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Cecelia Hosley

Chester, Connecticut - Class of 2018 Major: Marine and Environmental Science
Cecelia Hosley

Cecelia chose the Coast Guard Academy because she wanted to make a difference in the world. She also wanted to study marine biology and have a job after college that would be impactful. She loves the missions of the Coast Guard and couldn’t think of a better way to get an education, travel, and have a career after college all while serving her country.

On choosing MES:

“I chose the MES major because I have dreamed of being a marine biologist for as long as I can remember. Growing up on the ocean had a large influence on my childhood and I never could shake my fascination with the sea. Additionally, for high school, I attended the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, Connecticut, which only furthered my passion for wanting to the study the vast oceans of our planet and all they have to offer. Because of all of these factors, I knew the MES major was perfect for me. I would say that it was even one of the things that drew me to the Academy.”

On the Academy's MES Program:

“As a whole, I am beyond grateful for the MES major here at the Academy and all of the wonderful opportunities it has given me. I have had so many wonderful experiences within my major from field trips to trawling expeditions and so on. I thrive in the hands-on learning environment and love all of the different experiences and perspectives that come from our wide variety of faculty and staff.”

On her MES research and internship opportunities:

“One of the greatest things about my major is the opportunities that I have had to conduct research with some of the top oceanographic institutes in the world. One of my current research projects has to do with acoustic monitoring of baleen whales off Martha's Vineyard to avoid contact with Coast Guard vessels in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. I had the opportunity to present this work at the national conference for undergraduate research in Memphis, Tennessee. Another aspect of my research is my marine mammal stress physiology study that I have been working on for three years now with the Mystic Aquarium. After outlining an experimental design, the aquarium gave me permission to start sampling from the beluga whales twice a week to validate cortisol levels in breath samples as a non-invasive measurement of stress. Lastly, I was afforded the incredible opportunity to have an internship this past summer at the Sitka Sound Science Center in Sitka, Alaska. I learned all about having a real career in science as a civilian and many amazing benefits of living in a coastal community. Overall, the internship and research opportunities available to us at the Academy are truly incredible and I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in them.”

On plans after graduation:

“I am not sure yet where I will be headed after graduation, but I am hoping for a buoy tender out of Alaska or Hawaii. I am interested in the Aids to Navigation mission, but also want to get some experience with fisheries law enforcement because I am hoping one day to attend graduate school in fisheries management or marine affairs.”