As one of four Chicago-area students to attend the Coastal America 4th Student Summit on Ocean and Coasts in Washington D.C. in March, Lisle High School sophomore Emily Mandel presented a project on how the Shedd Aquarium and similar resources could promote marine biology to her peers, the Suburban Life reports.
“We don’t have enough people doing marine sciences and we thought it was a good way to show what the Shedd employees do,” Mandel told the paper. “I feel like there are so many issues that people have created for the ocean, such as pollution, and we need more people to fix the issues.
“It was such a great experience seeing other persons’ projects and to say, ‘How can I incorporate these into my own region?’ … It was a lot of motivation, and a lot of people who want you to succeed.”
According to the paper, Mandel, who took part in the Shedd’s High School Lake Ecology program in 2012, has been interested in ocean preservation since she was 12, and hopes for a career in marine biology, studying life in the Galapagos and protecting coral reefs.