August 4, 2008

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Sarah Opfer collects fish samples for her research

Sarah Opfer collects fish samples for her research.

BGSU student enters national environmental arena

This time next year will find BGSU master’s degree student Sarah Opfer in Washington, D.C. As the recipient of a 2009 Knauss Fellowship, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Opfer will trade long days collecting specimens in Lake Erie and weekends analyzing samples in the lab for urban life and environmental policy work.

Opfer, a biological sciences major from Oak Harbor specializing in aquatic ecology and spatial environmental chemistry, will receive $42,000 to spend a year in the capital working with a federal agency on environmental regulations and policy.

“I’ve grown up around the Great Lakes and my research has been on the Great Lakes, so it would be good for me to get more oceanic experience under my belt. It’s a good learning experience for me,” Opfer said.


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