A native of Scarborough, Maine, Libby had a hunch Green Mountain College was the right place at first sight. “I just knew. I think most people feel that way about GMC,” she said.
Her academic career took some unexpected but rewarding detours. She studied for a semester at Alaska Pacific University through GMC’s membership in the Eco League program in 2013. “I discovered a divine love and respect for Alaska,” she said, “It’s a harsh yet beautiful wilderness.”
She returned there after graduation to work as a naturalist guide in Denali National Park. From Alaska it was on to Kenya, where she is teaching biology in the Peace Corps as a Paul D. Coverly Fellow. The program helps Peace Corps participants finance a graduate school education after finishing their two years of service.
She is grateful to the many people who provided opportunity and encouragement at GMC, especially biology professor Meriel Brooks. “She’s an incredible researcher and person, and she supported my independent research study I conducted on white-tailed deer genetics in Vermont. I took my first biology class with her, so she’s known me for a long time. I think she is just as excited for my future as I am!” she said.