Meet The Interns

2022 Mosaics In Science Interns

Ivan attends Truman State University where he's double majoring in biology and Spanish. He's excited to experience the day-to-day operations of a national park while getting connecting with conservation professionals. Ivan hopes to pursue graduate school in the future and become a role model in the field for others like him.

Ivan Bossert

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Amy is a graduate of Fordham University with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies. She's highly interested in using GIS and developing maps to help improve park communication with the public. After her internship, she intends to continue her education and earn a master's degree in GIS.

Amy Carrillo

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Jenna is an environmental studies and renewable natural resources major at Texas A&M University. Her academic focus is on regulation and compliance, and she's interested in learning more about the impacts of human interaction with the night sky. In the future, she hopes to practice law for the National Park Service.

Jenna Collett

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Julia graduated from Washington State University with a major in wildlife ecology and conservation with minors in GIS, sustainable development, and forestry. She possesses experience identifying native flora and fauna in the Pacific Northwest and is eager to expand her understandings of unique ecosystems in Washington, her home state. She looks forward to gaining valuable tools and skills related to restoration, adaptability, and sustainability.

Julia Dahlquist

North Cascades National Park

Nicholas graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a major in marine biology. He has over five years of experience in coral restoration which include scuba diving to treat corrals infected with disease and maintaining coral nurseries. He has amassed well over one hundred dives and is dedicated to restoring and protecting corals both locally and overseas.

NICHOLAS C. DURGADEEN​

Buck Island Reef

Angela majored in geology and minored in integrative biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently attends Texas Tech University to earn a master's in geosciences. She considers field experience as one of her strengths and is eager to start a career in geographic information systems and technology. 

Angela Fiorito

Denali National Park

Ben attends California State Polytechnic University of Humboldt where he studies fisheries biology with a consternation in freshwater. He considers his internship to be a dream come true, as his specific, personal interest in the field of fisheries aligns with the species of salmon that his position is focused on. He's thrilled to help with the management and the recovery of salmon populations along the West Coast.

Ben Fujita

Point Reyes National Seashore

Liza is a graduate from Stanford University with a major in earth systems and a minor in translation studies. She earned her first junior ranger badge at five-years-old and has visited over 30 national parks and monuments since then. Her interests and skills include natural resource management, environmental policy, outdoor education, and climate journalism.

Liza hafner

Olympic National Park

Jailyn is a returning Mosaics intern and is majoring in biology at the University of New Orleans. With interests including conservation, environmental education, research, and photography, Jailyn is excited to help make the sciences more accessible to underserved communities while gaining valuable field experience.

Jailyn Hoskins

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Taro earned his bachelor's in environmental science at Colby College and is now pursuing his master's in environmental management at Duke University. He is an aspiring scientist interested in building climate change resilience. Taro hopes to protect and conserve the natural environment through a career in the government and is excited to utilize his data science skills to conduct meaningful research.

Taro Katayama

Cabrillo National Monument

Erika is a biology and English major at the University of Washington Seattle. Her love for biology motivated her to apply for a Mosaics internship. She intends to combine her skills in English and biology to effectively educate the public on current, scientific research. She looks forward to networking and pursuing a career in the parks service. 

Erika Khosrovian

Olympic National Park

Jackson attends Benedictine College and studies biology and psychology. He worked on native wildflower and pollinator research projects during school and is passionate about these important relationships. He's interested in restorative ecology, marine biology, herpetology, and entomology. He hopes to earn a master's in wildlife biology and work in a national park.

jackson maldonado

Yosemite National Park

Andrés is a first-generation Latinx master's student in integrative biology at San Francisco State University. They received their bachelor's degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their interest in Mosaics stems from wanting to improve racial equity and diversity within conservation agencies. They also hope to become a wildlife ecologist working in an urban-rural gradient environment.

Andrés Patino

Fort Point National Historic site

Kelly is a renewable natural resources major at Texas A&M University. She believes it is important to diversify the environmental field and is excited to be a Mosaics intern. After her internship, Kelly hopes to help enact new environmental protocols to protect natural spaces in Mexico.

Keily Pineda

Rocky Mountain National Park

James is double majoring in marine biology and education at Nova Southeastern University. He possesses experience in conducting laboratory research with fish and avian species. His career aspirations focus on marine conservation biology, and he aspires to become both an educator and researcher of marine environments.

