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St. John's College Student is J.A.M.I.N. in Jamaica

MICUA Matters Spring 2018

While most St. John’s College students spent the end of January bundled up against a mid-winter chill, senior Maggie Dillon traveled to Jamaica for a week with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation to work on the Jamaican Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) program.

The program—the result of a partnership between the Annapolis-based Living Oceans Foundation and University of the West Indies’ Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory—is designed to inspire high school students to learn about, protect, and conserve mangroves in Jamaica, an integral part of the country's ecosystem.

“I’m very grateful for the experience,” she says. “It was exciting because it was my first time going in the field and interacting with the kids and seeing how the program affects them.”

Dillon began interning part-time with the foundation in the fall of 2016, and she continued her experience during the summer of 2017, when she received a Hodson Internship funded by a grant from alumnus Dr. Stephen Forman. She resumed interning part-time at the foundation in the fall of 2017 splitting her time between the foundation’s education and science departments.

Dillon’s duties at the foundation included inputting the names and test scores of students participating in the J.A.M.I.N. program, who were learning about mangrove forests while also growing and monitoring red mangrove propagules.

“The students I worked with are brilliant kids,” Dillon said. “They were really dedicated and super interested in the program.”