Fiji climate research is MSU’s first student-led study abroad program

May 26, 2015

The reefs of Fiji

Say the words “climate change,” and the first thing that might come to mind is melting polar ice caps. That’s an accurate image, but of course, climate change affects the entire planet. Scientists say the rising tides from all that melting ice have to go somewhere, and some Michigan State University students are watching one remote part of the world that’s starting to see some effects.

Fourteen MSU undergraduate students are in Fiji right now studying the impacts of climate change. Fiji is about 1,100 miles northeast of New Zealand. This course is led by two MSU graduate research assistants, Alex Killion and Tracy Swem. Both are with the MSU fisheries and wildlife program. This is MSU’s first ever student-led study abroad program.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Killion about this unique study program.