Matthew Bartolotti

Matthew Bartolotti
Conservation Biology
Spanish, Outdoor Studies
Henniker, NH
Community Assistant, Laurentian Singers, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

I am an explorer. As a child, I ran through the woods searching
for “baby dinosaurs” (salamanders), and at St. Lawrence I’ve delved into the
surrounding woods for Ornithology class looking for warblers and woodpeckers.

When I decided on St. Lawrence my senior year in high school, I
had no idea that I would spend the following summer researching birds, spend a
semester in the woods, work as a Community Assistant, or travel to France with
the Laurentian Singers. I chose St. Lawrence because I knew it was strong in
environmental studies and biology, and classes were small, but had no idea how
much more the school had to offer. After my first year at St. Lawrence, I
participated in a summer internship at a local farm researching the effects of
haying on grassland nesting bird species, while also building a friendship with
the farmers themselves. During the fall 2010 semester, I took part in the
Adirondack Semester, where I lived in the woods for four months. My classmates
and I relied on each other for meals (cooking), heat (saunas and woodstoves),
and transportation (canoeing across the lake to leave on town runs or field
trips). This spring break I am traveling to France with the Laurentian Singers
for our annual tour.

I am applying to study abroad in Costa Rica for
the Fall 2011 semester, and for a travel enrichment grant to work alongside
researchers at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. After
graduation, I plan on going to graduate school or writing and researching for a
conservation group such as the Nature Conservancy or Audubon. After a few years
there, I want to teach high school environmental studies and biology classes
and share the joy of exploring.