James Puentes

Biscayne National Park

Xavier is a third-year undergraduate student at Johnson & Wales University studying data analytics with a minor in psychology. As an indigenous Chamorro, Xavier highly values sustainability and respecting the environment. He considers serving his native island and protecting its natural resources as one of his top priorities in life. Xavier plans on pursuing a master's degree in data science and work for the government on either a local or federal level. 

Xavier Quinata

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Emmanuel is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley and has a master's in earth & planetary science. As a Mexican-American from South Los Angeles, Emmanuel takes great pride in representing his roots in the conservation field and hopes to become a geoscientist. He looks forward to aiding the professionals at his internship site by implementing his knowledge in GIS and remote sensing. 

EMMANUEL QUINTERO

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Hannah is majoring in environmental biology at Washington University. She hopes to continue her education after her internship and is considering working towards earning a PhD in wildlife or marine biology. As someone pursuing a career in conservation and environmental research, she aspires to be a role model for young women of color who are also passionate about the environment.

Sejal Rajamani

arches national park

Mahika studies economics and environmental science at the University of Washington. Her work in outdoor recreation has sparked her love for field research and science communication, and she looks forward to learning about the connected ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest mountains. Mahika hopes to work in education or environmental policy in the future.

Mahika Rao

North coast and cascades inventory & monitoring network

Anjali attends the University of Colorado Boulder and is majoring in environmental engineering and applied mathematics with a minor in art practices. She plans to purse a master's in environmental engineering and then either pursue law school or a PhD program in soil engineering. In her work, she makes sure to not only use her engineering problem solving skills, but also her creativity and care for aesthetics.

ANJALI VELAMALA

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK

Kai recently graduated from Cornell University with a major in environment & sustainability with a concentration in environmental biology and applied ecology. He's fascinated with wildlife conservation and is passionate about protecting natural areas and species. He plans to pursue a career in reintroduction biology and translocation ecology.

KAI VICTOR

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

Jeremiah is an undergraduate student studying wildlife & fisheries sciences with a minor in environmental soil science at Texas A&M University. He's excited to learn more about pollinators while gaining new skills related to conservation. Community outreach has always been one of Jeremiah's passion, specifically with low-socioeconomic communities that need exposure to natural resources and wildlife fields.

Jeremiah wright

isle royale national park

Kaitlin is in her third year at the University of Florida and is majoring in environmental sciences and minoring in sustainability studies. She enjoys plant identification and is excited to be introduced to new forest ecosystems during her internship. She is considering working towards a master's degree with a focus on forestry and hopes to secure a job in conservation that allows her to work outdoors.

kaitlin yap

great smoky mountains national park

2021 Mosaics In Science Interns

Ana is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan where she obtained a degree in Wildlife Biology. Through the Mosaics In Science internship program Ana hopes to gain guidance and mentorship from experienced professionals, that will have a life-long impact on her life and that will help her navigate the wildlife biology career path.

Ana Arce

Isle Royale National Park

Ashleyann recently obtained her B.S. in Physiology and B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is now a first year master's student enrolled in California State University, Chico's Wildland Management program. She is excited to be  a part of helping increase diversity within NPS through her Fire Ecology Assistant position at Lava Beds National Monument this summer. Her future career goals involve working in a natural resources management position that will allow her to be a role model to younger women of color who aspire to work in the environmental sector

Ashleyann Bacay

Lava Beds National Monument

After pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry with minors in German, and Environmental Studies at The College of Wooster, Ohio, Jenelle turned away from laboratory research and decided to pursue field research instead. As a woman of color, the internship opportunities that Environment for the Americas offers through its’ Mosaics in Science internship program seemed like the perfect entry point into the world environmental education and field work. Jenelle intends to complete a Master's degree in natural resource management in Berlin after her time in the Mojave Desert.

Jenelle Booker

Mojave Desert Inventory & Monitoring Network

Lynneva is a 2-time MIS intern! She is currently earning her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lynneva thoroughly enjoys field work and looking forward to Peregrine Falcon surveys she will be doing this summer on the Yukon River. In the future she aims to do work related to studying the impacts of climate change on the arctic.

Lynneva Carroll

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Sahil is currently a second-year student at Brandeis University working towards in Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Conservation has always been his biggest passion. Sahil is excited to participate in the MIS internship programs! He feels certain that this internship opportunity will allow him to gain valuable skills that will help propel him in his pursuit for a career with the NPS. 

