Erin Jones

Tour Guide

Erin Jones, class of 2017, is a Biology major and Coastal Marine Sciences minor. Erin spent this past autumn doing SEA (Sea Education Association) Semester off the coast of New Zealand, studying Maori culture and conducting oceanographic research on the open ocean. She’s spent the past two summers interning for the University of Washington and NOAA, conducting marine science research. Erin will be working for NOAA again this summer on a salmon recolonization project in the Cedar River, surveying the rivers, analyzing carbon isotopes, and observing ecological parameters. Erin mentioned, “I love the nature and the diversity of people. Growing up on a small island in Washington, the diversity was lacking but the nature was not. Mount Holyoke is an improved version of the small town I grew up in; there are plenty of beautiful trees, lakes, and people from around the world.” You can find Erin hanging out on the dock by Upper Lake. “On a fall day, when all the trees surrounding the lake are a medley of colors and the water is pristinely still, there is no better place to have a thought to yourself. It is the epitome of beauty and serenity.”