Nick Long ’19

Nick Long

Nick Long

Nick Long

Nick Long '19 loved to spend time outdoors as a kid, exploring the natural world. At Dickinson, he got involved with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) and engaged in research with a postdoctorate researcher at Harvard and Shoals Marine Laboratory. After studying specialized gill anatomy in a variety of fishes, the biology major presented his original research at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco.


Acton, Mass.



Clubs and organizations:

WDCV college radio, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), Junkyard Turkeys Ultimate Frisbee and Arts Collective


Burkholder Biology Prize, Harry C. Zug ’34 Family Scholarship, Kenderdine Student Travel Fund

On choosing Dickinson:

I chose Dickinson because of its commitment to sustainability and to preparing students to be global citizens. My initial plan coming into Dickinson was to major in environmental science, but I ended up falling in love with my biology courses. I also think that the campus is beautiful and has lots of accessible and beautiful outdoor areas near it. I was impressed with the students, faculty and alumni who I met during my tour and in various meetings.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

The broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl. Nothing can beat it.

About my research:

I conducted a research project at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology on the anatomy and function of the gill chamber of a family of deep-sea anglerfishes called chaunacidae, also known as sea toads or coffin fishes. I worked on this with a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. Then, with the help of the Kenderdine Student Travel Fund, I was able to present this research at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco during my junior year.

Post-Dickinson plans:

I hope to go into coastal resource management and protect vital ecosystems. This work could be with a governmental agency or a nonprofit organization, as long as I can see a tangible impact from my work. I think that I’d be most happy in a position that works with community members to address their local natural resource issues or helping contribute to work on a global scale.

Read more from the winter 2019 issue of Dickinson Magazine.



Published February 15, 2019