Friends and dogs at Scarborough Beach, Maine.
Friends and dogs at Scarborough Beach, Maine.

I’m Vishva Nalamalapu, a rising fourth year Biology major and Environmental Studies minor at Grinnell College. I was born and raised in the lovely suburbs of Portland, Maine, but my mother recently moved to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. With ties across the Northern United States, I’m excited to explore the West a bit as well this summer!

  • Taktsang, a monastery nestled into a cliff along with pines and rhododendrons in Paro, Bhutan.
  • Paro Tsechu, an annual festival in Paro, Bhutan.
  • Yours truly, hydrating and giggling on a hike in Bumthang, Bhutan.

This past semester I was studying the environment and development in Paro, Bhutan (a small Himalayan country burrowed between China and India). I had a magical experience full of beautiful mountains and valleys, and warm and thoughtful people. Studying the environment in another country allowed me to step back and gain more thoughtful and critical perspectives that I’m excited to continue using and developing this summer.

I applied to be a Science Communication Assistant at Rocky Mountain National Park as I’m interested in widening and deepening science’s impact on society by making it more accessible to people beyond the researchers themselves. Through this internship, I’m looking forward to further gauging where my interests and strengths lie within science communication, and to meeting many wonderful people along the way!

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