Emelia Aiken-Hafner is a sophomore at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. This summer Emelia will be assisting in running the Institute’s social media accounts and working on various projects to document the changes that occur when the coral is subject to changes.
Emily has one year left at UMass Amherst until she completes her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation. She has a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and her passion lies in studying and conserving the planet’s fauna. Emily has been fortunate to have had incredibly rewarding summer job experiences; working in Costa Rica last summer on a sea turtle conservation project, and this summer studying the habitat of threatened freshwater turtle species in western Massachusetts. During the school year she works as a dog walker and also directs an acappella group on campus. In addition to her degree, she is working towards a Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Emily has always been inspired by the traditional life ways of Indigenous cultures and hope to incorporate these ideas into her conservation practice. Emily is excited to be spending time with the PVCNSI this summer as an intern developing projects focused on Marine Biology, which will undoubtably be engaging, fun and conservation oriented!
Emma Zyskowski graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in Chemistry in May 2018. Emma’s senior thesis was titled an “Investigation of pollution history in XKS Mining area in China using dendrochronology and LA-ICP-MS.” She is also a tropical fishkeeping hobbyist with a passion for learning more about aquatic life.
Sophie Ackerman is an undergraduate student at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida studying Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She is helping to create a cost effective and meaningful curriculum for high schoolers of all backgrounds. Sophie hopes to educate the community through her work and aid in research to increase sustainability in marine reefs.
Annie Innes-Gold is a recent graduate of Vassar College, who majored in biology and minored in anthropology. She has been a part of aquatic and marine biology research projects, beginning two years ago when she spent a summer researching tree frog reproduction and development in Panama. She spent a semester in the Turks and Caicos studying coral reef ecology and shark biology, and worked at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences studying coral reef ecosystem function. She recently worked in a coral genetics lab at Vassar College, and completed her senior thesis on phenotypic plasticity in tadpoles. She plans to continue coral conservation research in graduate school.
Caitlyn is currently a senior at Proctor Academy. In 2017, Caitlyn worked as an intern at the Hampshire Veterinary Hospital, expanding her education on animal care and basic animal physiology. Caitlyn also studied with the Island School, where she lived on a sailboat for a month alongside 16 peers and researchers. They collected data on the endangered species; Queen Conch, Long-Spined Sea Urchin, Nassau Grouper, and the invasive species; Lionfish. Their research mainly took place in the oldest, yet unstudied, marine protected area in the world, the Exuma Land and Sea Park. She and her peers worked with the goal of finding evidence that marine protected areas work as part of a solution to stop the deterioration of our oceans, and to reduce the decline in population of endangered species. Now, Caitlyn is excited to learn as much as she can through her hands-on assistance at PVCNSI, and hopes to apply her growing knowledge to an impactful and potentially ocean-saving career. She intends to continue studying biology and business management in college.