On the heels of their success with high school and community outreach, the College of Sciences and Mathematics (CSM) also routinely hosts speakers and events to benefit Belmont students, faculty, staff and the community. This week, Sarah Updegraff, an Environmental Science alumna (’11), visited campus and gave a presentation on “Coral Bleaching and the Great Barrier Reef.” Updegraff was in Australia working with an ecotourism company during a coral bleaching event in 2016.
In her presentation, Updegraff talked about coral biology, the impact of global climate change on coral reefs and causes of bleaching. Since graduating, Updegraff has worked and traveled in New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia. She is currently back in the United States, preparing for a graduate program in holistic health care.