Nominating Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Interest: Medicine and Public Health
Placement Organization: Coral Triangle Center
Placement Location: Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
About Jeremyupdated 2/2014: Jeremy Pivor, majoring in environmental biology at Washington University in St. Louis, is passionate about international environmental issues and ocean conservation. Interested in the interconnection between science and policy, he has conducted research ranging from disease ecology near Missouri caves, oyster reefs in North Carolina, coral reefs in Madagascar, and lobster diversity in the Sargasso Sea. His interest in international environmental policy has been developing ever since he co-founded Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment (WUSICE). With WUSICE he organized a climate change conference between American and Chinese students. A memorandum featuring joint solutions to climate policy issues was presented to the lead U.S. and Chinese negotiators at the 2010 climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. The following year he organized the first Washington University delegation to the climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Concurrently, he was selected to be an international youth delegate for the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) where he focused on building U.S.-China relations and co-initiated the first youth water policy working group. Sailing with his grandparents every summer, Pivor fell in love with the sea at an early age. Studying abroad affirmed his passion for the ocean. For three months he lived with the Vezo in a remote coastal fishing community in Madagascar working on marine conservation. He assisted biodiversity research of the coral reefs and in education initiatives for local youth in the community. He left Madagascar with a sense of responsibility to dedicate his life towards solving ocean issues to support communities, like the Vezo, that depend on the ocean for their survival. Following his experience in Madagascar, Pivor studied marine biodiversity and conservation of the Sargasso Sea. Aboard a brigantine tall ship, he sailed from St. Croix to Massachusetts via Bermuda. En route, he trained in sailing the ship and conducted ocean science and policy research. In order to better inform management strategies he continued his research for a thesis project, investigating the genetic diversity of Caribbean Spiny Lobster larval cohorts in the Central Atlantic. Jeremy is also president of his university’semergency medical service, plays saxophone, and is an avid scuba diver. His goal is to represent the United States government at the international level. He aspires to work on the interconnection between science and policy by promoting policies that best reflect scientific consensus for the vitality of both the oceans and coasts.
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