Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Meet our Interns

The Value of Interns

Interns contribute greatly to the Preserve's knowledge about the land and ability to protect and manage it. At the same time, today's interns expand their knowledge and skills--a critical element to becoming tomorrow's conservation experts and leaders. Below is information on the accomplishments of our most recent interns. For complete lists of past projects, see the Scheuer Land Management and Schaefer Research intern lists.

Preserve-funded Interns

The 2013  Schaefer Interns, Fiona Robins (returning  for her second year), and Clara Wilkinson, a sustainable development major at University of St Andrews, Scotland, worked together with the new Sarro intern Brittni Troy, a general science major at Mount Saint Mary College to categorize and map forest habitats on the Preserve. Their work will be used by land managers to identify areas in greater need of protection and stewardship on the ridge.

The 2012 Scheuer Intern, Annika Beard (standing), an environmental science major at SUNY Oneonta, studied impacts to trails and provided recommendations on visitor management that will guide the Preserve in its protection of trail resources. The 2012  Schaefer Interns, Fiona Robins, a biology major at Bates College, and Matthew Ruis, an environmental science and biology major at Marist College, worked together with staff at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center to inventory species during the 2012 Testimonial Gateway BioBlitz, surveyed and analyzed forest change in the 1978 and 1979 prescribed burn vegetation plots, and monitored trail change throughout the Preserve.

The 2011 Scheuer intern, Dana Havas, an engineering major at SUNY Ulster, worked with the Preserve’s land protection and stewardship departments. In addition to conducting boundary line inspections, Dana developed a design standards manual and shop drawings for trailhead structures.

The 2011 Schaefer interns included returning intern Jessica Susser (right), an ecology and conservation biology major at Boston University, and Zoe Getman-Pickering (left), an ecology major at Hampshire College. They worked with staff at the Mohonk Preserve's Daniel Smiley Research Center to monitor the impact of trail usage, and on the annual breeding bird census and analysis.