Sahil Duvadie

Boston Harbor Islands

Sasha recently graduated from California State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Ecology. Her long-term goal is to become a restoration ecologist with the National Park Service. She also hopes to attend graduate school in the future. She is excited about the DHA status associated with the completion of this internship, since she recognizes the huge advantage it gives applicants when applying for permanent positions.

Sasha Escamilla

Grand Canyon National Park

Cristal was born and raised in sunny Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in 2019. Currently, she is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science at Florida Atlantic University.

Cristal Espinosa

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Sebastian Espinosa is currently in graduate school, working towards obtaining a master’s degree in Climate Science and Solutions. As a child of two immigrants from South America, who instilled a passion for the outdoors in him, Sebastian grew to have a longing to protect and conserve the natural world.

Sebastian Espinosa

North Coast and Cascades Inventory & Monitoring Network

Charles Hambley is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of Guam.  His interests lie in Marine Biology. Specifically he is interested in the study and research of corals and algae. Growing up surrounded by these ecosystems motivates him to help protect the natural resources of his home island. In the future he aspires to work with organizations that play a role in protecting coral reefs. 

Charles Hambley

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Jenna Heckle obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology with a minor in Environmental Science and Sustainability. In the Central Valley she fell in love with the mountains and started working for the National Park Service delivering educational programs that help connect the local community to the parks! Jenna is now in graduate school earning a M.S. in Environmental Science. 

Aubrie Jenna Heckel

Monocacy National Battlefield

Jailyn Hoskins is a 3rd year student at The University of New Orleans pursuing a B.S. in Biology. Jailyn is excited about the internship position they have been offered as a Marine Biological Conservation Assistant because it combines their interests for conservation, research, photography/videography, and sharing knowledge with others.

Jailyn Hoskins

Padre Island National Seashore

Devante Jones is currently a 3rd year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. He hopes to gain as much experience as possible this summer working out in the field as a Botanical Resources Assistant. He is also excited to make connections with NPS professional. In the future Devante aims to work for the EPA or another government agency where he can help make major positive impact in environmental issues.

Devante Jones

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Marwa graduated in 2020 from the University of Washington with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in environmental science. Her professional interests lie in natural resources. Marwa is drawn to a variety of topics within natural resources. These include landscape scale climate change, wildlife interactions with a changing snowpack, climate education, and management and policy implications in a time of a changing climate. Her long-term career goals revolve around working in climate science and policy.

Marwa Mahmoud

Mount Rainier National Park

Veronica is a senior at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is studying geology, and has a  minoring in environmental science. Throughout her studies her focus has been on paleontology, mineralogy, and sedimentation. Her interests lie in the intersection of conservation, biology, chemistry, and  geology. Working for the National Parks Service or USGS has also been a dream of hers.

Veronica C. Mantha

Colonial National Historical Park

Quenten is currently attending the University of Arizona where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Fisheries Management. His professional goal is to become a Fisheries/Wildlife manager for either a federal or private institution. In his profession he hopes to use his experiences to spread awareness about the importance of protecting the outdoors. As well as help bring more diversity to the field of resource management.

Quenten Masters

Congaree National Park

Matthew is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame where he obtained a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Sustainability. As a Mosaics in Science intern, Matthew is looking forward to gaining first-hand experience in natural resource management in the Great Lakes region, meeting other National Park Service employees, and getting to know the natural environment of Pictured Rocks by living and working in it. He is passionate about finding a long-term career that actively contributes to the conservation of natural spaces for all.

Matthew Millado

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Deja is pursuing her Bachelor's in Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with a minor in Horticulture at Texas A&M University. Deja just completed  her sophomore year, and is excited to be a part of the Mosaics in Science program! Her professional goal is to eventually lead her own field research in animal behavior.

Deja Olumba

Point Reyes National Seashore

Viridiana is currently a second-year master’s student in the Environmental Science program at The University of Texas at El Paso. Viridiana believes that the skills gained from this internship will help her become a better scientist and she is proud to represent women and the Hispanic community within STEM fields.

VIRIDIANA ORONA

Saguaro National Park

Andrés has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in education from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus. Currently, he is in his first year of the master's degree in planning with an environmental and social emphasis at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

Andrés L. Pérez

Biscayne National Park

Brooke is a recent graduate of Cornell University, where she studied Environmental Science. This internship opportunity aligns closely with her interests in studying mammals and builds upon her experience working with camera traps and GIS. Eventually, after gaining more field work experience, she plans to pursue a PhD in wildlife conservation and eventually work for a conservation NGO or government agency.

