Limaris (Lima) Soto, National Park Service  

Welcome to the National Park Service (NPS) and the Mosaics in Science Program Diversity Internship Program (MIS)! I am pleased that you are joining us as an MIS intern this summer. Your role is critical in fulfilling the NPS mission, and I hope that you find your work rewarding, fulfilling, and lots of fun.

I am the Program Manager for the MIS with the NPS Geologic Resources Division. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and my Master’s degree in Geology from the University of South Florida. While in college, I worked as a scientist educator for the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program and the Center for Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education. In 2013, I became a volunteer and later a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern with GRD working with National Cave and Karst Program, where I oversaw the creation of the Junior Ranger Cave Scientists Program. In 2014, I began assisting with the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks and Mosaics in Science Internship Programs.

I am excited that you will be joining the NPS team and hope that you have a fun and successful internship with us. We really appreciate your interest in the NPS, and your assistance protecting and preserving the outstanding natural resources in our national parks.  

Sheylda Diaz, Environment for the Americas  

I am Puerto Rican and was born in Würzburg, Bavaria and raised between the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and Germany. The mix in cultures helped me appreciate differences in cultures, and I recognize how lucky I am to have such a beautiful upbringing. I have a Pre-Veterinary certificate from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Master’s degree from the Metropolitan University in Cupey, Puerto Rico. I am currently finishing my PhD in Ecology from the University of Turabo, where I have been on faculty since 2007.

In addition to assisting with coordination of Mosaics in Science, I also coordinate World Migratory Bird day in the Caribbean region. I enjoy working to achieve opportunities for Latin youth and for an inclusive and diverse professional and academic environment wherever I go.

Paige Lambert, National Park Service 

Hello and Welcome! I am the NPS Program Assistant for the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program.

I was first exposed to careers in the National Park Service through the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Internship Program, where I served as a Geology Education Intern at Rocky Mountain National Park. From there, I realized my love for the National Park Service and continued to work seasonally at Rocky in Interpretation, the GIS Office, and the Continental Divide Research Learning Center.

During that time, I was exposed to a variety of youth and diversity engagement initiatives that focused my professional interests and led me to the position I hold today – working with motivated, young scientists and park staff to meet science and diversity needs in national parks. I am so excited to collaborate with and support the next generation of park stewards and natural resource scientists – YOU! – through the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program!

Stephen Poblete, Environment For The Americas

Hi everyone, my name is Stephen Poblete and I am from Oxon Hill, Maryland! I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Sociology and soon moved to Sacramento, California as a member of Americorps NCCC co XXIII . From there, I traveled around the Pacific region completing different volunteer projects including habitat restoration projects in the Mojave Desert and Fire Management in northern California.

After completing a year of service, I found the Celebras Las Aves Internship through Environment For The Americas teaching migratory bird programming in South East, D.C. Those years of volunteering allowed me to learn that I value our environment and helping others gain valuable experience in our public spaces. Now I help with many internships for EFTA, but you can find me working with the Mosaics in Science team. I live in Richmond, VA with my wife. I also enjoy reading, hiking, and Nascar!