Jonathan Cloughesy 2018 Offen Intern

2018 Offen Intern Selected

Congratulations to the 2018 Offen Intern, Jonathan Cloughesy!

Jonathan Cloughesy is a graduating senior studying Biopsychology at UC Santa Barbara. One of Jonathan’s deepest passions is the conservation and management of the natural world. Over the last year, Jonathan has served as a Snowy Plover Docent at Coal Oil Point Reserve, where he plays a critical role in rebuilding the population of the threatened Snowy Plover shorebird. When not protecting the plovers, Jonathan contributes to native habitat restoration efforts around UCSB’s lagoon and West Campus Bluffs as a restoration ecologist intern for the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration. Jonathan is delighted to be awarded the 2018 Offen Internship, which provides him with the opportunity to pursue his interest in conservation through experience with natural reserve management at the Sedgwick Reserve.

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 Sedgwick Reserve  (http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu/). Sedgwick Reserve is a world-class research, conservation and education facility located in Santa Barbara County in the Santa Ynez Valley.  One of seven reserves managed by the University of California Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System, Sedgwick is among the largest and most diverse reserves of its kind in the country.  The Reserve encompasses nine square miles and two complete watersheds, and is rich in natural resources. It is also the only Reserve in University of California Natural System (39 reserves) with a telescope.