Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Sally Warner

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Oceanography; Applied Mathematics


2012 Fellows

Hometown: South Orange, NJ

Travel Locations: China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

As an oceanographer, Warner studies how water flows in and out of estuaries; now she is interested in going beyond the science and making connections with people who live near major water bodies. She plans to visit China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the major rivers that run through them.

Alumni Reflections

What is a favorite memory from your Bonderman?

“I took a cooking class in nearly every country I visited. This was a great way to learn about local ingredients and cuisine and to improve my cooking skills.”

What are you doing now?

“I’m an associate professor of climate science at Brandeis University (located just outside of Boston). The theme of my Bonderman trip was “local waterways.” This topic has now become a big part of my scholarship. I regularly teach a course called Our Local Waterways, where I take students on weekly field trips to visit important water-related sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. On every field trip, we are hosted by non-profit and government organizations who teach the students about the environmental issues impacting local waterways and the work that’s being done to mitigate and solve these issues. My Bonderman trip taught me that hands-on and experiential learning can be so much more meaningful than what can be achieved in the classroom.”
Photo of Sally Warner on her Bonderman in 2012

Sally Warner on her Bonderman in 2012