Last fall semester brought a significant first for Associate Professor Terri Seron: she was the first chair of the brand-new natural sciences department at Flagler College, which offers a major in coastal environmental science and a minor in environmental science. More than 35 Flagler students have declared the major, and that number continues to grow. Those students will be the first graduates of the new program, which combines the skills and expertise of Flagler’s faculty with the incredible opportunities to study coastal and environmental sciences afforded by the College’s location.
With the new 2014-15 school year, Seron continues to head the fledgling department.
“This is a unique Florida coastal environmental science program,” she says. “It’s not something you can find at any college. It’s a flagship program in an incredibly resource-rich place. We are very proud of our new department.”
A graduate of the doctoral program in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida, Seron has spent many hours scuba diving and snorkeling to study marine ecosystems around the world. With the new department and courses of study, she has the opportunity to share her experiences with students in the many unique coastal environments within arm’s reach of Flagler, as well as offer study abroad programs to the Bahamas and Bermuda.