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Christine is a passionate environmentalist who believes every person can make a difference. While completing her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of South Carolina, Christine spent a summer in Lake Baikal, Russia working with the Baikal Drilling project on understanding climate change during the last 500,000 years. She continued to work on paleoclimatology at the University of Florida where she received her Master’s degree. This commitment to understanding the complex forces driving climate change led her to a career at Florida International University as the lab manager working on periphyton as indicators of water quality in the Everglades.
Whether scuba diving in Florida Bay, driving airboats through the Everglades or being dropped out of a helicopter in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge; understanding the anthropogenic impacts on nature was her mission.
“After I saw Red Valentine’s Day Balloons in the middle of the pristine Everglades – miles from any road or civilization – I knew that only through education can change occur”. Educating tomorrow’s leaders became Christine’s passion. Christine worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy for seven years, then switched to Christopher Columbus High School to work with the Marist traditions.