David was always interested in the rise of sea levels

David was always interested in the rise of sea levels. Photo: UMass.edu

From an early age Camille David developed an interest in the effects of the rise of sea levels.

Growing up in Vieille Case and in close proximity to the coast he was able to have first hand observation of the influence of the ocean.

That interest led him to study the matter further and he has now received a PHD in Marine Sciences/Coastal System Science at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST).

This after the presentation of his dissertation, “Linkage between sea level rise, tidal inlet dynamics and wetland response.”

In an interview with the school’s website David said he developed an interest on the effects of the rise of sea levels because he grew up in close proximity to the coast and ‘ocean influence.’

“I developed a keen interest in coastal/marine science from my early days in high school,” he said. “This interest was heightened with an understanding of sea level rise and its destabilizing effects on coastal processes and ecology as well as on the built environment, and on the need to develop strategies to mitigate effects.”

He stated that studying and doing research at SMAST helped him develop the confidence to work with real-world challenges.

“Working on my research has enabled me to grow and develop the confidence to tackle real-world challenges with a skill set built from both practical experience and theory,” David pointed out. “There was tremendous opportunity to present my work at the seminar level and at conferences.”

He stated his future plans include building the skills he has already acquired and “seeking either post-doctoral opportunities or employment opportunities where I can use my knowledge to solve real-world problems.”

He described SMAST as a great learning institution.

“You build a network of friends here in quick time. I also think there is good camaraderie between faculty and students, which enhances learning,” David said.