Term: Spring 2017
Melissa Charenko is a PhD candidate in the History of Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation explores the history of paleoecology, a scientific technique that emerged in the early 20th century which used fossilized micro-fossils such as pollen grains to reconstruct past environments.
She is particularly interested in how paleoecology has been used to explore human influences on the environment, and the ways that these techniques helped determine changes in forest composition through time.
“Grey Towers offered the ideal setting for me to complete a substantial portion of my dissertation. With a quiet tower to spend days writing and reading, easy access to hikes and mountain biking in the evenings, and nights spent beside a babbling brook, Grey Towers had everything I needed and more. The staff made me feel right at home; I only wish a could be as productive the rest of the time!”