College of Coastal Georgia News

COLLEGE STUDENT NAMED FIRST RECIPIENT OF GEORGIA NATIONAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Posted 06/27/2018 04:10PM

By Lauren McDonald

Originally published on June 18, 2018 by The Brunswick News. Re-published with permission.

Clayton Davis gets to spend 10 weeks this summer working in his dream job.

Davis, a rising senior at College of Coastal Georgia, has been named the recipient of the first Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Scholarship, which supports a student selected for an internship at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division.

The Georgia Natural Resources Foundation is a charitable organization that supports the preservation of Georgia's natural and cultural resources through the projects, activities and programs of the Georgia DNR.

The new partnership will benefit both the college's ecology program and DNR's coastal resources division, said Tate Holbrook, an assistant professor of biology at [Coastal Georgia] and the Coastal Ecology Program coordinator, in a press release.

"Over the years, CRD has hosted numerous interns from the college who were rewarded with unparalleled knowledge, skills, professional development and course credit, but no specific funding," Holbrook said. "We are excited and grateful for the new Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Scholarship, which will enable Clayton, and hopefully future students, to take full advantage of this outstanding experiential learning opportunity."

Davis, a biology major with a concentration in coastal ecology, hopes to work as a coastal resource manager for Georgia DNR.

Photo: College of Coastal Georgia student Clayton Davis learns about coastal ecology and conservation during a field course trip to Cabretta Island in January.

Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Davis served 10 years in the United States Army. When he left the Army, Davis moved with his family from Savannah to Brunswick. He currently serves in the National Guard. He enrolled at [the College] in spring 2017.

"Strangely enough, I wanted to be a chemist growing up, and I didn't like the life sciences," Davis said. "I avoided those classes until I was stationed in Korea and took an online course in environmental science. It clicked with me, and I slowly started leaning more towards environmental and resource management."

[Coastal Georgia's] ecology program made it attractive to Davis.

"I heard good things about the program and that the college has a good relationship with the DNR, where I ultimately want to work," he said.In his 10-week internship, Davis will work on a variety of projects. He'll help conduct turtle nest surveys, water quality collection, unmanned aerial vehicle flights, trawling and vegetation mapping.

"We hope that he recognizes the complexity of our coastal ecosystem and the steps that have been taken, and continue to be taken, in order to further conservation efforts along our coast," said Jan Mackinnon, a biologist and manager for the Coastal and Ocean Management Program.

Davis said he looks forward to working with marine animals and learning about edge communities, which focus on the transition area between aquatic life and land.

"I would like to thank the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Scholarship Fund and the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation for giving me this opportunity to explore my dream job," he said. "I'm also very thankful to my wife Kassi for always pushing me to do my best."

In his 10-week internship, Davis will work on a variety of projects. He'll help conduct turtle nest surveys, water quality collection, unmanned aerial vehicle flights, trawling and vegetation mapping.

"We hope that he recognizes the complexity of our coastal ecosystem and the steps that have been taken, and continue to be taken, in order to further conservation efforts along our coast," said Jan Mackinnon, a biologist and manager for the Coastal and Ocean Management Program.

Davis said he looks forward to working with marine animals and learning about edge communities, which focus on the transition area between aquatic life and land.

"I would like to thank the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Scholarship Fund and the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation for giving me this opportunity to explore my dream job," he said. "I'm also very thankful to my wife Kassi for always pushing me to do my best."

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