The National Park Service (NPS)
Anna “Nell” Smith
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Vegetation Management Intern, Grand Canyon National Park
Nell currently serves as a Vegetation Management Intern at Grand Canyon National Park. This position has allowed Nell to perform substantial work in habitat restoration, native plant propagation, and invasive species removal throughout the canyon. Nell graduated from Prescott College where she was a double major and earned a BA in both Environmental Studies (with an emphasis in Conservation Biology) as well as in Arts and Letters. Throughout college, she focused on developing the skills to effectively communicate science to a broad audience. Through a strong foundation in ecology, natural history writing, and environmental education, her overarching goal is to share her fascination with the natural world while engaging and informing those within and outside the scientific community. When not working or studying in the Southwest, Nell has spent her time working on tall ships dedicated to experiential education. Sailing throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Canadian Maritimes, Caribbean, and Central America instilled in her a deep love and respect for marine ecosystems and coastal communities. As a native of Maine, Nell hopes to eventually apply her experience in and knowledge of Conservation Biology to marine work in the Gulf of Maine, the place she still calls home.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Biological Technician Intern, Capitol Reef National Park
Stephanie is currently working as a Botany Intern, performing field research on two endangered species of plants at Capitol Reef National Park. This position includes a lot of hiking within the park’s deserts to get to the tracking locations, where she collects data to determine overall health of the populations and if it is possible that new populations could be found nearby. Stephanie earned her BS in Biology (Environmental and Organismal emphasis) from the University of Utah. Previously she interned with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where she helped to write a five-year review of an endangered species through fieldwork, file management, data tracking and entry. For fun Stephanie enjoys hiking, traveling, rock climbing, bouldering, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS BioCorps Wildlife Management Intern, Everglades National Park
Emma graduated from the University of Rhode Island last December with a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. In the spring of her junior year, she studied abroad at the School for Field Studies in Tanzania and Kenya, where she gained experience in wildlife management through field-based coursework. Emma loves all wildlife, but after working for several years at the Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey, she became especially passionate about herpetology (a branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians and reptiles), which she intends to study in Graduate School. In the next few years, before going back to school, Emma hopes to gain a variety of experience in this field. This quest to gain experience is what brings her to ACE and Everglades National Park, where Emma is currently a BioCorps Wildlife Management Intern. Here, she is working on two major projects: marine turtle nesting research and invasive reptile research and removal (mainly Tupinambis “Tegu” lizards). In her free time, Emma enjoys birding, photography, hiking, playing softball, laughing, music, and spending time with family and friends.
ACE NPS Education Intern, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & Curecanti National Recreation Area
Chris graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Mount Mercy University. While in college, he volunteered with his local nature center and created a Google Earth presentation of Isle Royale National Park as his senior project. After college, he worked as an intern with a watershed management authority creating their website and public outreach materials. Chris currently works as an ACE Education Intern at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area, where he is presenting engaging science, nature, and park programs to children in the area schools; leading them on field trips through the Black Canyon; and assisting in developing new programs and field trips for the coming years. He enjoys swimming, hiking, backpacking, fishing, cross country skiing, playing instruments, drawing, and learning as much as he can about the places he visits.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Natural Resource Management Crew Leader, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Zach graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Geography and an English minor. While in college, he interned with the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water where he inspected wetlands and streams that were created or restored through Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and followed up on water quality permits. After college, he went on to volunteer as an AmeriCorps member with the Washington Conservation Corps for a year, working with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore salmon habitats on the Olympic Peninsula.
After his term with the WCC, he returned to Ohio and worked on an organic dairy farm until being hired by ACE to work at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. At Cumberland Gap, he spends most of his time removing invasive/exotic species, and will spend the summer and fall months camping in the back country areas of the park, leading a crew who will be treating Eastern Hemlock trees to remove the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect that lives on hemlocks and kills the trees within a few years of infection. He also works with the Resource Management division to monitor several bird and bat species in the park, performs amphibian egg mass surveys, monitors the numerous caves in the park, and works with the park’s American Ginseng marking program to prevent its poaching. Outside of work, he enjoys backpacking, traveling, cooking, and taking it easy.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Interpretation and Education Intern, Lava Beds National Monument
Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2013. She loves drawing parallels between history, architecture, and the natural world and jumped at the chance to do all three through an Interpretation Internship with Lava Beds National Monument. There, she helps acquaint visitors with the park’s environment, keeps track of statistical data within the Interpretation office, gives input on design decisions for exhibits and waysides, and works on educational programs. Formerly an ACE volunteer, Mary feels right at home protecting and preserving natural and cultural resources with Lava Beds, and is particularly interested in exploring how interpretation can help the public build a respect and passion for America’s lands and layered histories. She uses her free time to travel, read, draw, watch movies, and cave!
