Major in Marine Biology committed to educating the public about wildlife
Reginald Walden ’19 has created a podcast on invasive species and marine conservation, and he will continue to educate the public through his work with the US National Park Service.
May 21, 2019
As we get closer to the start, we’ll introduce you to some of the graduating class of 2019. Next, Reginald Walden ’19, a marine biology student who studied in the Bahamas, is now heading to North Dakota to educate the public through his work as a park warden at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Reginald Walden ’19, majoring in marine biology with a minor in communications, initially wanted to create a series of videos for his graduation thesis. He ultimately decided to create “The Walden Watch: A Marine Invasive Species Podcast,” which will soon air on WNHU, the University’s award-winning radio station.
âI incorporate a lot of my personal experiences to make the podcast more accessible,â said Walden, whose podcast is also available on SoundCloud. “In many edutainment programs, the emphasis is on integrating entertainment into educational content, but I present the information so that the educational content itself is entertaining. I find ways to connect the content to the educational content. people, so that they care about the environment, and offer ways to help.
Many of the personal experiences Walden talks about took place while studying abroad in the Bahamas. While working at Gerace Research Center on the island of San Salvador, he saw firsthand the impact of invasive species and climate change on the island’s environment and wildlife.
âI saw how much damage has been done by invasive species on the island,â Walden said. “For example, the endangered San Salvador rock iguana has fallen to less than 500 due to the impact of invasive species and human hunting.”
As part of an aquaculture course, Walden studied Asian shore crabs, an invasive species. Walden observed that animals could survive in a wide range of temperatures and could camouflage themselves remarkably well.
“I find ways to connect content to people, so that they care about the environment and offer ways to help.”Reginald Walden ’19
A contributor of The shipper’s bulletin, the university’s student-run newspaper, Walden has worked to educate the campus community about his work. He has written articles on environmental issues, including an article on legislation he says threatens to weaken the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Walden, who will begin his career as a ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, will soon be educating the public on an even larger scale. His work will focus on teaching visitors about the park’s wildlife, ecology and historical significance.
âI mentioned my podcast in my resume, and the hiring manager said she wanted me to create similar content for the US National Park Service,â said Walden, a former park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Cape Cod Canal. “I am looking forward to this opportunity. It is one of my favorite national parks.”