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Q&A: Bates Commencement senior speaker Rishi Madnani discovered a ‘big part of who I am’ at Bates

Thursday, May 25, 2023 10:42 am

This year's Senior Address at Commencement will be offered by Rishi Madnani ‘23 of Langhorne, Pa., who came to Bates with two major expectations about his path forward. And both were upended.

For her senior thesis, Margaret Pickoff '13 (shown here with geology major David Harning '13 at salt marsh at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area) is studying carbon storage in Maine salt marshes. Salt marshes are one of the most abused ecosystems on the planet; they have been and continue to be drained and converted into agricultural land, fish ponds, and coastal housing developments despite their ecological importance. My research is part of a greater project that is attempting to quantify the amount of "blue carbon", or carbon stored in marine vegetation, in salt marshes, which recent literature suggests is quite substantial. I'm hoping that my research will help to emphasize this critical function of marsh ecosystems, as global climate change and sea level rise continue to threaten the health of the planet. A major part of my field work is taking cores of marsh peat from the Sprague River Marsh at BMMCA, as well as several other Maine salt marshes. I take samples from many of the cores to be analyzed in the Environmental Geochemistry Lab at Bates. A variety of tests are run on the peat samples to determine what percentage of organic carbon is contained in the peat, and this value can be extrapolated upon to determine how much carbon the entire marsh is storing. It's hard to write briefly about my thesis project (I think that's a good sign..). Thanks again for coming out to take photos, and I apologize for not getting this to you sooner!
Bates in the News: April 21, 2023

Friday, April 21, 2023 3:36 pm

Bates experts talk about climate and Maine; an innovative database for pancreatic research; and a children's picture book about a lost lamb, and more in this month's Bates in the News.

Video: Spend a minute with Mount David Summit 2023

Friday, April 7, 2023 1:12 pm

Enjoy a minute of fast-paced but slow-motion moments from this year's Mount David Summit, captured by Theophil Syslo, multimedia producer for Bates Communications.

Great Day 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 1:30 pm

Great Day 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:28 pm

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate

Monday, January 21, 2019 10:01 am

This ever-popular contest between Morehouse College and Bates students honors Dr. Mays,…

Convocation 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 3:10 pm

Join us for Convocation 2016, beginning at 11 a.m., Sept. 6.: The…

Great Day to Be a Bobcat 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:08 pm

MLK Day 2016 Keynote and Debate Livestreams

Monday, January 18, 2016 10:01 am

9–10:30am The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Peter J.…

Convocation 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:45 am

Convocation took place on Tuesday, September 8 at 11 a.m.: The 2015…

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