Commencement is always bittersweet, while we rejoice in the accomplishments of ENVS graduates, we are sad to say goodbye to students who have made a real difference in the ENVS community. Since 2015, the Department of Environmental Sciences has been honored to present the Hickcox award to a graduating senior. Named in honor of ENVS distinguished Emeritus Professor, C. Woodbridge Hickcox, or Woody as we know him, the award recognizes an ENVS senior who displays significant leadership, presence and service within the department and Emory community. This year we are pleased to announce Camille Mosley as the Hickcox Award recipient.
Camille has been a steady presence in the ENVS office since the start of her junior year and we will very much miss seeing her in ENVS. As a student of Emory, Camille was an Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) Zero Waste Ambassador, a member of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), a Whitehead Scholar and a STEM mentor. Her undergraduate research detecting crayfish eDNA, analyzing water quality and quantifying aquatic biodiversity in Proctor Creek laid the foundation for what will be her focus in graduate school. This fall, Camille will begin her PhD program at the University of Notre Dame with Professor Stuart Jones. The Jones Lab investigates aquatic ecosystem services, including carbon burial, greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient removal and recreational fisheries. Camille plans to further investigate nutrient cycling and fisheries interactions.
As the Hickcox Award recipient, it is fitting that when asked what she will miss most about Emory, Camille was quick to say “Waffle Thursday!”
“Every Thursday at noon Professor Hickcox would make mountains of waffles and I could catch up with my other ENVS buddies and faculty that I haven’t seen in a while. Especially with the stress of senior year, going into the Lek and seeing many familiar faces was a welcome retreat.”
Along with waffles, Camille will miss picnics in Lullwater, her work with the ENVS department administrator, Jerry Byrd, and living close to friends on campus. We are so thankful to have been part of Camille’s journey at Emory – it has been a gift to see her grow as a student and researcher. Congratulations, Camille!