Master of Environmental Studies

Student Profile

Shelby Proie, 1st Year, Marine Studies & Conservation

What do you hope to gain from the MES program?Shelby Proie, MES student
A well rounded education with a focus on my thesis work which would include some in-depth Southern Resident Orca research.

Where are you from?
Key West, Florida

What drew you to the MES program at The Evergreen State College?
Flexibility with thesis choice and location.

What is your previous education and work experience prior to entering the MES Program?
Environmental Science B.S. with a focus on marine biology from Nova Southeastern University and I worked with The Florida Keys Wild Dolphin Alliance identifying and cataloging Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins along with The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a fisheries biologist.

What are your areas of interest in the MES program?
I prefer marine studies, but am interested in a well rounded education in conservation and preservation as a whole.

What is your “dream occupation”? What do you see yourself doing after the MES program?
After completion of the MES program I expect to continue my studies at The University of British Columbia where I wish to pursue my PhD and continue researching the local Orca populations. My dream job after my studies are finished would be to work with Ken Balcomb at The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island.