Tom Patterson

Tom Patterson graduated from the ES program in 2009 after spending five semesters working in the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling at UNCG. With the help of the Student Conservation Association, he found an internship with the Bureau of Land Management in Vernal, Utah. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at UNCG in Geography and working in the Carolina Tree-Ring Science Laboratory as well as the . According to Tom, his time at UNCG “created and honed a lifelong appreciation for our natural environment”, “helped my understanding of environmental perceptions through multidisciplinary education” and “exposed me to stepping-stone opportunities such as internships and networks that have advanced my knowledge and faculties as a young environmentalist.” His advice to future graduates: “get involved in on- and off-campus environmental groups and organizations, (most importantly) seek an interesting and meaningful internship, and maximize your education by taking as many courses that pertain to your interests as possible.”