Student interns at Everglades National Park.
New Interns Join USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center Staff at Everglades National Park
by Thomas J. Smith III
Tim Krawczyk has become an intern with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), joining USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) staffers Gordon Anderson and Karen Balentine at the Daniel Beard Center in Everglades National Park, Florida. Krawczyk is currently working toward a B.S. in geosciences at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, where he specializes in marine geology and hydrogeology. He is working in the park under the auspices of the National Park Service's International Volunteers in Parks (IVIP) Program. Krawczyk is conducting a project dealing with sediment dynamics in the mangrove forests of the coastal Everglades, with a particular focus on resuspension and movement of sediment.
Leigh Gordon-Patti has also started an internship with the USGS. A native of Miami, Florida, she is studying journalism, sociology, and environmental policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While in the Everglades, Gordon-Patti is conducting field research to record soil hydrology and vegetation change in coastal mangroves with SESC scientist Tom Smith. She is also working with Rachel Pawlitz, SESC outreach coordinator, to develop her observations of the relationship between USGS science and Everglades National Park management into an outreach product.