History at Home

Since starting my internship, I have had the opportunity to live at McGraw Ranch, a historical ranch built in 1884 that has been preserved and repurposed as a space for researchers to live and work.  The ranch is named after …

South Dakota Adventures

This past weekend I went to Jewel Cave and Wind Cave with some of my fellow interns thanks to the efforts of EFTA (Environment for the Americas).  We went to Jewel Cave first, which was an impressive cave system whose …

Lost in the willows

Willow plants are of the genus Salix and Rocky Mountain has a variety of  species growing. Recently I have worked on identifying different species growing, exciting stuff! I have become familiar and capable of identifying the common species. One morning …

Scenic Science

This weekend, I went down scenic trail ridge road on the way to the East Inlet Trail to help a researcher in the park with her sampling.  Her research project focuses on antibiotic resistant bacteria in streams in Rocky Mountain …

Eulachon Larval Sampling along the Nourse River.

The Missing Beaver

I spent most of this week in park wide training for first season park service staff but at the end of the week I led a hike on the Chilkoot Trail with the goal to reach several sample sites. When …

Limber Pines and Lily Lake

At the end of my first week in the Park, I have a handle on the two main projects I’ll be woking on this summer. The first project will be an anthology of all the research done in RMNP about …

First Day at the Park!

I have finally arrived in the state of Colorado for the first time! My journey from Washington to Colorado has been filled with changing landscapes, climate, and overall scenery. The drive from the Denver area to Estes Park provided plenty …

Rocky Mountains, Here I Come

As I anticipate my arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), I wonder what to expect in the geology of the Rockies.  As a geologist, I am curious to know how and when these mountains formed.  From my research, I …