Interns 2018

Damarilys Marquez

University of Puerto Rico

 

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Hello everyone! My name is Damarilys and I am from Carolina, Puerto Rico. I graduated from University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus in June 2016 earning a degree in Coastal Marine Biology. A few months after graduation I moved to Virginia for an internship with Osa Conservation in Washington DC. Got to admit that I am deeply in love with the ocean an all of its beautiful creatures. In my free time I love to spend time with the people I love, going to the beach, watching Netflix, eating and why not sleeping. One of my biggest dreams is to dive with whales and travel the world, enjoying nature and it’s magic. My favorite sea turtle is the Hawskbill and although they’re not that common in South Padre, I am really excited to be an intern with Sea Turtle Inc. this nesting season and I hope to learn as much as I can.


Abby Crowder

Colorado State University

 

Abby_Intern1Hi everyone! My name is Abby and I am originally from Louisiana but grew up in Colorado. I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in May of 2017. While obtaining my degree, I traveled to Todos Santos, Mexico with a study abroad course where I was first exposed to sea turtles and later spent a summer in Belize where I rehabilitated manatees. These two experiences convinced me that I wanted to work in marine conservation. Living in the incredibly landlocked Colorado there isn’t an abundance of opportunities for marine conservation but I was lucky enough to snag a job as an acoustic analyst where I worked on a project that allowed me to spend all day listening to Humpback whale songs, shrimp snaps, and fish grunts! Once I graduated, I interned at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium where I rehabilitated Loggerhead and Atlantic Green sea turtles. It was at Mote that I fell in love and developed a real passion for sea turtles! I anticipate spending most of my free time on the beach but when I don’t have access, I typically work on my photography skills, read, make friends with dogs and watch scary movies! I am so excited to expand my knowledge and I can’t wait to get started at Sea Turtle Inc.!


Chris Gorman

University of California- Davis

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Hey everyone! My name is Chris Gorman and I’m from Novato, CA. I graduated with a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity from UC Davis. I’ve always had a passion for working with wild animals and knew from a young age that I would follow my dream to make it a career. Crocodiles have always been my favorite animal (Steve Irwin was my hero growing up), but I am a huge fan of every kind of animal out there! My favorite summer was 2016 when I worked at the Oakland Zoo as the commissary/night keeper intern. I worked with some truly amazing animals including baboons, elephants, tigers, tortoises, sun bears, and giraffes, as well as many other species. The past two fall seasons were spent working for Ducks Unlimited out in the Sacramento Valley helping study the effects of post-harvest treatments on the food supply for migrating waterfowl. In my spare time, I love adventuring to new places, playing various sports, spending Saturdays with the boys, and enjoying a beach lifestyle! Working for Sea Turtle Inc. is a dream come true and I can’t wait to have some amazing experiences on South Padre Island!

 


Courtney King

Central Michigan University

 

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Hi! My name is Courtney King. I grew up In Plymouth, Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Biology in May of 2017. During my time as an undergrad, I had the privilege of spending a summer living and studying in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica sparking my interest and passion for tropical conservation and ecology. After graduation, I worked as a research assistant for a sea turtle conservation project on the beautiful and remote Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica for five months. There, I walked the beaches by night in search of nesting moms, and by day, helped release their babies! This experience solidified my love for these amazing creatures and I cannot wait to make a life out of helping them out. When not working, I love to spend my time traveling, snowboarding, exploring, hiking, kayaking.. pretty much anything outdoors, or just relaxing with a good book. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me!


Chelsea Robinson

San Diego State University

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Hello, my name is Chelsea Robinson. I was born in northern California, but I grew up in a suburb north of Chicago. After high school, I moved back to California to pursue a BS in Environmental Sciences at San Diego State University. In college, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad for 2 semesters. My first semester abroad was spent in Costa Rica, where I fell in love with exploring wild places and learning about different cultures and ecosystems. I then travelled across the world to South Africa, which was a dream come true. I volunteered at a rehabilitation center for endangered African Penguins and other local marine birds, which was a very interesting experience and led me to find a passion for wildlife rehabilitation. Back in San Diego, I worked at a small aquarium where I learned the ins and outs of animal husbandry. After graduating in December 2016, I moved to Long Island in New York for an internship through the Student Conservation Association at Jones Beach State Park. I was primarily an environmental educator, but I also monitored horseshoe crabs and piping plovers during the summer months. I came to realize that I am interested in pursuing a career in marine conservation, and I was looking for an opportunity that was dynamic and combined all of my past experiences. Sea Turtle Inc was the perfect fit! I have always been fascinated with sea turtles, and after learning more about them, working with them, and snorkeling and diving with wild ones, I am very excited to have the opportunity to spend my summer protecting them!


Lauren Losito

Northern Illinois University

 

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Hello, my name is Lauren Losito! I graduated in May from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Biology. My favorite classes were Animal Behavioral Ecology and a Birds and Mammals course that allowed us to venture around nature preserves to see hawks, foxes, deer, and many more common to the region. During my time at NIU I participated in two internships. The first was in DeKalb Illinois and focused on agriculture, working specifically with corn plants in greenhouses and open fields. I was able to work in the lab helping with inoculates to spray on plants and collecting samples of infected plants. Later I participated in the Disney College Program in Orlando Florida. Here I worked in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and got to express my love for conservation daily. Teaching guests from around the world ways they could help reduce waste, recycle, or give back was incredible and led to them becoming Wilderness Explorers and Conservation Heroes! I have always loved sea turtles and dreamed of working with marine life. I enjoy scuba diving and was able to dive with green sea turtles and loggerhead sea turtles while in Florida. I’m excited to begin another adventure at Sea Turtle, Inc!


Alison Meeth (Eley)

Emporia State University

 

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Howdy! My name is Eley and I’m from good ol’ Wichita, Kansas. I graduated from Emporia State University last May with a B.S. in Biology concentrating in Ecology and Biodiversity along with a minor in Spanish. I will be attending graduate school for Marine Biology with a specific interest in conservation and the ecology of deep sea animals. And of course, sea turtles. Pursuing my passion for Marine Biology while growing up in the Midwest may seem impossible, but it only motivated me more. I founded and was President of the Marine Biology Club on my campus and created several opportunities for myself and others to gain valuable experiences in the field. I love to scuba dive and enjoy everything dealing with the water and the animals that inhabit it. In my free time you can find me running or seeking new adventures. I am truly looking forward to working with Sea Turtle Inc. this summer and all the beautiful turtles!


Javier Parra

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

 

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My name is Javier Parra and I was born and raised in Brownsville, a small town on the southern tip of Texas. I spend my free time doing things that help me relax. Things such as exercising, practicing yoga, or volunteering. I usually spend my weekends helping run a free community yoga class at our farmers' market and/or at a beach clean-up. I graduated in December 2017 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a B.S. in Biology. Throughout my undergrad, I learned a lot about the uniqueness of the area I call home. Knowledge is power, but only if it is applied. Armed with the knowledge acquired in the university classroom, I chose to apply it by helping organisms native to the area. I spent the last year of my undergrad working at a research lab whose focus was to help save the endangered Ocelot. We collected data on the use of wildlife crossings underneath various highways by mammals and their success rates. My goal is to continue working in wildlife conservation, and this opportunity is the next step in that direction.