Interns Fall 2018

Sharon Paterson

Texas A&M University Galveston

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Hello, my name is Sharon Paterson and I grew up in central Texas. I have a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University and an M.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston. My whole life I have enjoyed visiting the gulf coast. I believe my family vacations fostered my interest and love of marine organisms and habitats. While in school and during an internship at Davis Mountains State Park, I realized that educating the public is a necessity for conservation and is the calling I wanted to pursue. While at TAMUG, I took a course in Sea Turtle Biology and was able to attend a hatchling release at Padre Island National Seashore - it was so amazing to watch the hatchlings begin their journey. Even beyond nesting season, sea turtles need our help and I am excited to share that message at Sea Turtle Inc! If you see me around the facility, please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have!


Alexis Wrate

University of California, Los Angeles

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Although I moved around between states, I have spent most of my life in Sacramento, California. 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 working with different species of wildlife including birds, squirrels, and opossums. After graduation, I decided to pursue my passion of working in sea turtle conservation and 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 knew then that I wanted to continue working in husbandry and animal care. Last summer I interned here at Sea Turtle, Inc. getting a wide variety of experience and skills in husbandry, education, rehabilitation, and field work with nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. I fell even more in love with these incredible species, and one of my favorite parts of working with these animals is that every day I have the opportunity to learn something new and observe the individual personalities of each animal. After my first internship here at STI, I moved on to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island as an AmeriCorps member in the husbandry and rehabilitation department. Not only did I continue gaining more sea turtle experience there, but I was also able to work with diamondback terrapins, gopher tortoises, eastern box turtles, freshwater turtles, and even birds. I’m so excited to be back at here at Sea Turtle, Inc. once again to now focus my work on the husbandry and rehabilitation department this winter!


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! 2016 was an amazing summer 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 fall seasons of 2016 and 2017 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 at Sea Turtle, Inc. this summer was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to continue through the winter!

 


Jacob Flickinger

Texas A&M University at Galveston

 

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Howdy! Originally from Indiana, I graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston. After graduation, I spent the summer working in the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium. I went on to spend another great summer serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. While sea turtles were the primary patients, I’ve also worked with freshwater turtles, tortoises, diamondback terrapins, alligators, snakes, and even birds. This past summer I returned to South Carolina where I worked with SCDNR out at Botany Bay Plantation conducting daily sea turtle nest patrols to monitor and protect the Loggerhead nests on the beach. A definite highlight was the hatchlings and sending the stragglers off on their journey to the sea! I couldn’t be happier to be back in Texas where I can continue to work with these awesome animals at Sea Turtle, Inc.!


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