19-year-old Anastasia Roda is focusing on environmental studies and marine biology at Harvard and is keeping the option of a law degree open. But impressive as that is, her toastworthiness predates her acceptance to the prestigious university.
When she was only 15, Anastasia began to worry about the proximity of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant (Oyster Creek Generating Station) to the bay where she spent her summers. To determine whether or not her concern had merit, she began studying the ecosystems of the creeks near the plant.
Proving that the creeks closest to the power plant had higher temperatures, faster currents, and created higher bacteria levels downstream (than a control creek 7 miles away) led to several awards for Anastasia, including the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Award.
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