The White Mountains Research Station was a personal favorite location for me. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful with mountain ranges that carried on for miles and jaw-dropping sunrises that illuminated their presence. The research I conducted here was equally thrilling. I had the opportunity to collect data on Pinus longaeva, also known as, bristlecone pine trees. I hypothesized that global warming had a direct effect on bristlecone pine tree habitat. The data I collected displayed the presence of more seedlings at higher altitudes. The results supported my theory that there is an elevation shift upward of the bristlecone habitat. Between having the opportunity to do research on the worlds oldest living organisms and my unforgettable early morning hiking excursions, the time I spent at the White Mountains will remain in my fondest memories as a Doris Duke Scholar.
Prior to this internship, I had never designed a research study, much less conducted one. However, after five weeks of hands-on experience and intense immersion at varying research stations, I have gained invaluable skills and knowledge on the research process as a whole. However, being a Doris Duke Scholar has done much more than teach me these skills, it has connected me with 19 other individuals who are equally passionate to bring diversity into the field of conservation. As a part of the 2016 Doris Duke Cohort, I am confident that the skills we have attained will be essential in our attempts to bring diversity into to the world of conservation. Endlessly, we will pursue to attain diverse cultural inclusion as a main priority in our attempts to “make the world a better place and have fun doing it”.