Welcome to my very first Mosaics in Science blog post! This summer I will be an interpretation and resource education assistant at Point Reyes National Seashore, and these posts allow any reader to follow along. So thank you for checking in over the course of my time along the California coast!

From the summit of Mount Diablo State Park above the clouds
From the summit of Mount Diablo State Park (Photo by Diego Morales).

I am an undergraduate student in the Society & Environment major and Anthropology minor programs at the University of California at Berkeley. My coursework focuses on U.S. environmental policy and management, global environmental politics, and justice and sustainability. Recently, I went on a hike to Mount Diablo State Park to see the wildflowers bloom. I learned that on a clear day, you can see over 8,500 square miles and parts of 40 of California’s 58 counties from the summit!

The golden poppy bloom in my garden.
The golden poppy bloom in my garden (Photo by Diego Morales).

I have spent my entire life in Northern California, and family trips to nearby state and national parks growing up formed my enjoyment for the outdoors. When not at school, I enjoy gardening, and I am currently growing sugar snap peas, sunflowers, and pumpkins. I even had my own personal golden poppy super bloom this spring!

My summer at Point Reyes will be my second internship in the National Park Service. This past semester I spent my Tuesdays at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California developing education materials and teaching local 4th grade students about history and climate change.

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
At Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park (Photo by Kaya Sakamoto).

I am very excited to begin at Point Reyes in just over a week from now, and I look forward to a summer full of new experiences and learning. Thank you for reading my first post, and as always, feel free to comment with any questions or anecdotes.


Diego Morales

Diego was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an undergraduate student in the Society & Environment major and Anthropology minor programs at the University of California at Berkeley. This summer he is interning as an interpretation and resource education assistant at Point Reyes National Seashore in the interpretive department. Before Point Reyes, Diego spent a semester as an Every Kid in a Park intern at Rosie the Riveter/World War II National Historical Park. A more long-term educational and career goal of his would be to bridge and solve environmental and social issues being faced, ideally as an environmental lawyer.

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