Lee Simard: Environmental Sciences Major
- By Shari Halik
Lee joins his sister Meredith (ENSC ’09), cousin Kristen (ENSC ‘06), and father Greg (WFB ‘78) as graduates from RSENR. A native Vermonter, Lee spent a summer working with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps which solidified his interest in an environmental career path.
A Lola Aiken Scholar, Lee enrolled as an environmental sciences major, with support from Professor Alan McIntosh but became enamored with fisheries through Professor Ellen Marsden and pursued a wildlife and fisheries minor. As a technician for Ellen at the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, he helped conduct studies on sea lamprey and lake trout on Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways.
Lee worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for two summers. First, at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, he conducted nesting surveys of water birds and aided conservation efforts on the refuge. Then, in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, he performed fish surveys on Lake Champlain and area rivers and assisted with fish culture at a hatchery.
For his NR 206 course project, Lee helped to expand the Salmon in Schools program in northern Vermont that brings salmon eggs into classrooms for students to raise. This summer, Lee will work on lake trout and whitefish studies with Ellen and on the stonecat, an endangered fish in Vermont rivers, with Associate Professor Donna Parrish and graduate student Betsy Puchala. After gaining more fisheries experience, Lee plans to attend graduate school.