Eckerd’s other 2022 Hollings Fellow, Maddie Reifsteck, a sophomore marine science and creative writing student from Portland, Oregon, also received the good news on April 1. “And I thought it was an April Fool’s joke,” she said with a chuckle. “I know I did all the work, but I kept thinking, what if this wasn’t real and I was dreaming?”
This summer, Maddie was invited to participate in the University of Delaware Marine Science Summer Internship Program. “I will probably work with the ORB [Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing, Biogeography] Lab to compile a database of fish species that participate in vertical migration,” she explains. “I can also participate in the collection of data on the temperature and salinity of the sea.
“For my Hollings Fellowship in the summer of 2023, I might end up at the University of Delaware, but my hope is to branch out to work in a different specialty area.” A field like public policy. “Ultimately,” she says, “I would really like to work alongside politicians and other scientists who are finding ways to regulate and conserve ocean resources and environments. This includes publicity and expanding marine protected areas and contributing to the discussion on deep sea mining and its management.