The Intern Intel Report #1: Spring 2017 Edition

By Paige Dolci

Hello! My name is Paige Dolci, and I am Mass Audubon’s new Conservation Policy Intern. I am currently a senior at Boston University majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. I have a particular interest in the intersection of science and advocacy, making the opportunity to work in the Legislative Affairs office very exciting.

So far, my experience includes assisting with research on climate change and nutrient cycling both in Boston and abroad in New Zealand. Specifically, I conducted lab and fieldwork to analyze samples from New Zealand’s kauri forests, a landscape currently compromised by a fungus-like disease, in addition to mangroves, an ecosystem with a potentially important role in carbon sequestration. Back in Boston, my past internship focused on a coastal ecosystem of Cape Cod and its response to human-induced changes. I have also held two positions with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, an organization working to restore the local park system and reconnect people with nature. I was able to assist with both volunteer coordination and fieldwork management along with communications and PR.

Paige on Aoraki, the highest mountain in New Zealand

During my last semester of college, I will continue to write for BU’s Earth and Environment Review in order to promote environmental awareness, without which achieving a sustainable, equitable world would be impossible. Additionally, I am completing an independent study to improve the EPA’s municipal environmental justice policy and devise more effective communication about lead poisoning for the Boston Public Health Commission. After graduation, I hope to be a sound member of the conservation field, combining what I’ve learned both inside and outside of the classroom to help facilitate progress that ensures the security of future generations.

Over the course of this internship, I will be writing several blogs to document my learning experience, sharing Mass Audubon’s current efforts to develop and strengthen environmental laws and my role in the process. I hope you’ll join me on this rewarding journey!