Greetings everyone, my name is Marquise White and I am from Waldorf Maryland. I am currently a Senior at Frostburg State University where I am pursuing a degree in Wildlife & Fisheries, and minoring in Biology and French. As a child, I was always outside exploring my surroundings, and appreciating the outdoors. My adventures outdoors along with watching channels such as Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel sparked my interest in wildlife and natural resources.
I am currently interning at the Greater Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network where I will be taking part in several research projects such as Pika and vegetation monitoring, and water quality sampling to name a few. I am staying at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana. It is absolutely breathtaking here in Bozeman. There are vast amounts of wildlife and mountains. The first week mainly consisted of in-office training to prepare us for the things I will be doing throughout my internship. In my short time here, I have already been on several hikes in the surroundings areas, and it is very beautiful. I find myself constantly amazed at how beautiful the landscape is. I am very excited to see what this summer has in-store for me. I am very fortunate to have received this internship and I am looking forward to new experiences and meeting new people. I fully intend on using this internship to learn new things as well as network with the people I meet to hopefully gain insight on potential career paths for me.
My name is Elizabeth. I was born and raised in southern California. I studied Conservation Resource Studies with a minor in Forestry in northern California and just graduated! I love being outdoors hiking, swimming, or even just sitting under the shade of a tree. This summer, I will be interning at Valley Forge National Park in Pennsylvania. It is my first time on the east coast and so far, I have had a great time! I have already had many insightful conversations with several staff members in the park. I got to learn and take part in managing an invasive crayfish population in the creek that runs along the park. I had a great time feeling the fresh water running past my feet while looking for and collecting rusty crayfish. It has only been a week and I have already learned a lot.
I am definitely interested in working towards conservation but I have yet to find out what specific field I want to dive into. This week, I communicated my long list of interests within conservation to my supervisor and thankfully, I will have the opportunity to explore many of these interests throughout the summer. Through this experience, I am hoping to find which specific aspect of conservation I would like to pursue as a career.
I am really excited for what is to come this summer!
Laura Palma reporting for duty! Destination: US Virgin Island St. Croix
I hail from the distant land of Miami Florida, born and raised. It’s also where I attained a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Florida International University. As a recent graduate, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired as a scientific diver. That is what drew me to this particular internship. But diving alone was not enough to hook me line and sinker; the opportunity to explore and study a new ecosystem and organism, seagrass beds and green sea turtles, is what sealed the deal. I have never worked with sea turtles or conducted intensive research with seagrasses, something I won’t be able to say by the end of this internship.
While I’m here I intend to take full advantage of the opportunity MOSAICS has given me not only from the research perspective but also from the National Park Service (NPS) aspect. I’m curious to experience what it will be like working for NPS and whether it will be a good fit for me. As most of my experience has been with academic institutions, this internship will allow me to expand my career experience with other agencies. I’ve only been here six days and already I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some great scientists including several from NOAA. I hope this experience will help me determine if graduate school will be my next feat.
I’d like to give a big thank you to my project mentor, Alexandra Gulick (Graduate Student, Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida) and my NPS supervisors, Clayton Pollock (Biologist) and Zandy Hillis-Starr (Chief of Resource Management) for offering me this opportunity.
Hello blog reader,
Here is Fabiane Barato the intern of last year of Mosaic in Sciences (MIS) for the Gulf Coast Network Inventory and Monitoring Program (GULN), Gulf Island National Seashore project. On that project I had the pleasure of bringing to life more than 1500 35mm photo slides. Those slides were scanned and archived as historical records of the conditions of the barrier islands of Mississippi and Florida during 1980’s.
This summer I’m back at the GULN, for another MIS internship. However, this time I will be tracking Texas tortoises (Gopherus berlandieri) at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, which is located in Brownsville, Texas.
