Past Internships

2018

Project Title and Summary (click link for full description) Location

Explore the connection between the condition of the habitat and condition of the fish assemblage on Biscayne’s reefs. Conduct underwater surveys to collect data and analyze relationships between coral reef health (e.g. diversity, presence of disease) and reef fish assemblage condition (e.g. diversity, size structure, abundance).

Biscayne National Park Homestead, FL

Develop a common sense scientific approach and specific metrics and methods for measuring and monitoring physical and biological aspects of in-water coastal adaptation projects in the Boston Harbor area. The project involves collaborating with university researchers, park managers, and environmental advocates who are engaged in coastal adaptation planning for the Boston Harbor & Islands.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Boston, MA

Develop a vulnerability matrix to assess the impacts of climate-change on cultural resources in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Work with park staff and management to develop comprehensive planning strategies to address flood, erosion, and other potential hazards and risks posed to the myriad historic and prehistoric sites in the park.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Hagerstown, Maryland

The Intern will complete an Archeological Strategic Management Plan for all archeological sites on Jamestown Island. The Intern will also develop communication talking points for staff to use on the park website, in briefings, visitor talks, and public speaking engagements on how the park is addressing climate change impacts on archeological sites on Jamestown Island.

Colonial National Historical Park Jamestown, Virginia

Create a report analyzing the effect of changing water levels on erosion severity along park shorelines using collected data. The report will be developed in collaboration with various members of the National Park Service community and their resources to gain a better understanding of the current situation and to assist in future planning.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument Colonial Beach, VA

Develop and implement photogrammetry methods for topographic change detection at archeological sites in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Glen Canyon). Data gathered from this work will be used to inform park management about the severity of erosional damage and threats to key archeological resources and to help acquire and prioritize funding for archeological preservation.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Page, AZ

The intern will implement a satellite data landscape monitoring program at Navajo National Monument for tracking climate induced landscape changes that are threatening archeological sites and natural resources in the monument’s remote canyons. The intern will be working with tools, methods and models created by a NASA-DEVELOP team in early 2018.

Navajo National Monument Shonto, AZ

Analyze National Park Service cultural landscapes for vulnerability to climate change impacts, including, flooding, erosion, and storm surge. This internship offers opportunities to develop and apply analytical and creative thinking skills in exploration of new approaches to a challenging real-world problem.

Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation National Park Service Northeast Regional Office Boston, MA

Develop a suite of ocean acidification (OA) outreach and education materials, including an interpretive script, briefing summaries that define OA, the impacts of OA, and on the OA science is happening in our national parks. Help us effectively communicate changes that our oceans face with the impacts of OA to the public and park management, with the end product being a web-based OA Action Toolkit.

Olympic National Park Port Angeles, WA

The project will help develop a network of microclimate stations collecting modern data and combine this with historic data to better understand the potential effects of changing environments of the record of cultural resources stretching back thousands of years. The project will involve working with cultural and natural resource staff of the NPS, college academics, and other professional researchers to develop a professional products and long-term monitoring strategy.

Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest, AZ

Analze data from citizen science projects on the relationship between growth and age structure of the saguaro cactus and its associated Sonoran Desert plant community, and co-write a scientific paper. Work with student interns and volunteers to fill in a major knowledge gap with saguaros and associated plants across the wide range of saguaro habitat in Saguaro National Park, suggest improvements to long- term citizen science projects at the park, and assist interpretive staff and social media interns in communicating recent scientific findings to the public.

Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ

Engage with urban communities in Los Angeles on how climate change relates to pressing community issues, like access to healthcare, sustainability, clean water, safe public spaces, and public transportation. Develop and facilitate programming that is replicable and relevant to community needs.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Los Angeles, CA

IMPACT OF HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA ON SOIL ELEVATION OF MANGROVE COMMUNITIES

Determine the fate of the mangrove world in South Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands National Parks by helping to clarify the trajectory of the soil elevation of mangrove communities after impacts from Hurricane Irma and Maria. As goes the trend in soil elevation, so goes mangrove recruitment which will dictate mangroves community recovery. Sample soil elevation, develop R code to perform analysis of soil elevation, and communicated these results graphically and in muliptle media platforms.

South Florida / Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Network Palmetto Bay, Florida

 

2017

Project Title and Summary (click link for full description) Location

What’s Blooming in the Cold Air Pool?