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Education and Outreach Intern, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove)
Simon received his B.S. in Biology from Brandeis University in 2010 and earned his M.S. in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University in 2013. His work focused on measuring the genetic and morphological diversity of Phytophthora cinnamomi, an important plant pathogen. Simon’s career has taken him all over the country. He received two NSF grants to conduct research at both The California Academy of Sciences and University of Colorado in Boulder. Simon enjoys applying what has learned in his capacity as a naturalist and outdoor educator. After finishing graduate school, he worked at Echo Hill Outdoor School, where he taught about the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding wetland ecosystems.
Currently, Simon serves as an Education and Outreach Intern at Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He interacts with visitors to thoughtfully explore the park’s resources and create a valuable educational experience. He has had a special place in his heart for the park ever since he first saw the synchronous fireflies near Elkmont in 2011. He has returned many times, and is very happy to be working in the beautiful valley of Cades Cove. He strongly believes in the value of protected areas as irreplaceable natural resources and as places that enrich our lives. Simon spends his free time hiking, cooking, and thinking up new and exciting ways to teach science and pass on his appreciation for the natural world. He hopes to continue working as a conservationist and educator in the future.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Interpretation and Media Intern, Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Larisa hails from the Northeast and has been working for various park systems in Colorado and California since her move out West. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and graduate degree in Public Administration with a nonprofit focus at Clark University (Worcester, MA) in 2009. Over the past two years she has been working on oral history and research projects focused on World War II incarceration and military history. Recently, she developed Angel Island State Park’s oral history program focusing on World War II and Cold War military history. She was drawn to the Interpretive Internship position at Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument due to her interest in the former Tule Lake Segregation Center. In her free time she enjoys digging into historic records at National Archives, volunteering, visiting parks, reading, and hiking. Her future goals are to continue working in oral history and developing research programs for various parks.
ACE NPS Education & Interpretation Intern, Lava Beds National Monument
Nico graduated with Bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Geology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, May 2013. As a student, he worked with student affairs and student development as an RA and Orientation Leader. Nico is most enthusiastic about organisms, their role in an ecological community and the idea that everything is connected. He believes that we each have a role that allows for communities, organizations, and nations to run effectively. Like humans, each organism is unique and has a purpose. Nico hopes to study the purpose of organisms and share his findings with the public. After serving with the Peace Corps, his dream is to be a professor and create a motivational program that engages people with the natural world. During college he went to the El Zota Biological Station in Costa Rica to work with and learn about tropical ecosystems, and also took courses at the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, VA. There, he worked on boats and learned about marine wildlife by seine fishing and trawling.
Currently, Nico is serving as an interpreter at Lava Beds National Monument. There he researches, creates, and conducts interpretive tours through various lava tube caves and interpretive talks about local birds, bats (with a focus on White-nose Syndrome), and other wildlife. He also has created interpretive displays, such as site bulletins, waysides, and other types of hard media. During the winter he works to provide educational programs for incoming school groups about the natural and cultural resources in the monument. In his free time, Nico enjoys birding, hiking, swimming, community service, motivational speaking, photography, scuba diving, sky diving, and reading.
ACE NPS Inventory & Monitoring Intern, Appalachian Highlands
Evan graduated from Haverford College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology. As an undergrad he studied plant ecology and computer modeling. He is interested in botany, land management, and geographic information systems. For two years Evan worked as the Preserve Management & Stewardship Assistant in The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge office. There he worked on adaptive management of invasive species, monitoring threatened & endangered plant populations, prescribed fire implementation & monitoring, restoration of rare Southern Appalachian wetlands, and various other aspects of preserve management. He also spent several months creating management plans for the roughly 8,500 acres that The Nature Conservancy manages in Western North Carolina. Evan is currently serving as an ACE EPIC intern with the National Park Service’s Appalachian Highlands Inventory & Monitoring Network, where he monitors rare & exploited plants, rare fish & freshwater mussels, globally imperiled natural communities, and other “vital signs” at three parks in the Southern Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. Evan’s interests include riding and fixing bicycles, making maps, hiking, reading, and plant photography.
