Andrea Calderon ’19 – Environmental Science & Policy Major
Why she’s a student to watch: Calderon caught our eye when we heard she’d be doing field research against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States: It’s breathtaking and interesting!
What she did: Her research sites included Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, all part of an internship with the University of California Santa Cruz, during which she studied forests and analyzed water quality to assess the impact of humans on the landscape. “Reading about something is so different from actually going out there and doing it,” she says. At the end of the summer, conservation leaders met with the students to help them look at the environment from a different perspective and discuss how creativity and diversity matter when it comes to conservation.
What’s next: This winter, she’ll meet with the program leaders from UCSC, who will help her pinpoint what environmental organization would be a good fit for an internship next summer.
This article originally appeared on the St. Edwards University site, which you can read here on the St. Edwards website.