Expand your knowledge of climate change impacts in the mountains, focused on cold air pooling and how it influences plant phenology. Work with monument staff, citizen scientists and climatologists to develop climate change adaptation strategies based on this study to protect this ecologically rich area.

Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Changes in Roseate Spoonbill Colony Distribution

Create a time series of GIS layers showing changes in Roseate Spoonbill nesting colony distribution over time compared to sea levels in Florida Bay, and provide outreach on birds, birding, and climate change to park visitors and at community outreach events on weekends.

Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida

Climate Change Science Communication in the Northeast

Lead a multi-park effort to share the science of coastal national parks through digital media. Work with park staff and scientists to communicate post-Hurricane Sandy research and monitoring outcomes to help staff and visitors better understand the impacts of climate change on coastal national parks.

Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, New York

Identification, Inventory, and Characterization of Vernal Pools to Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change

Identify vernal pools in the Great Lakes region and assess their vulnerability to climate change.  Research assessment methods, conduct field work, and compile and integrate data from various sources.

Great Lakes Research and Education Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter, Indiana

Climate change Impacts at Navajo National Monument: Preserving Cliff Dwellings in the Face of Arroyo Incising and Expansion

Characterize the current state of incising affecting monument archeological sites to aid resource management decision making. Collaborate with NPS staff and partners to identify causes of down-cutting in canyons impacting some of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in the Southwest US and assist in the development of possible erosion control treatments.

Navajo National Monument, Shonto, Arizona

Establishing Long-Term Monitoring Project for Pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit and observe locations of American pika habitat in Rocky Mountain National Park to determine occupancy and characteristics of habitat sites. Create volunteer guidance documents to provide for continued surveillance by volunteers in future years.

Washington Office, Natural Resource Stewardship & Science, Biological Resources, Fort Collins, Colorado

Vanishing Ice. Understanding the Rate and Extent of Glacier Loss in the Olympic Mountains

Analyze aerial images and LiDAR returns of the Olympic Mountains to determine recent changes in the size and thickness of glaciers in Olympic National Park. Combine this data with mass balance measurements to correlate annual climate and glacier contributions to downstream aquatic ecosystems.

Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington

Establishing Climate Change Monitoring on Cultural landscapes and Historic Structures

Develop a system to measure climate change threats to the preservation of America’s early history and engage citizen scientists to monitor changes to our most fragile historic landscapes.

Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, Salem & Saugus, Massachusetts

Develop Models for Community-Based Dialogues about Climate Change in Los Angeles

Engage with community partners and residents of Los Angeles on the effects of a changing climate in their own backyards as well as their closest national park. Foster relationships and enable future park visitors to understand the implications of a changing climate to our national parks and to our neighborhoods.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks, California

Reef Temperature Wrangler for South Florida National Parks

Analyze, interpret and report on a large data set of water temperature collected at resource depth over the recent past (~20yrs). Using Access and R program languages correlate temperature reading between sites, fill data gaps, and report on trends at both a local and regional level.

South Florida Caribbean Network, Miami, Florida

Shenandoah Salamander: Climate Change Casualty or Survivor? Teacher Workshop

Produce a new curriculum-based lesson on climate change for the “Exploring Earth Science in Shenandoah National Park” curriculum guide and plan and implement a two-day instructional workshop for 25 middle and high school earth science educators.

Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia

2016

Project Title Location

Changing Climate, Changing Policy: Subsistence Use and Wilderness Values in Arctic Alaska

Examine the interface of wilderness management and traditional lifeways of the Arctic.  Results will inform park management on policy matters regarding current and potential effects of climate change and their impacts on resident zone communities.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks, AK

Climate Change Interpretation through Citizen Science

Collect phenological data and establish method for conducting citizen science interpretive programs. Research and deliver interpretive programs on climate change and create training materials for North Rim seasonal staff.

Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, AZ

Monitoring Soil Moisture and Fuel Loads in the Recharge Zone for Climate Change Effects

The intern will monitor soil moisture and inventory fuel loads in the recharge zone of the thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park to evaluate climate change effects on the infiltration rates and flow paths of the park’s principal resource – water.

Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, AR

Assess Climate Change Vulnerability of Archaeological Resources to Plan for Resilience and Outreach

Working closely with park leaders, natural and cultural resource managers, interpreters, and the Environmental Management System (EMS) team, this internship will synthesize information about the processes of climate change that threaten archaeological resources. Results will enable the development of outreach materials and recommendations for inventory, mitigation, and monitoring.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK

Establishing Fisheries Baselines for a Changing Arctic

Establish a biological baseline for Arctic fishes using archaeological collections.  This study will provide resource managers and landowners in northwest Alaska a much-needed comparison for present-day fish populations experiencing the effects of climate change.

