Student helps shape sustainability on campus and beyond

Joshua Stone ’10
Biology and Spanish double major
Hometown: Royal Oak, MD

Joshua Stone ’10, one of only 1,100 citizens since 1914 to receive the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for distinguished service in conservation, chose Messiah College for its high-level of student-faculty interaction, its renowned globally focused research, and its commitment to environmental stewardship.

At Messiah, Stone and a team of students along with Dr. Erik Lindquist, associate professor of biology and environmental science, are collaborating on a research study to determine why the bromeliad tree frog (common name) from Panama has survived a devastating fungal disease that is wiping out amphibian populations around the globe. The professor-student research team plans to return to Panama to continue research in endangered species conservation and population recovery. Lindquist’s extensive research into the behavioral ecology and natural history of the Panamanian golden frog is a highlighted subject of the BBC documentary Life in Cold Blood, which aired in April of 2008.

“Teaching [at Messiah] is emphasized in the classroom and in the field,” said Stone. “Dr. Lindquist and I traveled to Panama to work on this research project- something most science majors don’t get to do until graduate school.”

Also, as a member of the Messiah College Sustainability Task Force, Stone will research and coordinate measures to minimize global emissions of greenhouse gases on campus. Stone will also assume leadership of the 2008-2009 Earthkeepers-a student-led organization that raises environmental awareness, promotes outdoor appreciation; and helps to create a greener, more sustainable campus.

“These are all great ways to get involved directly with the administration on important issues about our sustainability,” said Stone. “As a student, I have a say and opinion about what happens on campus.”

Posted in 2010, Biology, Go Green!, Spanish, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on August 13th, 2008

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