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Anna Messinger

Teaching Fellow


Anna Messinger

Originally from Burlington, VT, I grew up having Green Mountains at my fingertips. During summers, my parents would bring my sister and I backpacking along the Long Trail. In the winters, my entire family would pile into the car with all of our gear, getting to the ski mountain early to make the first chair. These experiences in Vermont granted me an extensive appreciation of the natural world. As I grew older, I began to seek out these experiences for myself, eventually hiking the entire Long Trail at age 17. 

My love of the outdoors brought me to the coast of Maine to attend Bowdoin College, where I was in close proximity to the ocean for the first time in my life. I participated in Bowdoin’s Marine Science Semester, where I took classes exclusively learning about the intertidal ecology of Maine. For one of the first times in my education, I was learning things about where I lived. I completed a research project on the metabolism of carnivorous snails, which I presented at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The next semester, I studied abroad in Cochrane, Chile, where again I was immersed in local ecology and conservation issues. These experiences led me to become passionate about place-based education and community engagement.

In addition to my love of science and the outdoors, I love sewing my own clothes, practicing handstands, and running. 

What Brought Me to Chewonki?



B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Select Publications

Bowdoin College Independent Research. 2019. Predicting ocean warming effects on predator-prey interaction and community structure through consumption and metabolism of Nucella lapillus and Mytilus edulis

Senior Seminar Thesis in Environmental Studies. 2020. Life, Liberty and Happiness: The Progressive Era anti-vaccine movement and its precursors. 

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