Rachel Merriman-Goldring

achel is a sophomore Environmental Policy and Government double major. She is particularly interested in the Chesapeake Bay and the intersections among Rachel Merriman-Goldringlocal, national, and international environmental policy. She has done research on environmental art, and received grant funding from the Monroe Scholars program to create an environmental art installation at William & Mary.

On campus, Rachel is involved in W&M’s International Relations Club, and is the president of Apolis, an organization that fosters student understanding of current events. Rachel also works at the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project, which is part of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. TRIP aims to understand the links between International Relations scholarship and policy outcomes. Rachel is currently conducting research on gender, status, and confidence among international relations scholars.

In the future, Rachel hopes to continue to find ways to combine her passions for art, data, and writing, to better educate people on environmental issues.

The War Over Wilderness: Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the Preservation Movement

Ginny Lunny still has a proprietary air about her. As she drives down the bumpy road to Drakes Estero, the site of her family’s old business, she makes calls to ensure that former employees get their last paychecks. Out at the site, she puts down the seat in the old toilet, muttering about how she warned the Park Service about squatters.

Lunny is from Inverness, a small wind-swept town on the Pacific Ocean. Once a modest farming community, the land nearby is being bought up with what Ginny calls “Google money.” We drive past her childhood home, now overgrown, as she reflects on the last decade. When asked what it’s like to go into nearby downtown Point Reyes, she says “I don’t really know anybody there anymore.”

Lunny and her family have been at the center of a controversy that has wracked Marin County, San Francisco, and environmental circles across the United States.

She and her family owned and operated Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

Read the rest of Rachel's article here.