The Golden Gate Bioblitz occurred for 24 hours from Friday, March 28th to Saturday, March 29th, and the following RMSSN alumni received funding from the National Park Service to participate:
I have a passion for biological sciences, environmental stewardship, sustainability, good quality food, getting my hands dirty and everything natural and wild. I graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder, in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in both Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am currently a Field Instructor at Cal-Wood Education Center and it’s perfect because I get to share my passions and work, my eight hour days, outside!
I was born in Virginia Beach and raised there for most of my life. Outside of school my childhood was spent going to the beach and playing soccer, rarely was any day spent inside. I continued to play soccer through high school and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to play at Hampden-Sydney College. I accepted the scholarship and attended Hampden-Sydney where I planned to be a biology major. After enrolling my interests quickly shifted (as they do at 18 and they still continue to shift) to economics. I graduated with a degree in Economics and Commerce but my interest in the biological and environmental sciences never waned. Upon graduation I moved to Washington, D.C to take a job with a large government consulting firm. I quickly realized this was not the career path I wanted to be on so I quit and took some time to re-evaluate. (in Europe) I decided to return to school for Environmental Science. I now attend Johns Hopkins University where I am completing coursework towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. My main area of focus is Geographic information science and its application to public health. I hope to pursue a career in public health research when I graduate in May 2013.
I’m Matt Ribarich, a senior majoring in EBIO (ecology) and Environmental Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the field season I study alpine plans above treeline in the Rocky Mountains, and am originally from the beautiful desert tablelands of Pueblo, Colorado. I am interested in human culture, natural history, music, and plants.
“Love what you find and find what you love.” I saw this quote from the bumper sticker of a car when I was living in Rochester, NY and it stuck with me ever since. I landed in the US from Kenya in 2008 to attend Goshen College where I studied Environmental Science and also played varsity soccer.
During my time here it has been a journey of loving what I find and finding what I love; I joined RMSSN after learning about it through an internship program with the Student Conservation Association. After graduating college on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2012; I know it’s kinda weird, I had the pleasure of joining The Nature Conservancy and worked for the Central-Western New York chapter in Rochester, NY. I recently moved to politics central; Washington, DC where I work for the Africa Program in communications, and government relations.
Through these roles I have experienced what conservation means in different contexts and I believe that this is what drives RMSSN, by bringing people from across the globe; not just the US, for one week to love what they find and find what they love.
I take pleasure in hiking, painting, playing football (soccer) and jamming to reggae music.
Kate grew up in Houston, Texas, where she first developed a love of nature and the outdoors amid the bustling city. As a Public Relations major at the University of Texas in Austin, Kate became interested in connecting people to the natural world. For this reason, she enrolled in UT’s Environmental Bridging Disciplines Program, which led her to work as a trail guide at Austin’s Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. After graduating with her B.S. in Public Relations, along with minors in Business and Environmental Studies, Kate became a Student Conservation Association Intern at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, where she participated in research and public outreach. After her SCA internship, she worked as a naturalist for an outdoor education school in New Hampshire. These experiences guided her to pursue a Master’s degree in Ecology at Colorado State University.
Kate received her M.S. in Ecology in Fall 2012. Her Master’s research focused on sandhill crane behavior in response to birdwatchers on a national wildlife refuge in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. In addition to her Master’s research, Kate worked with Great Sand Dunes National Park to interview local community members about their attitudes and perceptions toward the park’s wildlife management practices. She also partnered with fellow graduate student, Gloria Sumay, on a similar project Gloria was conducting in Tanzania. Kate and Gloria received CSU’s 2011 Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellowship, in which Kate assisted Gloria in conducting interviews with people living near a national park in Tanzania. Kate began the Ph.D. program in Ecology at CSU in Spring 2013, and hopes to pursue her research interest in social-ecological systems, specifically with regard to building human resilience and adaptation to climate change.
Yifan Zhang is currently a junior studying geochemistry at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island. An avid photographer and scuba diver, he is a member of the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition working toward policies change in dealing with climate change. Yifan also enjoys cooking in his free time.