Kobuk Valley National Park, Fairbanks, AK

Climate Change Interpretation through Centennial Partnership with the American Solar Challenge

Coordinate education and outreach around the American Solar Challenge Centennial Road Rally July 30-August 6, 2016.  Collaborate with nine different National Park Service units, the regional office planning team, the Innovators Educational Foundation, university solar car teams, and the media.

Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE

Develop 4th Grade Climate Change Curriculum in Concert with Climate Change Study

Work closely the leaders of Samoa villages and research scientists from the US Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) to conduct collaborative research and resource management projects to determine the impacts of weed species removal by NPSA. Results will help park staff to design and produce community-based school curriculum to promote the conservation of our indigenous biodiversity.

National Park of American Samoa, Pago Pago, AS

Planning for Adaptation and Resilience of National Park Service Coastal Assets

Help guide the NPS planning program to utilize available climate change vulnerability data and emerging adaptation best practice to support planning and decision making in coastal parks. Be at the forefront of the field of coastal climate change adaptation planning for parks and protected areas and help inform planning for parks nationwide.

National Park Service Washington Office, Washington DC

Interpreting Climate Change in Coal Dependent Communities

Develop a strategy to communicate climate change messages to 5th – 12th grade students within communities surrounding the New River Gorge area, a region traditionally dependent upon the coal industry as a source of jobs. The strategy will be developed using the resources of National Park Service Interpretive and Resource Management staff, college academics, and secondary educators and will be conveyed via social media, existing park education programs, and new curriculum-based programs targeting high school students.

New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, WV

Integrating Future Hydrologic Models into Transportation Management

Work with an interdisciplinary team of natural resource specialists, roads and trails foremen, and data managers to integrate projections of climate-based, future streamflows into park transportation planning and management. Field test and revise the products of an applied hydrologic research project and train park personnel in their use to ensure adaptive management of transportation systems.

North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley, WA

Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Rare and Endemic Alpine Plants

Delve deeply into the biology and ecology of Olympic National Park’s rarest alpine plants and use the information to help determine their vulnerability to climate change. Results will support the efforts of Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades national parks to anticipate climate change impacts to alpine plant populations and prioritize conservation actions.

Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA

Ecotonal Monitoring of the Marching Mangrove Front

Work closely with the South Florida / Caribbean  Inventory and Monitoring Network  to test procedures for digitizing the present location of the mangrove to freshwater marsh ecotone in Everglades National Park, assist with ground-truthing the digitized lines, and develop QA/QC procedures to estimate the accuracy of the digitized lines. The results will provide a baseline to assess the effects of sea level rise on the expansion of mangroves into freshwater marshes.

South Florida/Caribbean Network, Homestead, FL

 

2015

Project Title Location
Develop Coastal Vulnerability Information in Order to Improve Resilience to Climate Change Impacts Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: Boston, MA
Creating a Web-Based Template for Climate Outreach Congaree National Park: Hopkins, SC
Assessing Interannual Snowfall and its Impacts on Vegetation Phenology and Forest Health Using Remote Sensing Crater Lake National Park: Crater Lake, OR
Frozen in Time: Snow Patch Modeling and Human Prehistory in the Central Brooks Range, Alaska Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
The Rehabilitation of a Historic Structure as a Model for Resilient Design Gateway National Recreation Area: Staten Island, NY
Analyzing Precipitation, Spring Flow Variation, and Fuel Loads due to Climate Change in Hot Springs National Park Hot Springs National Park: Hot Springs, AR
Valuation of National Park Service Landscapes for Climate Change Sensitivity and Adaptation Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Porter, IN
Characterizing Ocean Acidification and Vulnerability Risk to Marine Organisms Olympic National Park: Port Angeles, WA
Climate Change Action Toolkit Development Point Reyes National Seashore: Point Reyes Station, CA
Plant Community Shifts and Diversity Changes in Response to Soil Moisture Changes Saguaro National Park: Tucson, AZ
Mapping Climate Change Effects on Archeology Sites with ASMIS Legacy Data WASO CR Archeology Program: Washington, DC
Yellowstone Climate Change Impacts Archaeological Project Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs, WY

 

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