Over the summer, I worked for the Connecticut Audubon Society as an Aquatic Ecology intern. This involved both conducting research in the lower Connecticut River, analyzing how the distribution and abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation has changed over time, as well as assisting the organization with environmental education and outreach programs for both the local community and their youth. Through this experience, I was able to complete field work directly related to informing how coastal ecosystems must be preserved in the midst of climate change. I was also able to gain a greater understanding of how local organizations can influence political decisions, and how research and education, even on a smaller scale, play a significant role in shaping management practices.
Hilgendorff, Bridget Ann, "Aquatic Ecology Internship Reflection" (2021). Internship Reflection Papers. 2170.
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