When Pinkham came to LSA as an undergraduate in 2018, she sought a department where she could study areas of science that involved large systems and how their individual parts worked together, just like the engine room on the ship. When she met with an advisor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences who focused on geology, they instantly clicked. “We were wearing the same outfit, Birkenstocks and plaid,” she says with a laugh. “I felt at home right away.”


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