Biology Alumnus, Trace Landreth, is Working in Afghanistan
Cameron Trace Landreth took an unusual step shortly after graduating with a B.S. in Biology in May 2011. In July he went to work for a government funded company, called Niitek, which searches for IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and other underground threats in Afghanistan.
Niitek has developed a Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS) that uses ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect underground explosives and a range of other devices. Trace is the lead instructor for all of northern Afghanistan, teaching soldiers how to use the HMDS and to dispose of detected threats. Quite a dangerous job, no less.
(See photos below of Trace standing next to a HMDS in Afghanistan.)
Trace has set his sights on other goals, however. He is in the process of applying to Physician Assistant programs and hopes to start next year.
In the meantime, he is putting his biology education to work, setting up pitfall traps to survey the local fauna in Afghanistan. His first day of trapping captured what may be a jerboa (pictured below), a species of rodent that hops like a kangaroo rat and uses its tail as a third hind leg. (Never mind the oversized ears.)
While a student in the Biology Department at UNCP, Trace served as Historian for the Psi Lambda Chapter of TriBeta and was an avid diver and amateur photographer of marine life. Perhaps marine biology will call Trace to a second career? We wish you back safe and sound, Trace.
Photos Courtesy of Cameron Trace Landreth
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012
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