First Blog Entry

By: Tyler Ball


Hi Everyone! My name is Tyler Ball and I am interning with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM) this summer (Photo of BOEM headquarters in Virginia posted above). As the intern under the archaeology department, my responsibilities are focused on organizing nomination forms for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), specifically shipwrecks located in the Gulf of Mexico. These shipwrecks are important to me not only because they are historically significant, but because I am interested in focusing my future research on shipwrecks effected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Below is a photo of me working on analyzing shipwreck nomination data.


My first week as an intern was spent getting caught up to speed on the specifics of each nomination case, specifically understanding the status of completion each shipwreck was currently at. This included reviewing several nomination bulletins from the National Register of Historic Places.  Another part of my internship is being included to participate in staff meetings with other branches within the environmental programs department. Below is a picture I took of my office between weeks 1-2.  Week 2 of my internship was spent in compiling information, editing, and drafting nominations. Later in that week I began working on mapping the sites in ArcGIS.


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