studying biology at Smith College, becoming more and more absorbed in the study of ecosystems. While this may seem like a far cry from her New York City upbringing, it is not. "I believe New York City is just another ecosystem," she says. "My childhood taught me more than you might think about interdependence and habitat. Besides, Central Park is where I saw my first egret."

Allison is no stranger to Alaska. She spent the summer there in 1999, working as a naturalist intern at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies on Kachemak Bay, and hiking on the Kenai Peninsula. In the fall of 2000, she was a student at the School for Field Studies campus in Kenya. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to study arctic biology in Alaska, and is looking forward to Harriman Expedition Retraced. "I'm hoping to learn from the scholars on board, and from other team members. I'm also looking forward to seeing the more remote parts of Alaska, and returning to places I've been before."




For information on the Harriman Retraced Expedition e-mail: harriman2001@science.smith.edu

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