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My two main projects include: mapping the Great Basin western bristlecone pine trees along the mountain ranges and digitizing Death Valley’s herbarium. Western bristlecone pines suffer bark beetle attacks, which have rendered these long-lived trees vulnerable to weather conditions. By creating a reliable map of...

Owls, starfish, & plovers… oh my! Before this internship began, I never imagined that I would have so many new, incredible, and diverse experiences packed in my first month. Over the past weeks, I’ve been visiting with various San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network...

My project focuses on Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS), a 176-acre island located northeast of St. Croix, USVI. This beautiful area is surrounded by approximately 18,000 acres of federally protected water, teeming with coral reefs and diverse marine life. On the island, there is...

The first few weeks in Yosemite National Park have been without doubt the best summer days of my life. I have hiked, gotten soaked in waterfalls, met interesting people, witnessed granite mountains, seen bears, and the best part, helped in the conservation of the the Great...

Peering through my spotting scope, I scan the dense wall of sitka spruce that grow on the rocky shores across from me. My fingers and cheeks, whipped by unrelenting winds, have turned pink and gone numb, and I’m struggling to make the small movements needed...

Reintroduction of Fresh water Mussels One of the fun projects I was able to join was looking for mussels in the Cuyahoga River. Fresh water mussels are an important part of the river's ecosystem. They used to be in the river before pollutants and industrial development...

This summer, I will be at the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Site. This park is rich with history that dates back to American colonial times. The Blackstone gets its name from Rev. William Blackstone, an English colonizer who settled along the river to escape...