Summer 2011 has been very productive and I had time for a little vacation on the side. A couple of weeks after the spring semester I began my internship at the U.S. Geological Survey where I would work with scientists whose focus in measuring different types of mercury in the bay area. The types of mercury include: methylmercury, total mercury, and reactive mercury. The samples were obtained from all different areas, and the types of samples analyzed have included water samples at various depths, pore water (which is the water extracted from sediment), sediment, and filters. I’ve been living with a family friend in San Mateo and commute to work in Menlo Park using CalTrain and a bicycle. CalTrain is a very good way to get around in the bay area if you don’t have a car. The reason for interning at the USGS is not only because it is related to my environmental science major, but also because it goes hand in hand with research that I am working on with a professor at USF. Allison Luengen is an Environmental Science professor who is researching the bioaccumulation of mercury through the food chain, and my internship experience will allow us to further her research when I begin in Fall 2011.
Recently I just took a vacation/trip to hang out with my best friend from high school who is in the Marine Corps and just got back from Jordan and was on post deployment leave. I hung out with him and we visited San Diego, Hollywood, Twenty-nine Palms, and Las Vegas. I was in Vegas for the fourth of July. The trip was fun, and it was good to see the fireworks in Vegas. I will travel to southern California in Santa Barbara for the last week of July in order to intern with another Environmental Science professor who specializes in riparian ecology. I will assist in her research regarding riparian ecosystem restoration. After that I will return to the USGS until the 16th of August. On the 16th I begin training for my position as an Advocate for Community Engagement at USF. Concurrently with all this I have also begun looking for a place to live for the next year in San Francisco. I will have two other roommates who are students as USF as well. Hopefully we can find a place and move in by August 1st.
This summer has been busy and very fun. I have learned a lot and still will learn so much. I am looking forward to starting a new semester though.