He didn’t know it at the time, but a first-year seminar would eventually lead Chris Karmosky down the path to graduate studies in climatology.
Karmosky came to Colgate expecting to major in physics or chemistry, but after two years he realized that he could best pursue his interests – weather and climate – by double-majoring in geography and geology.
“I felt that geography would allow me to focus on climate change and geology would capture my interest in chemistry,” said Karmosky, who sees a practical application for his chemistry studies in climate change research.
As Karmosky pursued these interests, he worked closely with Adam Burnett, associate professor of geography, who knew early on that the student from Stevensville, Md., was destined to look skyward.
“After a few weeks, it became clear that Chris had an affinity for all things weather related,” said Burnett, who first taught Karmosky in a first-year seminar on remote sensing and weather analysis.
Through the course of his time at Colgate, Karmosky has benefited greatly from his research with Burnett. The professor is quick to point out that he learned by working with Karmosky, as well.
“He brings intellectual curiosity to our work and, in the process, has helped propel this research in new and exciting ways,” said Burnett, who is excited to see Karmosky moving on to graduate studies at the University of Delaware.
“The geography department at Delaware has one of the finest climatology programs in the country. Chris will have the opportunity to work with some of the best climatologists in the business.”
What more could a mentor ask for?