You’re Here, Too? President Obama, Isaiah Bolden ’15 Chat about Environmental Research in French Polynesia

President Barack Obama (center) with University of Washington lab group in French Polynesia. (L. to r.) Dr. Nick Roden, postdoctoral fellow; Isaiah Bolden ’15, graduate student; Daniel Anderson, laboratory technician; and Dr. Alex Gagnon, principal investigator.

Isaiah Bolden ’15 recently returned from French Polynesia, where he was doing fieldwork for his Ph.D. in oceanography, with data — and a great story.

Bolden’s lab group was conducting research on Tetiaroa Atoll, a ring-shaped coral reef, when the vacationing President Barack Obama stopped by to chat.

“President Obama visited with the group as part of a tour of the multiple ongoing research projects on Tetiaroa,” said Bolden, who, having begun his research on corals with Assistant Professor Earth and Oceanographic Science Michèle LaVigne as part of a Mellon Mays Fellowship at Bowdoin, is now in the oceanography graduate program at the University of Washington. Read more about the encounter in Bowdoin News.

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