George Perkins Marsh Institute

2018 NOAA Summer Internships

Scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering for a sixth year with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships in NOAA labs and offices, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student is overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager and advised by a Clark faculty mentor.

The 2018 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows are:


Anthony Himmelberger (Earth System Science '19) will work in Naples, Florida on the project "Assessing Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting Activity along the Cape Romano Complex Beaches". His Clark faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey from the Graduate School of Geography.


Sophie Spiliotopoulos (Geography '20) will work in Silver Springs, Maryland on the project "Identifying and Summarizing Research: Marine Mammal Life History Traits". Professor Karen Frey will serve as her faculty mentor.


Jess Strzempko (Earth System Science '20) will work in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on the project "Age and Growth Studies of Endangered Atlantic Salmon". Her Clark faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey from the Graduate School of Geography.

For more information about Clark's NOAA Internship Program, contact Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at 508.751.4619 or Jim Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at 508.421.3872.

2017 NOAA Fellows and Their Project Descriptions

Rapid Bathymetry for Safer Navigation: Developing an Automated Process

NOAA Fellow: Tyler Anderson, Environmental Science '18
Faculty Mentor: Chris Williams
Location: Maryland


Anderson interned at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD as part of a team that is automating the process to obtain water depth from satellite data in order to complement traditional surveys. Knowledge of water depth or bathymetry is critical for coastal navigation and management. Hurricanes and winter storms can move channels and shoals, posing a risk to navigation. Many remote areas of the U.S. and the world have limited or extremely old surveys. Satellite data can offer a rapid way to provide an assessment of water depth for these places. Anderson evaluated data from multiple satellite products to determine which approaches provide the best estimates of bathymetry, as well as turbidity and other water quality outcomes.

Advancing Integration of Natural Capital Principles into American Businesses

NOAA Fellow: Anika Kreckel, Economics '18
Faculty Mentor: Dana Bauer
Location: Maryland


Advancing Integration of Natural Capital Principles into American Businesses Kreckel interned at NOAA’s Office of the Chief Economist on multiple projects related to the integration of natural capital into the planning and operations of private business. Natural capital is another term for the stock of renewable and non-renewable resources (e.g. plants, animals, air, water, soils, and minerals) that combine to provide benefits to people. Every business affects and depends on natural capital to some degree and will experience risks and/or opportunities associated with these relationships. Kreckel assisted with the development of a framework to define the Ocean Economy that will help businesses evaluate their relationship to marine natural capital. The internship provided many opportunities to attend conferences and symposiums in Washington, D.C. that discussed the importance of business support to mitigate climate change. Back at Clark this fall, Kreckel remains engaged with a small group of individuals from NOAA, Conservation International, and The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), working to develop an Oceans Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol. This has been integrated with her Clark studies through a linked independent study with Marsh Director Robert Johnston.

Finding Harmful Algae with High Resolution Satellite

NOAA Fellow: Carly Robbins, Geography '18,
Faculty Mentor: Florencia Sangermano
Location: Maryland


Robbins interned at the National Ocean Service’s Stressor Detection and Impact Division at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, where she assessed the potential of high resolution satellite data to detect harmful algal blooms within small lakes in northern Florida. NOAA lacks information on bloom conditions in these smaller lakes due to their satellite data having too coarse of a spatial resolution and an absence of ground truth data to validate satellite measurements. To determine how well the high resolution satellite could detect and quantify algal blooms, Robbins conducted a matchup between new high resolution satellite data and existing lower resolution satellite data that was previously found to detect harmful algae accurately.

Endangered Species Act – Listed Species Tracking

NOAA Fellow: Alexis Stabulas, Environmental Science '18
Faculty Mentor: John Baker
Location: Massachusetts


Stabulas interned at the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office and Protected Resources Division, which is responsible for protecting marine mammals and threatened/ endangered species. She provided research and technical assistance on several projects within the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation team, summarizing and interpreting programmatic data and assisting with the development of an ESA-listed species tracking geodatabase and the creation of a map user guide. The final mapping products will be published online, improve interagency efficiency, and help educate the public on the best available science and information regarding threatened and endangered species.

2016 NOAA Fellows and Their Project Descriptions

Congressional Communications for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

NOAA Fellow: Rebecca Hadik, Political Science '17
Faculty Mentor: Amy Richter
Location: Maryland


Hadik interned at the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research's Formulation and Congressional Analysis Division, which develops the Office's budget and defends it to the President and Congress. As part of her internship experience, she translated scientific information for delivery to Congress and interpreted congressional actions for a scientific audience. Her tasks included editing draft reports to Congress on scientific topics, tracking legislation of interest, compiling remarks from relevant floor speeches, attending and summarizing congressional hearings and briefings, and reviewing summaries of scientific programs.

GIS Intern for NOAA's Hawaii-focused Sentinel Site Program/Habitat Blueprint and NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

NOAA Fellow: Isabel Miranda, Global Environmental Studies '17
Faculty Mentor: John Rogan
Location: Hawaii


Miranda participated in several projects for the NOAA Office of Coastal Management including: creating outreach materials on anchialine pools (brackish water bodies with cultural and ecological significance) in Hawaii; mapping fires in Guam to help the US Forest Service target campaigns at reducing intentional burns; and mapping data locations for the Citizen Science King Tides Project.

Climate Effects on Physiology and Life History for Southwest Fisheries Ecology

NOAA Fellow: Kristen Sheldon, Biology '17
Faculty Mentor: Deb Robertson
Location: California


Sheldon worked at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Ecology Division to understand the mechanisms by which fish populations respond to environmental changes. Specifically, she investigated whether maternal or paternal effects are more important in shaping sheepshead minnow offspring's phenotype and reaction norm in response to temperature, which can be essential in understanding the adaptations of marine organisms to climate change.