PLYMOUTH, N.H.—A Plymouth State University graduate student studying the source of toxic aluminum in New Hampshire watersheds has been awarded PSU’s first Joe and Gail White Fellowship.
Christian Doogan, a student in the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program in PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE), will use the White Fellowship award to underwrite his thesis research on whether or not the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 have lowered levels of acid rain and lessened its impact on New Hampshire watersheds.
The White Fellowship was created this year by two Plymouth State graduates who care deeply about protecting New Hampshire’s natural resources and Plymouth State’s ongoing efforts in educating the public about this goal. Joe’68 and Gail White’66 were both teachers who eventually started a successful organic farm in southern New Hampshire.
“Their support means a lot to me and my future success as an environmental scientist,” Doogan said. “Joe and Gail White are generous people in providing this fellowship.”
The White Fellowship will pay a graduate student’s tuition, a stipend, or research expenses. As the successful applicant, Doogan is addressing environmental issues of concern in N.H. that have an applied or policy-relevant basis to advance protection, stewardship, or management of the environment.
“I am thankful they care about PSU students, the Center for the Environment and protecting the White Mountains,” said Doogan. “Hopefully, later in my career, I will be able to give support to students the same way they have helped me.”
According to Center Director Steve Kahl, Doogan’s work will serve the people of New Hampshire well.
“This project will continue the collaborative tradition in the Center, with Doogan working with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the White Mountain National Forest to address the importance of watershed science in understanding the condition of New Hampshire’s surface waters.”
Doogan, who plans to pursue a doctorate in hydrology, previously conducted research for the National Science Foundation studying carbon sequestration in forests at Michigan Tech University, as well as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Doogan’s advisor at the Center for the Environment is Kevin McGuire.
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