About the Author

This site was created by Leah Pridoehl as part of a Senior Capstone Project for LB492, Water and Society.


I am a fourth-year senior in the Lyman Briggs science college at Michigan State University. As an animal science major, my connections to this class come from applying water to not only human society, but also the natural world. When deciding on a capstone project idea, I wanted to make sure it would be something I am passionate about. I have always been extremely interested in the Pacific Ocean. Having spent most of my summers on the Hawaiian Island of Maui visiting my grandparents, I have been able to see certain changes in the ecosystem dynamics over the years, and wanted to further investigate the reasons behind it.