Hello! My name is Joseph Philbrick, but I go by my middle name Parker. I am a senior Biology major, and I am dual majoring in Sustainability. I am from Greenland, New Hampshire and I have lived in Seacoast NH my entire life. I started my college career as a Pre-Med student at UVM but transferred to UNH midway through my freshman year. After taking an environmental conservation and sustainability class with Professor Purrenhage, I decided I wanted to change tracks and focus more on the ecology side of biology, as I have always had a passion for the outdoors! Since then, I have focused my degree on water quality, starting with lakes and moving towards streams. I have spent the last two semesters working with Dr. Jim Haney in the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology, studying nutrient trends in lakes and cyanotoxin concentrations in freshwater environments. I have written a paper on nutrient loading and water quality in a recreational pond in Dover, and hope to have it published. Currently, I am researching how cyanotoxins may move through food webs in streams, and presented my research at the URC.
As a student, I have been a member and executive officer for Slow Food UNH for four years now. I served as the MUB farmers market manager, managing a biweekly winter farmers’ market that hosted about 15-20 local vendors. I know am the President of Slow Food, hoping to engage students and teach them about our local food system. Slow Food combines my love for sustainability, food and community. In my free time, I can be found enjoying the outdoors, either by ski or by bike.