ACE NPS Natural Resource Management Leader, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Adam graduated from Prescott College in 2011 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. During college he studied plant ecology, agricultural ecology, conservation, and took field courses in Arizona, Colorado, and Sonora, Mexico. His interests include invasive species ecology and control and rare plant conservation. He hopes to continue to work to conserve, protect, and restore the ecosystems of the Eastern United States. Adam has worked for the Grand Canyon Trust in Northern Arizona as a field botanist and the Assateague Island National Seashore as a Biological Technician, focusing on invasive plant control and monitoring native and exotic deer populations and impacts. Currently, Adam is an ACE intern with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, as a Natural Resource Management Leader, where he leads backcountry trips to treat invasive Hemlock Wooly Adelgid that kills Hemlock trees. He conducts invasive plant control and water quality sampling, marks ginseng to prevent poaching, and occasionally monitors wildlife. In his free time, Adam likes to garden, bike, and play guitar.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Pinnacles National Park Condor Program Intern
Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in zoology and a minor in math and science education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is passionate about conservation and the environment as well as animals (particularly endangered species). She found out about this internship after she graduated and it sounded like the perfect chance to simultaneously do something she loves and gain field experience before attending graduate school for wildlife or conservation biology. As a part of the Condor Program at Pinnacles National Park, Danielle spends the majority of her time hiking to high places and tracking condors using radio telemetry as well as observing behaviors and feeding events. She also educates people on the trails about the condors, the Condor Program, and anything else they may have questions about. In addition to this, she occasionally participates in Search and Rescue trainings to work toward becoming a certified Search and Rescue technician. She also helps with grant research and writing and sometimes works with the vegetation crew on invasives. Danielle enjoys reading, photography, and watching movies in her free time.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Environmental Education Intern, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Eric graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. He is keenly interested in ecosystem functions and relationships, especially related to the roles of plants and has always been quick to jump on any opportunity to learn more in these areas. He governs his life according to a philosophy that any knowledge garnered about the natural world is used in vain if he hasn’t made the greatest possible effort to pass it on to others. Following this ideology, Eric has pursued numerous career ambitions in environmental education and hopes to eventually work for the National Park Service in an educational role. Eric serves as the ACE Environmental Education Intern with National Park Service at Great Smoky National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. In this position, Eric works with the Parks as Classrooms (PAC) program which brings local schoolchildren into the park which serves as their 800 square mile outdoor classroom for the day. With unrivaled diversity in plants, salamanders, and many other resource treasures, the park provides an exceptional location for place-based science learning. Prior to joining ACE, Eric has served as AmeriCorps Field Education Intern for the Teton Science School in Grand Tetons National Park, as well as Reforestation Intern for the OSMRE and Student Programming Manager for the University of Kentucky’s Office of Sustainability. When Eric is not connecting youth to nature, he enjoys traveling, photography, and backpacking and has traveled to most of the 401 NPS units in 49 states!
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Media and Education Intern, Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Kenneth graduated from St. Mary’s college of Maryland with a degree in History and minors in French and Museum Studies. His particular interests lie in the field of museum studies and exhibit creation, specifically how the understanding of recent historiographical practices can be used in museums to appeal to a diverse visitor group. He is also very interested in Swedish history, particularly the connections between Sweden and France that developed at the turn of the 19th century. Kenneth is currently serving as the ACE Media and Education AmeriCorps intern at the Tule Lake Unit, creating scripts, leading tours, and developing forms of media to help educate about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. He previously worked as an archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City, helping with the cultural preservation of a 17th century site. He has grown up sailing small dinghies which continues to be one of his passions and is an avid rock climber. Hiking, camping, and canoeing are other activities he has enjoyed throughout his adventures in the great outdoors.
