The article on alumni involved in solving ocean issues (“Shades of Blue,” September 2009) bolstered my observation that Ephs play a disproportionately large role in this increasingly important field. My company, Waterview Consulting, links ocean science with management and policy through strategic communications. Unexpectedly often I encounter successful leaders addressing ocean issues and discover they are Williams alumni. It’s a challenging, interdisciplinary field that requires innovation and creative thinking—part of the draw for alumni of the landlocked Purple Valley.

—Peter H. Taylor ’92, Yarmouth, Maine