Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Associate placed at,
U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office
Mentor Biography for GEM-SET Program:
I am currently on assignment at the Great Lakes National Program Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) through a program with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Most of the projects I work on are related to environmental monitoring and reporting, and I am continuously exposed to new and exciting opportunities to learn and broaden my professional experiences. I am involved in the organization and implementation of the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences, the preparation of Great Lakes indicator reports, and have conducted field sampling and lab analysis on Great Lakes water quality aboard an EPA research vessel. Working here also enables me to partake in many other exciting projects relating to habitat restoration, invasive species and education and outreach activities.
In 2002, I spent the summer interning in the Conservation and Science Department of the Lincoln Park Zoo. I then attended a study abroad program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where I was able to pursue my interest in marine science and aquatic ecology. After I graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a B.A. in Biology, I spent some time doing field work for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in San Diego, California.
I returned to the Great Lakes and my home-town of Chicago, IL in 2006, and have since enjoyed applying the skills I acquired throughout my experiences in an effort to protect and restore this important ecosystem.