What Earth and Oceanographic Science Majors Have to Say


Amy Anderson ’12: I decided to major in EOS because I found it relevant to learning about my surroundings. I have always enjoyed being outside, and this was a great way to learn about the natural processes that occur on earth. The subject is not limited; rather it incorporates aspects of many other fields, like chemistry, biology, and physics. As a chemistry minor, I have been able to incorporate aspects of EOS and chem together. …Since the name and structure change, the EOS department is absolutely amazing. There is a vibrancy and positive energy that passes between the faculty and the students.There is a strong sense of a family dynamic. …An integrated part of my experience has been conducting research. One of my most gratifying moments of Bowdoin was when I attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City. At this meeting, I was able to share my research experience with professional scientists and members of industry. Everyone found my research interesting, and had real applications for the work that I have been doing.

Daniel Lesser ‘14: Like many students at Bowdoin, I am an inherently curious person and love exploring nature. The study of EOS works to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the earth. Who isn’t curious about how our planet came about and what processes are causing it to change today? Exploring these questions in an academic setting with other curious students and guidance from knowledgeable scientists is a fantastic way to cultivate my interest in the earth. I also love the way the department here incorporates fieldwork into many of the classes. Maine is an exceptional place to study the earth and ocean. … I am from Maine, and I have been amazed to discover what a dynamic tectonic history the state has endured and how much of the evidence lies in the exposed rocks right in our backyard!


Zachary Burton ‘14: Getting to be outdoors more than the once-a-semester field trip was, for me, a very important in my decision to continue with EOS, as I absolutely love the outdoors. Not only does the EOS department provide a blossoming number of students with the opportunity to see the beautiful state of Maine of which we Bowdoin students too often see too little, it also provides an understanding of the landscape we observe. … The “EOS Experience”, however, is made up by much more than either the many days spent outside in the field or the satisfying “aha!” moments that come so often when learning about a new earth process. Vital in this experience is the relationship that students build with not only their major advisor but with all EOS professors. The faculty of Bowdoin’s EOS department is one that is made up of incredibly qualified scientists who are real people, too. … Our EOS professors are members of the highest echelon of the academic world, yet remain relatable, understanding, and fun.

Margaret Lindeman ’15: I was initially drawn to the EOS department during the Bowdoin Science Experience pre-o program last summer. Collin Roesler was my faculty mentor during that week and her enthusiasm for oceanography was infectious. We got to spend two days in the field learning about local geology and oceanography, and I realized that if I was going to be spending four years in one of the most beautiful places in the world, I wanted to take advantage of it! … One thing I love about the department is its emphasis in including students in authentic research right from the intro level. My class has been studying three local estuaries and we had the opportunity to go out and collect the data ourselves, and are now working on analyzing it and drawing conclusions based on what we’ve learned throughout the year. I’ll be working with Collin this summer and the data that my class has been working on will be the starting point for my research. To have these opportunities as a first-year student isn’t something I ever would have dreamed about before coming to Bowdoin! I can’t wait to see what the next three years will bring.