Interns Spring 2019

Rhiannon McGlone

Lock Haven University

 

Rhiannon McGlone

Hey everyone! I come from Stewartstown, a small town in York, Pennsylvania, roughly ten minutes from the Maryland line. Growing up I played club softball and, in high school, took part in musical productions. I recently graduated with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in environmental-ecology and a minor in geography from Lock Haven University. My sophomore year of college I had the opportunity to travel to Cuyutlan, Colima, Mexico and work at La Tortugario for a week. I think, like most people, Finding Nemo’s Crush really began my love for sea turtles, so to be able to take part in husbandry of Olive Ridley’s and the release of young turtles was a dream come true. I also worked with alligators and iguanas at La Tortugario and have a great amount of experience with salamanders—which have been the focus of my undergraduate (and soon-to-be graduate) research. I have always had a passion for conservation and have been open to working with any animal species, but in my heart of hearts, I believe I’m sold on reptiles. My junior year I studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland, eating haggis (it’s not that bad I promise!), listening to bagpipes, and traversing the highlands. I’ve been to a couple additional places outside of the United States but am itching to travel more. My dream job would be to work as a conservation biologist and still be able to see new places—whether it be with New Zealand’s tuatara populations or any sea turtle population. I can’t wait to get started at Sea Turtle, Inc!



Rachel LeCates

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Rachel LeCates

My name is Rachel LeCates and I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I moved to York, Pennsylvania when I was eight years old. My love for science and the environment started at an early age. I graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I spent one of those semesters in the Galapagos Islands. This experience cemented my passion for conservation and transformed my perspective on the relationship between humans and their environment. I hope to continue to explore new places and inspire others to protect our oceans.


Paulina Adame

New Mexico State University

 

Paulina Adame

Growing up in a farm fostered my love for animals, but it wasn’t until I got to experience being around marine life that my love for these creatures began. I am from a small town on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, and I graduated with a B.S. in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University. My junior year I did a semester abroad in Costa Rica. During this time as part of each course, we had to go on multiple excursions which not only allowed me to gain hands-on experience working with sea turtles, rays and shark fins but also fall in love with these majestic creatures. Summer 2017, I went back to CR and volunteered with Equipo Tora Carey. Throughout my time there I learned to identify sea turtle tracks, nests, and species. I gained a wide variety of experience and skills in measuring, tagging and sampling nesting sea turtles. During an overnight beach patrol, I was fortunate enough to experience first-hand the hatching of an Olive Ridley nest. The following night with the help of other volunteers and a Sea Shepherd Crew we released 72 hatchlings. Words can’t describe how excited I am to be a part of Sea Turtle Inc. and work with sea turtles again!

 


Jennifer Peasnall

University of Delaware

Jennifer Peasnall

Hi! My name is Jennifer Peasnall. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and two minors in Marine Studies and Journalism. From a young age, I knew I wanted to work in the marine field. During my junior year of college, I had my first encounter with a nesting sea turtle on a study abroad trip to Central America. On this trip, I also had the opportunity to learn about (and snorkel!) marine protected areas in both Panama and Costa Rica. After graduating, I had the incredible opportunity to intern at the MERR Institute, a marine animal research, rehabilitation, and education center in Delaware. During this internship, I helped relocate and monitor a Loggerhead sea turtle nest. After the job was up, I knew I was completely hooked! I am so excited to be working with sea turtles again and look forward to exploring the Rio Grande ecosystem in my kayak!


Eli Yager

California State University Chico

Eli Yager

My first truly memorable encounter with a turtle happened in the summer of 2014 when I was working in Indiana. I was performing some general site maintenance and happened across a turtle sitting in the middle of the roadway. With all the best of intentions I decided to move it to the side of the thoroughfare, and out of the way of any traffic that might pass through. However, when I moved to pick it up, it urinated all over my shirt and moved with surprising haste into the brush of its own accord. Nineteen years before this incident, I was born in Great Falls, Montana, where I lived for all of one year before being ferried off to Nebraska, and finally to Eugene, Oregon. Growing up in Eugene, I gained a great appreciation for the natural world, hiking along the ridgeline trails, riversides, and buttes. I carried this interest in nature with me when I moved to California and began college at CSU Chico. Throughout my college career, I continued to explore the natural world, working and volunteering with state and federal parks alongside various conservation nonprofits. Now a graduate, I aim to continue this work and do my best to help preserve the world around us and educate others as to its beauty.


Emma Pontius

University of Maine

Emma Pontius

Hello Everyone! My name is Emma Pontius and I am originally from Portland, Maine. Growing up on the coast of Maine I have always been drawn to the ocean. Playing in the tidal pools along the rocky coast and spending days at the shore, I developed a deep connection with the ocean and a curiosity for sea life. I continued to follow my passion by graduating with a degree in Marine Science from the University of Maine. During my four years I was a member of the women’s varsity swim team and had the honor of being captain my senior year. After graduating I spent several months volunteering with The Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project based in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I developed a new passion while working with sea turtles and knew I had to pursue opportunities to allow me to continue to work with them!


Alicia Mackewicz

Florida Institute of Technology

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Hi readers, my name is Alicia! I am a small town girl from CT with a passion for helping animals and a love of the ocean. I grew up having many pets ranging from cats and dogs to cows and goats and even a chameleon and geckos. My love of animals and the marine environment led me to get my B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. During my four years of college, I did a variety of things. I did two field courses to Puerto Rico and the Galapagos Islands that were the most amazing trips I have ever had. I did a month-long summer program in Clearwater, Florida tagging and DNA sampling sharks and rays and an internship with The Florida Aquarium in animal husbandry. In my spare time, I volunteered doing manatee rescue, transport and necropsy with Florida FWC, helped out at a local cat shelter, and volunteered at the Brevard Zoo where I also did behavioral observations on a young Jaguar. My latest adventure was with the New England Aquarium (NEAq) learning rehabilitation of cold stunned sea turtles from Cape Cod Bay. Of the 400 plus turtles received this past season, the most common species was the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, but NEAq also had a handful of green sea turtles, two leatherback sea turtles, and, toward the end of the season, loggerhead sea turtles. It was amazing to see how incredibly resilient sea turtles are and how much personality and individuality they have. After such an intense and exhilarating introduction to working with sea turtles, I am beyond excited to begin this internship at Sea Turtle Inc. to expand my knowledge of different aspects of sea turtle conservation and to help educate the public on the impact they can have. If you see me around, please feel free to come and talk to me! I’d love to hear your insights and stories or answer any of your questions!


Ashley Moreno

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Hello! My name is Ashley Moreno, I was born and raised for the most part in the Valley (Brownsville, TX) so it gives me great pleasure to be able to represent the valley. I graduated from UTRGV with a B.S in Marine Biology in 2017. I have had some amazing opportunities to gain a lot of different experiences in the science field. From 2012-2017 I worked in a lab where I assisted many graduate students with their projects, an internship at the Glady’s Porter Zoo Aquarium in 2016, another internship with Texas Parks and Wildlife - Coastal Division in the summer of 2017, and my latest employment this past year with Texas A&M University as a Field Technician that had nothing to do with marine life but with the conservation of bats. Now, for this summer, I will be honored to be a part of Sea Turtle Inc. as an intern. I have been a cashier at Sea Turtle Inc. for a while now, and I am excited to be spending the whole summer with such passionate and amazing group of people.