Hello! My name is Victoria Oliu, and I am majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability here at CSU. Being a part of the Siegle Conservation Science Internship this past summer was life changing for me. It gave me different perspectives in to career paths I can take through ecological restoration, botany, wetlands, wildlife biology and stream ecology. I also had the opportunity to go to places across the state that I had never been to.
The highlight of my summer was working on the BLM Lotic AIM crew in Wyoming. It was an eight day hitch where we surveyed 8 sites across the Rawlins region of the state. I learned how to collect bugs from the stream, identify a variety of riparian plants, and how to take substrate and stream/water quality measurements. In addition, it was the first time I had ever been camping for that long of a time – so it was a great lesson in camping as well. This trip made me realize that I would like to focus on aquatic ecology when applying for jobs after college.
Working alongside the scientists at CNHP as well as meeting the other interns that all share a passion for natural resources was a great experience that I would highly recommend.