Tulane student who died in a freak accident was a true scholar. ‘Her loss is tremendous.’ – Biloxi Sun Herald

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Minnesota native Margaret “Meg” Maurer had found a home to put her passion for wetlands, science and nature to work when she became one of few selected as a Newcomb scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans. The 21-year-old native of Forest, Minn., was studying ecology and evolutionary biology at Tulane at the time of her death in a freak accident Tuesday at a rest area off Interstate 10 in Jackson County. “She was going to do an exhibition of her work in the next couple of weeks, ” Aidan Smith, the director of the Newcomb Scholars Program, said Wednesday. “We are thinking of still doing that with her artwork.” Maurer’s death has devastated those who knew her. Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Sun Herald #ReadLocal “I worked with Meg from the time she was a freshman, ” Smith said. “She had so many interests. She loved nature. She loved science. .


And she was one of the most compassionate and kind people that I’ve had the opportunity to teach. She will missed by both her peers and faculty here. Her loss is tremendous.” Tulane professor Thomas W. Sherry worked closely with Maurer and called her loss “heartbreaking.” Maurer had been using her artistic talents to create a series of illustrations for a book Sherry plans to publish on tropical insect-feeding birds. “We meticulously worked on concepts, sketches, draft pieces, and revisions of each piece of artwork, paying attention to both the biology and the art, ” Sherry said. “She (Maurer) had enormous talent, motivation to improve and see better, and curiosity; and we were discussing possible post-graduation options, including schools with biological illustration programs. .

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