If you did not read my blog last year let me introduce myself. My name is Fabiane Barato, but I usually go by Fabi (Fah-bee). I am originally from Brazil. I’ve been living in Lafayette, LA for seven years and a half. In Brazil, I graduated with an associated degree as an environmental technician, and I was on my third year of a bachelor in science (B.S.) in agronomy when I decide to move to the USA. Here I went to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where I graduate with a B.S. in environmental sciences with a concentration in water and soils and double minor in biology and geology. During my undergrad I also got a certification on geographic information system (GIS), which will be very useful for me in this project. I’m currently doing my master in geology, analyzing the past forty years of water level data for the Chicot Aquifer, and I’m looking to graduate on the fall 2017.
Now you know a little bit about me. I’m excited to be back at the GULN office. I had a great experience last year and I’m sure this summer will be even better because I will be on the field at least once a month “chasing” tortoises. I know it will not be easy, we are talking about hot summer, ticks, cactus, rattle snakes, tortoises poop, and did I mention hot summer?!? But no matter what, I know I will love it. So see you next week for an update on my first field trip.
Everything has happened so fast. Last week, I graduated from Syracuse University and now I am sitting on a porch watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I am a city girl born and raised in New Jersey, 40 minutes outside New York City, and I have never been to the West Coast until now. Honestly, the biggest shock was first the density of trees, then the lack of street lights. This is a big change for me, as much as it is exciting, I am terrified.
Driving along the Oregon- Washington border, the mountains tower over with trees hugging the road. The Columbia River glistens as it runs along the Lewis and Clark Trail Highway. The view is not only beautiful but a reminder that, just as this river has evolved and shaped the landscape, I can do the same. I am as resilient as the pines stand tall. I am as ever-changing as the gollies along the riverbed. I am as strong as the waves that crash on the rocky coast. This is not only my time to adapt, this is a time for everyone to adapt and change with our landscape. Tomorrow begins a new journey and I am running toward it, leaping into it with full force.
My name is Tucker Grigsby and I am a Mosaics in Science intern working with the Cascades Butterfly Project at Mount Rainier National Park for summer 2017. I graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara last year with a degree in aquatic biology, and while I love the ocean, I find that the mountains and forests draw the same wonder and emotion from me. With the opportunity to experience a mountain wilderness ahead of me, I left my home in Berkeley, California for a week-long road trip to Mount Rainier.
My first stop was Mount Shasta in Northern California. At 14,179 feet, the mountain is the second-tallest in the Cascades, only bested by Rainier, and rests at the southern end of that volcanic mountain range. I arrived late and camped nearby in Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Bunny Flat serves as the starting point for most ascents of the mountain, and that is where I met Liz, a new friend and climbing partner.
Tired from our ascent the previous day, and without the luxury of showers in the forest, we decided to find Castle Lake, a local subalpine lake just atop forest line. Castle lake is fed by snowmelt, but is warmed by a warm-spring near it’s center. It’s water is exceedingly clear and the perfect temperature for swimming.
I left Liz in the town of Mount Shasta with a jar of homemade kimchi, and heading northeast into Oregon, I camped in Umpqua National Forest before visiting Crater Lake. A hiker I met there informed me that Crater Lake gets its unique deep blue color from its clear water and depth. It is a volcanic caldera lake; nearly 2000 feet deep, it’s the deepest in the United States.
As much as the Oregonian forests have to offer, I found myself missing the ocean. I left the Umpqua forest and crossed the state, using backroads to follow rivers away from the mountains, eventually reaching Sunset Bay on the central Oregon Coast. Oregon’s central coast is dramatic and features severe and imposing sandstone sea cliffs in some areas, and immensely wide sandy beaches in others. Where I camped, the intertidal was dominated by limpets, snails, and coralline algae.
As the starting date for my position approached, I headed inland again through Oregon and into Washington, where I was met by an old friend with two kayaks. The final day of the trip was relaxing. We spent the daylight at Silver Lake under Mount St. Helens, paddling, watching ospreys fish, and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I arrived at my site in Mount Rainier later that night refreshed and excited to begin my adventure as a Mosaic intern for the summer.