Interns 2017

Alexis Wrate

University of California

 

My name is Alexis Wrate and I am from Sacramento, California. I graduated last June from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biology. Some of my favorite things include traveling to new places, music, pizza, and anything with animals. My love for animals led me to take some courses in animal behavior, marine biology, and conservation biology, which helped me realize that I have a passion for conservation. My senior year I volunteered at the California Wildlife Center and got to experience what it is like to work in animal care and animal rehabilitation. After graduation, I interned for the sea turtle care and training department at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Working with sea turtles was a dream come true, and I fell even more in love with those incredible species. I loved getting to know their different personalities, and I can’t wait to get to know all of the turtles at Sea Turtle Inc!


Laura St. Andrews

St. Lawrence University

 

Hello! My name is Laura St. Andrews and I am from Queensbury, New York. I studied Environmental Science and Policy at St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2014. My academic pursuits involved research and field experience connecting anthropogenic oceanic change, endangered species conservation and policy. At St. Lawrence University, I completed an independent research project studying the effects of rising sea levels and storm surges on native Alaskan communities. After school, I worked with Earthwatch Institute in Boston. With Earthwatch I worked to promote citizen science by developing and coordinating student and corporate field research engagement programs and working with scientists in the field. This sparked and strengthened my interest in environmental education and inspired me to get involved more closely with field research. This led me to work with The Leatherback Trust in Playa Grande, Costa Rica as a Field Biologist. In Playa Grande, I worked with the critically endangered Eastern Pacific Leatherback sea turtle and Olive Ridley and Black sea turtles to monitor and collect data on the nesting females. Learning about the destructive effects of human activity on these species and about their biology motivated me to become more involved in sea turtle rehabilitation and recovery. Now I am excited to be diving into this work to better understand sea turtle biology, rehabilitation needs and work needed to better protect them on South Padre Island! Outside of sea turtle work, you will find me at, in or around the ocean. I am an avid swimmer and runner and love to do yoga. In my free time, I’ll likely be at the beach, going for a walk, exploring or relaxing with a good book.


David Rosenbaum

Baylor University

 

I'm from Waco, TX and graduated from Baylor University last May with a B.S. in Environmental Science. The summer after I graduated, I assisted in a habitat restoration project on the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas. Additionally, I previously interned with a nonprofit conservation organization in the Amazon Basin of Peru, where I experienced conservation work directly by mist-netting and cataloging data on understory birds.

I love hiking, camping, birding, and more generally traveling and experiencing new environments, wildlife, and cultures. A large chunk of my free time is spent painting; my favored medium is acrylics and all of my works are nature-themed. I also play the bass-guitar. Other activities I enjoy are reading nonfiction and learning about new ecological concepts, seeing live music, and anything that keeps me active.

 


Misty Porte

Coastal Carolina University

 

Hi!! My name is Misty and I am from LaCrosse, Wisconsin which is a beautiful city located right on the Mississippi River. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University located in Conway, South Carolina in May 2016 with a degree in environmental sustainability. I am currently pursuing a master's in Public Health degree from the University of New England. I love to travel and try new things and I am always barefoot unless shoes are required. In my free time I like to explore new hiking trails and go Kayaking on the Mississippi River. I have had the opportunity to work with sea turtles in the past and I'm very excited to see what fun and new experiences I have this summer working with Sea Turtle Inc.


Jennifer Moskel

New York University

 

Hi there! My name is Jenn. I was born in south Jersey but grew up in North Carolina. I graduated from New York University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Since graduating, I've worked an array of environmental jobs: I managed volunteers striving to protect salmon habitat in Alaska, rehabilitated endangered monkeys and manatees in Belize, guided visitors through the longest cave in the world in Kentucky, and removed invasive species from the Southwestern wilderness. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, and exploring our nation's public lands. I will be starting my Masters in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University this fall and am stoked to expand my marine knowledge with Sea Turtle Inc!


Samantha Fontaine

State University of New York at Oneonta

 

Hi there! My name is Sam and I’m originally from Rhode Island. I graduated in May, 2016 from the State University of New York at Oneonta where I majored in biology with a concentration in ecology and field biology. I am planning to attend graduate school this fall studying conservation biology. I am specifically interested in the protection and wildlife health of endangered amphibians and reptiles. I’ve assisted in the research and conservation effort of a number of species. Some of my favorites have been the Wyoming toad and Eastern box turtle. Growing up by the beach, I have always loved the ocean. Working with marine life, especially sea turtles, has long been a dream. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, doing yoga, and baking. I am also passionate about traveling and my current goal is to make it to all 50 states. I am beyond excited to be interning with Sea Turtle, Inc. this summer!


Micah Ashford

Oregon State University

 

Hello everyone! My name is Micah and although originally from Oregon, I have spent the majority of the last 6 years overseas in both Japan and South Korea while working as an elementary school teacher and actor. After deciding to make a career change, I now study Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University through their distance education program. It has always been a dream of mine to work with wildlife, especially marine wildlife. I’m so excited to be a member of the Sea Turtle, Inc. team this spring and summer. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor sports, running, cycling, body boarding, yoga, and pretty much anything else to keep me active. I have a particular passion for scuba diving as well as underwater photography. I hope to get into the water and do some diving at least a few times this summer.


Alexandra Alterman

University of Maine

 

I often feel like a sea turtle on a long journey, here's the abbreviated version. I grew up in northern New Jersey, but I have been living in southern Maine for the past three years. I started off at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, where I got my Associates Degree in Biology. After that, I attended the University of Maine, where I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Zoology last December. During my last semester there, I was able to intern with NOAA and the university as a student research assistant. I assisted with a project studying the population size of the Diadromous fish species in the Gulf of Maine. This was done by sampling the stomachs of Gulf of Maine predatory fish, mmm fish guts. After viewing the contents of fish stomachs, I know for sure, it's a fish eat fish world out there..but it has been my dream to work with sea turtles since I was a child. I will always remember when I snorkeled with them in Barbados. Last summer I was finally able to make this dream a reality when I interned with the Bald Head Island Conservancy as a sea turtle intern. It was truly a life changing experience, and it confirmed that working with sea turtles is exactly what I want to do with my life. Both of my internship experiences combined are the reason I have a passion for marine research and conservation as a whole. During my free time, if I'm not spying on my cat with a trail cam, I enjoy cooking, outdoor activities, anything related to "The Walking Dead", and watching nature documentaries on Netflix! I am so excited I get to continue following my dream by interning for Sea Turtle, Inc.! Kowabunga dudes!