My name is Noelani Parker and I am recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection. Though my journey deviates slightly from the other interns in that I won’t be starting until the end of June, I still wanted to take the time to introduce myself. This summer I will be working closely with the ecologist at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California as a Biological Technician in order to help map the distribution and infection rate of an overseas pathogen (Cronartium ribicola). As a result, most of my work will lead me to the backcountry terrain of Lassen, where both elevation and spirits will be high.
Growing up in a small coastal town in California gave me an early appreciation for nature, and a deep-rooted need to protect it. I was lucky enough to be able to engage myself in some sort of outdoor activity daily, and had an innate love for hiking and camping, making me ecstatic to have been accepted into a MIS program that allows me to do just that!
As the days dwindle down I find myself anxiously excited to see what this summer holds for me. I am mentally prepared to trek new mountains, expand my botanical knowledge, and work hard, but find myself nervous to live in a small town with a population bobbing around 100. For now, I have set my goals and intentions, and all I can do is let the excitement build. I can’t wait to share more of my adventure with everyone once it begins!