Alaina Ring

Campus Representative

I grew up in Austin, Texas, but spent cooler summers with family in Upstate New York exploring the Adirondacks. I am a Geology and Environmental Studies major at St. Lawrence University, and I love to spend my time skiing and exploring the North Country with my friends. Whenever I can, I love to go back to Texas and take trips out to Big Bend and soak up the sunshine and get my desert fix. Upon graduation, I hope to get involved in land management and conservation, with an ultimate goal of helping people and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

My experience on the Environmental Ethics course with WRFI in the summer of 2018 has been instrumental in shaping my senior research project, which is looking into the role of “geoethics” in undergraduate geology departments across the state of New York. In those three weeks, I have never laughed harder or enjoyed class so much, and it was all happening within the very ecosystems we were discussing. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to make such wonderful friends and hear the perspectives of people all across the state. There is no better place to study our environment than outside, and my only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer!