LEWISTON — Two local Bates College environmental studies majors have completed courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in addition to a 200-hour internship and the community-engaged capstone course in which groups of students pair with a community organization to bring scientific and other types of expertise to a specific project that addresses a community-identified need, according to a release from the college.

Josh Caldwell, of West Gardiner, presented the results of their environmental studies capstone project addressing barriers for New Mainers in understanding and utilizing transportation resources to access medical care and finding culturally appropriate solutions for the barriers. Caldwell, the child of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caldwell, of West Gardiner, and a 2015 graduate of Gardiner Area High School, worked with Isa Moise, of Mount Vernon, New York, and Dylan Metsch-Ampel of Montglair, New Jersey, on the project.

Signe Lynch, of Farmingdale, presented the results of their environmental studies capstone project, evaluating land use changes and zoning alternatives in Auburn’s Agricultural and Resource Protection District. Lynch, the child of Mr. Thomas L. Lynch and Ashli V. Spear, of Farmingdale, and a 2016 graduate of Hall-Dale High School, worked with Willy Anderson, of Groton, Massachusetts, and Emerson Krull, of Santa Monica, California, on the project.

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