CUNY Baccalaureate Alumna’s Senior Thesis Published

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies is pleased to announced that alumna Nikola Berger (B.A. 2009, Environmental Justice / Environmental Earth Sciences), has had her senior thesis published in a textbook for marine restoration. She wrote to say: “I am excited that the thesis I did while being a student in CUNY BA and while being so generously supported by Mr. Smith as a Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow is now being published and may help some other scholars to further research on oyster reefs. Oyster reefs are in the news lately again since they are our natural defense systems for storm surges as we have just experienced with Sandy. Self-sustaining, natural defense systems against global climate change are important adaptations that we need to focus on in coastal cities like New York.”

The book, Innovative Methods of Marine Ecosystem Restoration, has been edited by the renowned marine biologist Tom Goreau, and can be seen here

Nikola’s chapter is: Increased Oyster Growth and Survival Using Biorock Technology Nikola Berger, Mara Haseltine, J. T. Boehm, and Thomas J. Goreau.


CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) is CUNY’s university-wide individualized bachelor’s degree where students work one-on-one with faculty.

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