2017 Offen Intern Selected

Congratulations to the 2017 Offen Intern, Colleen McCamy!

Colleen McCamy is a third year Environmental Studies student at UC Santa Barbara and is able to explore her passion for the ocean as an intern working at the UCSB Reserach Experience and Education Facility (REEF) in educating students about coastal ecosystems and environments. She is also the Student Engagement Intern for the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative at UCSB where she is able to involve students within UCSB's plans to implement renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. Colleen is excited to learn about natural reserve management with the Offen Internship at the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and gain the knowledge and skills that will help her with her future goals of working with aquatic resource management. 

About the Offen Internship:

The Henry W. Offen NRS Undergraduate Internship celebrates the life of Dr. Offen, Chemistry Professor and Emeritus Professor at UCSB for more than 45 years. Dr. Offen served as the first Director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System (NRS), a position he held for 16 years. He understood the value of the UC Natural Reserves for research and teaching that contribute to the wise management of the earth.  He was particularly interested in fostering students’ interests in conservation and management of the earth’s natural resources by providing opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research and management activities at the Reserves.

The Henry W. Offen UCSB Undergraduate Research Endowment was set up to honor his memory and legacy through the generous donations of family and friends.  The Endowment provides an annual stipend to support the Internship.  To be eligible applicants must be registered undergraduates with sophomore, junior or senior standing when they apply.

This year’s Intern will work on management projects at the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR) (http://vesr.nrs.ucsb.edu/). VESR consists of two sites, Valentine Camp and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), located 15 miles apart near Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada. The project will include a number of stewardship activities designed to give the Intern experience with the broad array of tasks that are involved in operating and managing a natural reserve. The specific tasks will depend in part on the intern's interests, skills and knowledge, and interested undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Possible activities include working with the Reserve Director Dr. Carol Blanchette and other Reserve Staff on maintenance tasks, vegetation management, organizing and digitizing historical data to improve availability for researchers, assisting with research projects, and helping reserve users as needed.