CHRISTINE LAPORTE ’86

Major: Environmental Studies
Work Crew: Garden, MFA & Yearbook Photographer
Service: Sarvodaya Village Development Program, Sri Lanka
Current Job: Director, Education & Outreach for ECOGIG Marine Sciences Dept., University of GA.

Christine placed high value on WWC’s Triad, spending many summers and semester breaks serving on various crews, including the Farm. Her internship as a marine educator at Ft. Fisher’s NC Aquarium provided lasting career inspiration. After Warren Wilson, she earned her Masters in wildlife conservation/ communications from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Aboard the RV Atlantis, just before a major  launch of the renowned research submarine ALVIN. March 2014
Aboard the RV Atlantis, just before a major launch of the renowned research submarine ALVIN. March 2014

Christine is Director of Education and Outreach for ECOGIG – a research consortium studying the impacts of large hydrocarbon inputs in deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, charting the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy. She serves on the Gray’s Reef Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and consults for a private philanthropy that supports conservation globally. When not working on behalf of our ocean, she travels with her family, rides her horse and rehabilitates injured wildlife.

“My Warren Wilson experience enhanced the development of my work ethic in academics, work and service simultaneously.  Being a member of a supportive community with social principles helped to shape confidence and conscience. Many WWC friends, teachers and mentors are still so important in my life, lucky me!”