Summer Intern Stories - 2015


In 2015, we had several UNH undergraduates working with Nature Groupie (formerly called the Stewardship Network: New England) as summer interns. Our two interns for the summer each had an interesting and diverse schedule for 10 weeks with our research and conservation partners. Here they are to tell you a little about themselves. Check out their stories throughout the summer from their internship experiences.

2015 Stories:

Trina Lafata - NH EPSCoR Healthy Beaches & Citizen Science Intern

Hi, I am Trina Lafata. I am the summer NH EPSCoR Intern for Healthy Beaches and Citizen Science, working with the Stewardship Network: New England at UNH. This summer I will help organize, recruit and manage volunteers to help with “Beach Blitz” water sampling at local beaches. Throughout the summer I will also be working on several different projects such as the Glass Eel Monitoring and Surfer Surveying.

I have the opportunity to work with:

  • University of New Hampshire
  • New England Sustainability Consortium
  • The Stewardship Network: New England
  • NH Sea Grant
  • UNH Cooperative Extension

I am from Gloucester, Massachusetts and I have always been surrounded by water. The beach has always had a huge impact on me, whether it was working at the beach for 4 summers interacting with the beach goers, or going on early morning runs, cleaning up the beaches for school projects, or just sitting by the ocean enjoying the sun. The beach has had a huge influence on my life as well as other people and I am excited to work along with scientists and researchers on studying healthy beaches.

I am currently an environmental engineering student pursuing my third year at the University of New Hampshire. When I graduate I hope to work with coastal cleanup, relative to problems I have seen growing up in Gloucester.

I am very excited to be starting my internship working with The Stewardship Network New England, NH EPSCoR and Citizen Science. I think it will not only be an educational experience but also an enjoyable way to spend my summer.

Throughout my summer I will be posting updates on the projects and partners that I am working with. Keep checking back to this page to see updates about what I am learning and all the fun I am having - I look forward to everything this summer has in stock for me. Wish me luck!

Tomas Nocera -- Land Stewardship and Conservation Field Work Intern

My name is Tomas Nocera, and I am the 2015 Stewardship Network Summer Intern in Land Stewardship and Conservation Field Work. Over the summer I will be working with five different New Hampshire environmental organizations around the seacoast focusing on various projects related to wildlife and habitat management, land conservation and recreation. I will be spending several weeks with:

  • The Southeast Land Trust
  • University of New Hampshire Office of Woodlands and Natural Areas
  • Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bear-Paw Regional Greenways 
  • Durham Conservation Commission 

I am from Little Compton, Rhode Island. A tiny town in the smallest state. Surrounded by forest, farmlands and beaches, I have always had a passion for working outside, learning about the environment and most importantly working with wildlife. Ever since I was litttle I carried books about the animals of the world, identifying them on hikes and camping trips, hoping to someday work with them. Recently, I worked at a kangaroo, wombat, and Macropod rehabilitation center in Australia, where I was able to work with both rehabilitation and land conservation. 

I am a Wildlife and Conservation Biology student, with a minor in Anthropology going into my fourth year at the University of New Hampshire. I hope to one day work with international communities in tailoring different solutions to wildlife protection and conservation. I believe the best way to manage and protect species and areas is to adhere to cultural standards, and work with community members to achieve goals.

I am excited to be a part of The Stewardship Network: New England team, and learn more about conservation and land management throughout the summer- I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with on this educational and fun project.

I will be posting short stories about my adventures with the different projects and organizations over the summer, so be sure to look out for them!