Michael Alan Fuerte

Michael Alan Fuerte

What is your previous work experience?
Before attending Duke University, I studied Biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During the summers, I worked as a research assistant in many different organizations and agencies integral to environmental understanding. These organization include Chicago Botanic Gardens where I conducted a predicted provenancing study for tallgrass restoration, the National Park Service where I censused bats throughout Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and The Nature Conservancy where I analyzed the Roanoke River floodplain water levels before and after newly implemented dam operations.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
The biggest factor that brought me to the Nicholas School was the research being done in the field of Environmental Toxicology. Specifically, being able to collaborate with Dr. DiGiulio and work on projects for the Superfund Research Center here at Duke were my biggest draws.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
For the next two years, I hope to gain many laboratory and analytical skills that will translate well to a career in consulting or industry. As an EEH student, I plan to specialize in Environmental Toxicology and am aiming to complete a Master's thesis in DiGiulio's lab studying the transgenerational effects of organic toxicants in killifish.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
As a new student I'm most looking forward to make long-lasting relationships with my cohort members, the Duke administration, and teaching faculty of the Nicholas School. I hope that by the end of my two years, I'll be able to continue to collaborate on new scientific challenges with the people that I've met here.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
After the Nicholas School, I plan on entering the work force in a field closely related to environmental toxicology. I'd be excited to work in environmental risk assessment or an agrochemical company, and in the long run, hopefully be with the US Environmental Protection Agency and continue to work on Superfund projects. 

Personal thanks:
I would like to sincerely thank all contributors to the Nicholas School of the Environment Scholarship Fund and Syngenta for alleviating the cost of attendance during my master's studies. I am humbled and honored by their investment into my pursuit of scientific understanding and contribution.

Employment Sought:
Internships

Graduation Date

May 2019