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New faces at DNERR! Meet our Summer Interns

Written on: June 26th, 2017 in Coastal Training ProgramEducation & OutreachNERRResearchSt. Jones ReserveStewardship

We’re excited to welcome our summer interns to DNERR! We have several new faces around the Reserve, all undergraduate students coming from five states and four universities. They’re helping staff members with various tasks for the summer months including research, communication and policy, education and outreach, and conservation and stewardship. Read on to find out a little more about each of them! (Johanna Hripto, DNERR Assistant Education Coordinator & Blog Editor)

Alegna Adams, Conservation Intern

Alegna Adams

What is your position here? DNERR Conservation Intern under Charlie Bishop, Conservationist

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Senior at University of Delaware, Newark studying Wildlife Conservation

Where are you from? Newark, Delaware

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? I’m most excited about gaining hands-on experience and applying what I learn to my studies in school.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?  I once went to California on a school-sponsored business trip.

Jacob Filby, Communications and Policy Intern

Jacob Filby

 What is your position here? Communications and Policy Intern under Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator

 Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Senior at the University of Delaware, Newark pursuing Environmental Studies with a concentration in Public Advocacy with a minor in Journalism

 Where are you from? Buffalo, New York

 What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? Sitting in at local government meetings and learning how various processes work and then being able to write about all of it.

 What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I run a widely read training blog about collegiate rowing.

Elle Gilchrist, Research Intern

Elle Gilchrist

What is your position here? DNERR Environmental Science Research Intern, under Drexel Siok, Environmental Scientist and Christina Whiteman, Environmental Scientist and Stewardship Coordinator

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Senior at Unity College of Maine studying Marine Biology with a focus on Sustainability

Where are you from? Westport, Connecticut

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? I am super excited to work on the Horseshoe crab surveys! They are my favorite creatures and I can’t wait to work with them!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was previously a state park ranger in CT and I love a good cup of coffee!

Sydney Hall, Research Intern

Sydney Hall

What is your position here? DNERR Research Intern under Mike Mensinger, Environmental Scientist

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Junior at Wesley College, Dover studying Environmental Science

Where are you from? Smyrna, Delaware

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? Experiencing the wide variety of projects and getting in the field or in the lab. Being an intern here has provided me a way to channel myself into my work and to gain a strong perspective of what a future career in environmental science could be like.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Dan Hribar, Research Intern

Dan Hribar

What is your position here? NOAA Hollings Scholar, DNERR Research intern under Kari St. Laurent, Research Coordinator and Environmental Scientist

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Senior at The Ohio State University studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Restoration Ecology

Where are you from? Euclid, Ohio

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? I am most looking forward to building my network (and circle of friends) and becoming more versed in the practice of the scientific method. This is my first extended stay on the East Coast and getting to experience a new region of the country is exciting and worthwhile. Those who know me best are well aware of my outspoken passion for all things biological and environmentally-related, and I intend to pursue an advanced degree in a corresponding field upon graduating from OSU next spring.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? One thing some people may be surprised to learn about me—given my sometimes quiet demeanor—is that I genuinely love getting to know new people and learning about their interests and passions!

Anna Kjellson, Education Intern

 Anna Kjellson

What is your position here? DNERR Environmental Education Intern, under Maggie Pletta, Education Coordinator and Johanna Hripto, Assistant Education Coordinator

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Sophomore at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts studying Chemistry and Secondary Education

Where are you from? Swedesboro, NJ

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? I’m excited about the opportunity to design and present original curriculum for formal and informal educators.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I spent five years learning to saber fence with an FIE world champion!

Bryce Stevenosky, Research Intern

Bryce Stevenosky

What is your position here? DENIN Research Intern through DNREC Policy Internship, DNERR Research Intern under Kari St. Laurent, Research Coordinator and Environmental Scientist

Where do you go to school, what year are you, and what do you study? Senior University of Delaware, Newark studying Geography with a Geological Science Minor

Where are you from? Magnolia, Delaware

What are you most excited about experiencing in your internship? I’m very excited to present on my research and hopefully stir more interest on blue carbon in our regional scientific community. I also look forward to garnering new research methods and data collection skills that will help me in the future.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I was raised in a home on the St. Jones River.


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