Five Franklin & Marshall College students and Assistant Professor of Geosciences Paul Harnik boarded boats along the Louisiana and Alabama coasts and sailed hours into the Gulf of Mexico to collect live clams and the empty shells left by past clam populations.

Junior biology majors Stephanie Liu and Jared Benjamin, senior Andy Marquez, an environmental science major, and sophomores Jamila Gowdy and Michellee Garcia, worked alongside Harnik to sieve the sediments deposited on the rocking boat’s deck.

Hands-on, in-the-field learning experiences, alongside professors, are what the Franklin & Marshall College education is all about – giving students the opportunity and confidence to go further and dig deeper. In the words of Jamila Gowdy, “I feel like I’m ready to take on any challenge because of the way F&M pushes me to be great.”