ACE NPS Cultural Resource Intern, Lava Beds National Monument
Chris is a recent graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Classical Studies. During his undergraduate work, Chris participated in Archaeology Field School in Wyoming and Montana at the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area and Shoshone National Forest. There, he helped study and record temporary campsites along a yearly migration route and conducting post-burn wildlife fire surveys for cultural sites. Also as an undergraduate, Chris worked in the William R Adams Zooarchaeology Lab helping analyze faunal remains from archaeological sites (he was most interested in fish and fishing tools!) He is currently serving as the ACE Epic Cultural Resources Intern at Lava Beds National Monument in northeastern California, where he has been working with the NPS cultural resources department conducting survey and compliance work for several upcoming projects in the Monument. At Lava Beds, Chris has been responsible for recording cultural sites from various time periods spanning from the traditional Modoc seasonal sites to construction projects conducted by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 20th Century. Chris has always been interested in learning about the lives of the people who have been someplace before him and how their experience or purpose might have differed. He is interested in the field of cultural resources as it helps inform others of the previous people that lived in certain places and what they did and that it is important to history that we have accurate ideas of what life was really like. In his free time Chris likes running and cycling to enjoy the outdoors, or reading and exploring new subjects.
ACE AmeriCorps NPS Exotic Plant Management Intern, Grand Canyon National Park
Erik Fagerstrom graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in the winter of 2012 with his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. During his time at Penn State, he participated in a student group known as Campus Weather Service which provides detailed weather forecasts for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While Erik studied meteorology, he specialized in air quality which led to an internship with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington, D.C. forecasting air quality concentrations for the mid-Atlantic region. Even though his academics has been focused in Meteorology, Erik has a strong interest in conservation and restoration. Erik is currently serving as the ACE Exotic Plant Management AmeriCorps Intern at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona where he works directly with the National Park Service to remove non-native plants using various techniques such as herbicide application and hand pulling. Erik is planning on pursuing a master’s degree where he can study environmental management. When Erik is not forecasting weather, looking at the clouds, or killing invasive plants, he enjoys hiking, biking, camping, traveling or really anything that is new to him.
ACE NPS Cultural Resource- Collections Intern, Lava Beds National Monument
Beth graduated from the University of Glasgow with her Masters of Letters in Material Culture and Artifact Studies and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a focus in Archaeology from New York University. Beth is currently working as the ACE Cultural Resource-Collections Intern at Lava Beds National Monument located in northeastern California. Prior to this position, Beth served as the ACE Media and Interpretation Intern for Lava Bed’s neighboring park unit, Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, one of America’s most recently declared national monuments. In her ACE positions working with Lava Beds and the Tule Lake Unit, Beth catalogs and digitizes archaeological, historical, biological, paleontological, and geological specimens for publication on the respective park websites. Within these positions, Beth is directly contributing to her career goals and increasing her experience working with an array of museum objects while also helping to protect the fascinating natural and cultural resources offered within the parks. Beth is inspired to improve collections accessibility and enhance educational opportunities from artifact observation and inference. Her passion for archaeology was fostered in museums where she sought to understand objects from behind a glass wall and wished there was more of an opportunity to interact with the past, ultimately motivating her to pursue her advanced degrees and career in cultural resource management. Prior to joining ACE and NPS, Beth volunteered at several museums and cultural institutions, working with their collections and working on archaeological sites both in Israel and on the Isle of Man.
ACE NPS Cultural Resource Management Intern, Biscayne National Park
Josh is a 2012 graduate from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies where he received his Master of Arts in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology. Josh is the ACE Cultural Resource Management Intern at Biscayne National Park locate on the coast of Florida and has been working with ACE and Biscayne National Park since November 2012. While at Biscayne, Josh has worked to conduct archaeological site condition assessments for the Park’s 134 archaeological sites, helped to develop research designs for several major projects, assisted in the completion of Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act compliance, and participated in several major excavations. Josh is also a Registered Professional Archaeologist who, prior to working with ACE at Biscayne National Park, has participated in several major maritime archaeological projects including the digital recording of the Swedish warship Vasa (1628) in Stockholm, Sweden and the recovery operations at Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge (1718) shipwreck site off the coast of North Carolina. In addition to his interest in archaeology, Josh is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve where he serves as a Second Class Petty Officer at USCG Station Wrightsville Beach, NC.