EPIC Intern Profiles – The Arizona Game & Fish Department

Nate Blanks

Nate Blanks

ACE AGFD Native Fish Management Intern

Nate attended Skidmore College, where he received a degree in environmental studies. While at school, Nate worked for a local non-profit land trust, focusing on an outreach program as well as having the chance to do some lobbying. He also spent about six months studying in New Zealand, participating in a field school for the first month and a half that included coral surveying and coastal geomorphology in the Cook Islands, followed by various geology and cultural studies on the North Island. With no desire to leave, he spent the summer doing stream restoration and invasive plant work on a Norfolk Island farm and with the Australian National Park Service. Like many other recent graduates, he is still trying to figure out what he wants to ultimately pursue in his career and so is grateful to ACE for the opportunities and experiences they provide. Nate began his ACE experience in summer 2013, completing a 3-month internship as the Backcountry Invasive Plant Intern on Catalina Island with the Catalina Island Conservancy in California, he then served as the ACE Native Fish Management Intern in Pinetop, Arizona with the Arizona Game & Fish with a focus on native fish management, monitoring, and electroshocking surveying. Nate has returned to the Catalina Island Conservancy as the CHIRP Lead. In the near future, he wants to either continue traveling the U.S (originally from Boston), find some environmental policy work, or some combination of the two!

Bennett Hardy

ACE AGFD Native Fish Management Intern

Bennett is a recent graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation. During his first season working within the natural resources field, he worked as a field assistant in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee surveying salamander populations. The following season he was employed by the USDA Forest Service and monitored populations of Cascades frogs, a species of special concern in California, in alpine wet meadow systems in the southern Cascades. He was fortunate to have directly contributed to the project by conducting his honors thesis on a disease treatment for this species. Prior to his ACE position, Bennett assisted research in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica surveying endangered frog populations throughout the country. In his free time, Bennett enjoys traveling, playing hockey, and cooking. Bennett will be serving as the ACE Native Fish Management Intern with the Arizona Game and Fish Department working with threatened Apache trout in the White Mountains.

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