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Immersive learning is key to the Nature Academy, the summer internship program at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. In this nature-based program, interns develop professional skills through hands-on project planning and delivery in a real-world setting. The students come from all over campus and bring a depth of educational experience and interests, and a passion for learning and sharing their ideas and knowledge.
Alexandra Price is a senior in the College of Engineering with a major in Environmental Engineering. She is an information systems intern on the Research and Curation team. Her hobbies include: reading, hiking, and vegan cooking.
Anna Wan is from Dearborn, Michigan and just recently graduated from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. At UM-D, she pursued a Major in Environmental Science, Minor in English, and a Geospatial Analysis and Mapping Certificate. She is currently a Research and Curator intern and her hobbies include reading, watching foreign films, and cooking delicious food.
Audrey Pangallo is a second year Dual Masters in Landscape Architecture and Conservation Ecology.This summer she is working with Mike Kost on creating a GIS based map of trees in the arboretum for the Woody Plants class in SEAS. Audrey would like to work in ecological restoration and community based design when she graduates.
Bianca Winward, from Salt Lake City, Utah, is majoring in Socio-Cultural Anthropology for her Bachelor’s and starting her Masters in Public Health with the SUGS program. Her hobbies include soccer, hiking, cooking, and most importantly eating the food she cooks.
Blake McWatters in one of the student farm managers for the summer and is currently undeclared in his major, but is planning a double major in Program in the Environment and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Biodiversity. Blake is fascinated with sustainable agriculture and has spent the last two summers living in a tent as an intern on Earthkeeper Farm, and organic farm in Sparta, Michigan.
Carley Postma, from Holly, Michigan, is a senior at the University of Michigan studying ecology and evolutionary biology with a minor in the environment. This summer she is working with Jose Alfaro and Sustainability without Borders to build, manage, and research an aquaponics system at Matthaei. Carly hopes to work in herpetology or environmental education someday. Her lifetime goal is to visit every national park.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and Matthaei-Nichols intern Citralina Haruo is a sophomore in the Natural Resources and Pre-environmental Engineering programs at the College of Menominee Nation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Citralina is interested in working with communities to identify, mitigate, and adapt to climate change impacts.
Connor Kippe is a rising junior from Spring Lake, MI studying Political Science and Program in the Environment. He is working as a campus farm manager this summer, which ties in with his concentration in food and water policy. Outside of work and school he is concentrated on eating all the fresh produce from the farm, training for endurance events, writing, and reading.
Haley Kerner, from Battle Creek, Michigan (cereal city!), is a rising Junior studying Program in the Environment. She is working on the Campus Farm this summer and is excited to learn more about growing food organically. Haley loves running, hiking, and cooking and eating great food with family and friends.
Jack is a graduate student in SNRE studying Conservation Ecology and Landscape Architecture. Before joining the team at MBGNA as a Caretaker & Intern, he received his BS from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, he spent 6 months studying the sustainable redesign in Christchurch, New Zealand, in response to the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Following graduation, he worked on a trails stewardship crew with the National Parks Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and Matthaei-Nichols intern Jena Brooker, from Battle Creek, Michigan, is a sophomore at Dickinson College majoring in Environmental Studies. Her professional and academic interests lie in environmental issues, mental health, human rights issues, community development, and social justice.
Jessica Santos, from Trenton, New Jersey, just completed her first year as a masters student in UMs School of Environment and Sustainability in the Behavior, Education, and Communication track. Jessica is a Research & Curation intern this summer working on an interpretive planning project. Her hobbies include cooking, playing with her cats, and listening to music.
Joél Reyes-Klann, from Southwest Detroit, Michigan, is a master’s candidate at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He is interested in community-based development & design, politics & policy, and civic & environmental stewardship in cities. Joél enjoys hip hop & house music, hammocking, trying new beers, philosophizing with his friends, and advancing the cause of social revolution.
Kate Vogel, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a rising senior studying Program in the Environment and International Studies with minors in Spanish and Sustainability. Kate works in the Great Lakes Gardens. At school Kate has a specialization in water policy and conservation, but outside of her studies Kate specializes in traveling, writing letters, and eating sushi.
Katie Hammond is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She just graduated with her Masters in Social Work and plans to use her degree to improve human service programs. This year, Katie is working with several different administrative departments at the Gardens and is also a one of the Nichols Arboretum Caretakers. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction/fantasy and traveling.
Lello Guluma, from East Lansing, Michigan just graduated this May from the University of Michigan with majors in International Studies and Program in the Environment as well as a certificate in Sustainability. She will be returning to Michigan in the fall as a Masters student in the School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior and Health Education.
Lexi will begin her master’s at the U-M School of Environment and Sustainability this fall, studying sustainability and environmental policy. This summer she serves as both a Sam Graham Trees Intern and a caretaker at Nichols Arboretum. She just graduated from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri with majors in Political Science and Spanish.
Madison Montambault recently graduated this April with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the U-M School of Music Theatre and Dance. This is her second summer working at Matthaei-Nichols. Madison is thrilled to be back and loves the positive environment, her wonderful colleagues, volunteers, and friends who make up the Arb and Gardens community. This fall she to U-M to pursue her Master of Music degree in Opera as a graduate fellow.
Mason Opp, from Pinckney, Michigan, is entering his senior year as a Program in the Environment student, studying environmental policy and law with a minor in sustainability. Mason enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time on the lake. This summer he hopes to finally land that backflip on his wakeboard.
Pragya Khurana, from Grand Blanc, Michigan, is entering her senior year majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. She will be working as the Bonsai Garden intern and is excited to learn more about botany this summer. She loves taking care of her house plants, listening to music, and going to concerts.
Robin Schultze, from Nahunta, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Environmental Planning at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. His interests include ecological restoration (especially in regards to natural disaster mitigation and climate change adaptation), land-use planning, and the response to environmental regulation in rural communities.
Ross is a rising senior from Livonia, Michigan. He’s double majoring in Program in the Environment and Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity. He is interested in the restoration of Michigan ecosystems.
Sabrina Mastroianni. From Lincoln Park, Michigan. Attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in Environmental Science with a biology concentration, and pursuing a GIS certificate. My interests are in forestry and wildlife
Shelby Polisuk is graduating in December from U of M with a double major in Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity and Screen Arts & Cultures. She is a natural areas intern this summer, a position which she hopes will assist her in mastering many new plant identifications. She is interested in filmmaking and wants to continue pursuing the intersections of ecology and filmmaking in the future.
Wyatt Clement, from South Lyon, Michigan, recently graduated with a BA in Psychology, and will be pursuing a Master of Science in Information at U of M starting in the fall. This summer, Wyatt is an intern with the visitor engagement team, working at the visitor centers at both the Botanical Gardens and the Arboretum. His hobbies include gaming, watching movies, and caring for his succulent collection.
Xevy Zhang returns to Matthaei-Nichols for a second summer internship. She will enter her last semester in fall 2017 to complete a master’s degree in landscape architecture. Xevy loves plants and nature, as well as drawing, painting, cooking, and sci-fi. She’s been working on mapping the gardens with CAD and Photoshop, as well as some designs and visualizations.
Yoav Jacob, from Setauket, New York, is a rising sophomore in the Honors program at U of M. He is currently undeclared, but interested in chemistry, biology, and sustainability. He is a horticulture intern this summer and looks forward to learning more about greenhouse work and Arboretum garden maintenance. His hobbies include running (especially in the Arb), cooking, and looking for dogs to pet around campus.
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