Brooke Su

Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave, and Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network

Edwin is a recent graduate from Central Washington University where he earned his  Bachelor’s in Science degree in Geography. With this internship Edwin hopes to gain a better understanding of the complexities of natural resource management as well as develop the skills that will allow him to be successful in this field. He is also excited about further developing his community outreach skills and helping contribute to making his site as accessible as possible to wide range of people.

Edwin Torres

North Cascades National Park

Will, a Junior at Drake University, is working towards a Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Science- in the Aquatic & Earth Sciences Track- and a Bachelor's of Art in Political Science. Following graduation, Will hopes to utilize his degrees to work at a Federal Agency.

William Tsai

Rocky Mountain National Park

Jorge is a recent graduate with a B.S. degree in environmental engineering. His professional interests are somewhat wide-ranging, but at the moment he is especially interested in water treatment and ecology.

Jorge Vargas-Barriga

Homestead National Monument of America

Samantha is a recent graduate from Colorado State University where she earned degrees in Journalism, Economics, & Ethnic Studies. Samantha is excited about her role this summer because it will allow her to engage with communities and help create interest in critical topics like climate change. 

Samantha Ye

Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance

Ty just finished up her freshman year at Wake Forest University. Next semester, she plans to declare as an Environmental Science major with minors in Spanish & Arabic. Since a young age, Ty always dreamed of being a park ranger or field biologist.

Ty Zanders

NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY

2020 MOSAICS IN SCIENCE INTERNS

Caleb Bolin

Caleb Bolin

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Alanna Bond

Alanna Bond

Vicksburg National Military Park

Matthew Butzin

Matthew Butzin

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saida Burns-Moore

Saida Burns-Moore

Wind Cave National Park

Amani Canada

Amani Canada

Padre Island National Seashore

Lynneva Carrol

Lynneva Carrol

Central Alaska Inventory & Monitoring Network

Maaz Fareedi

Maaz Fareedi

Mammoth Cave National Park

Sydney Fuller

Sydney Fuller

Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network

Daniel Hubner

Daniel Hubner

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Celeste Meyer

Celeste Meyer

Saguaro National Park

Tania C. Parra Ramírez

Tania C. Parra Ramírez

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Yair Torres

Yair Torres

Southeast Arizona Group NPS Unit

Alexandra Isabel Verdeja Pérez

Alexandra Isabel Verdeja Pérez

Biscayne National Park

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Fire Island National Seashore

Cory Zaller-Edmonds

Cory Zaller-Edmonds

Mount Rainier National Park

2019 MOSAICS IN SCIENCE INTERNS

Camilo Acosta

Camilo Acosta

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Patricia Alquiza

Patricia Alquiza

Biscayne National Park

Sebastian Alvarez

Sebastian Alvarez

Petrified Forest National Park

Alyssa Canova

Alyssa Canova

Greater Yellowstone Network Inventory & Monitoring Network and Yellowstone National Park

Nicole Esch

Nicole Esch

New River Gorge National River

Zoe Flores

Zoe Flores

Lava Beds National Monument

Katlyn Fuentes

Katlyn Fuentes

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Hannah Gershone

Hannah Gershone

Saguaro National Park

Aliya Khan

Aliya Khan

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Christian Knutson

Christian Knutson

Northern Great Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network and Badlands National Park

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee

MinuteMan National Historical Park

Sonia Meyer

Sonia Meyer

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Donna Molfetta

Donna Molfetta

South Florida & Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Network

Diego Morales

Diego Morales

Point Reyes National Seashore

Vishva Nalamalapu

Vishva Nalamalapu

Rocky Mountain National Park

MyLynn Phan

MyLynn Phan

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Caprice Phillips

Caprice Phillips

Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Xavier Rivera

Xavier Rivera

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Brittany Tominez

Brittany Tominez

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Tut Tran

Tut Tran

Dinosaur National Monument

Estefanía Vicens

Estefanía Vicens

NPS Southeast Arizona Group

Ansley Watkins

Ansley Watkins

Indiana Dunes National Park

Cory Zaller-Edmonds

Cory Zaller-Edmonds

Mount Rainier National Park

Crystal Zhao

Crystal Zhao

Mount Rainier National Park

2018 MOSAICS IN SCIENCE INTERNS