Isaac Merson

Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
College: Bowdoin College

Throughout my time at Bowdoin College, I studied the relationship between human society and the natural environment, culminating in a semester at the School for Field Studies center for Wildlife Management in Rhotia, Tanzania, where I pursued independent research.

Born and raised in Falmouth, Maine, I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017. While at Bowdoin, I was a dedicated member of the ultimate Frisbee team, which qualified for the national tournament in 2015, as well as the Peucinian Literary Society, a group committed to extending philosophical debate into real world action. Additionally, I helped to re-found the Huntington Bird Club, leading Bowdoin students on trips to explore Maine and develop a passion for bird-watching and conservation. I spent many Saturdays helping out at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program’s Food Pantry and completed a GIS mapping project which will help them pick the most effective location for a mobile food pantry site. I am an avid trail runner and woods wanderer, having spent the summer before my first year at Bowdoin hiking in New England and Europe. In my spare time, I love to act, especially in comedies, make folk and rap music and write song lyrics and poetry.

In 2014, I was a member of the Overland Support Staff and led Mountains & Sea Adventure; in 2015, I led North Country Adventure; and in 2017, I led Yellowstone Teton Explorer. I was ecstatic to be back at Overland this past summer—a place where people genuinely and freely embrace their spirit of adventure and their love of people.