Interns

2017

Maia Beh
Salamander Crossing Brigades Program Assistant

Maia grew up in southeast Vermont, where she worked on produce farms during the summer and roamed the forests all year long. She received her B.S. in Plant Sciences from Cornell University and her M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis. Luckily for us, she returned to New England in 2014, and now lives in Marlborough, NH with her daughter, Anika. During her spring work with the Harris Center, Maia will make the leap from plants to wildlife, managing migratory amphibian data associated with our Salamander Crossing Brigade citizen science program.


Courtney Dillon
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Courtney grew up in Rindge, NH, and is now a senior at Keene State College, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Her capstone research is focused on sapling regeneration and mature tree mortality following a wildfire on Harris Center-conserved lands in Stoddard. She is one of four students who are conducting ecological research, assisting with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gaining firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s work as part of a summer internship program with KSC Environmental Studies.


Jocelyn Duffy
Conservation Easement Monitoring Intern

Jocelyn started out in information technology, but eventually the pull of the outdoors was too strong. She recently received her B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University and has been exploring different ways that people and the environment come together, searching for her new career path. She’s a NH Coverts volunteer, enjoys reading natural histories, and is interested in native plants. Jocelyn and her husband Craig recently settled in Peterborough. She’s learning the lay of the land by helping monitor the Harris Center’s conservation easements.


Jennie Friedman
Summer Camp Intern

Jennie grew up in south-central New York State, and since childhood has enjoyed hiking, gardening, and observing wildlife. She graduated from Elmira College in 2016 with a B.S. in biology and environmental studies, and is now working towards her M.S. in Environmental Education at Antioch University New England. She has enjoyed working at a zoo, a nature center, and the US Forest Service as summer jobs, and is now looking forward to spending as much time as she can in the forests of New Hampshire. During her internship with the Harris Center, she will be planning and leading our Woodlanders summer camp.

 


Kira Heeschen
Environmental Education Intern

Kira grew up in Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Earth Science and a minor in Secondary Education. After an eye-opening summer working with the Youth Conservation Corps, she decided to pursue teaching in a non-formal context. She is now working toward her M.S. in Environmental Education at Antioch University New England. Kira spent her summer adventuring in Alaska while working for Denali National Park as a Science Communication intern. This fall, she’ll be designing and facilitating school-based programs with the Harris Center.


Mickayla Johnston
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Mickayla is a senior at Keene State College, majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Studies. She grew up in Derry, NH, where she enjoyed exploring the woods and taking care of her many pets, which sparked a passion for all animals at a young age. In the future, she hopes to work as an exotic wildlife rehabilitator and biologist, with a focus on big cats. She is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work as part of an eight-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.


Katie Koster
Project Nighthawk Program Assistant

Katie has an M.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire. When she’s not at her family home in New Hampshire, she works as a weather observer in Antarctica. She says, “When contrasted the ice-clad landscape of the southernmost continent, the NH woods feel that much sweeter, as does standing on sun-warmed sidewalks in Keene after sunset, hoping that a pair of state-endangered birds will nest [nearby].” During her most recent internship with the Harris Center, Katie monitored Common Nighthawks as part of our Project Nighthawk citizen science program. She plans to return to Antarctica in November.


Mark Landolina
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Mark grew up in the small town of Tolland, CT, and is now a senior at Keene State College, with a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. His capstone research is focused on assessing the capacity of culverts in the Ferguson Brook watershed to handle increased flooding associated with climate change. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career as an urban planner, natural resource manager, or climate change scientist. He is one of four KSC students who are conducting ecological research, assisting with stewardship and environmental education, and gaining firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s work as part of a summer internship program with KSC Environmental Studies.


Anthony Oatley
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Anthony is a junior at Keene State College, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies. He grew up in rural Westmoreland, NH, where he developed a love for being in the great outdoors. In the future, Anthony plans to practice holistic agriculture and utilize renewable resources to build a homestead where he can be self-sufficient. He also plans to get involved with land conservation and early childhood education in outdoor classrooms. He is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work as part of an eight-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.

 


Ryan Paradis
Conservation Easement Monitoring Intern

Ryan is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science. He has a background in the high-tech fields of building and robotics automation, and holds an A.S. in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). His passion for the outdoors drew him from those fields into the world of environmental science and conservation, though he still teaches in the HVAC department at Manchester Community College as an adjunct professor. He is an avid mountain biker, hiker, and camper. During his internship with the Harris Center, he will be monitoring conservation easements with the Harris Center’s land program.


Chad Witko
Vernal Pool Project Program Assistant

Hailing from Claverack in the Hudson Valley of New York, Chad has been an avid birder since the age of 3. After earning his B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF, he traveled the country extensively in search of birding opportunities and conducting ornithological research. Chad now lives in Walpole, NH, with his wife, Lauryn, where he is pursuing his M.S. at Antioch University New England. His thesis will center around interactions between active forest management and declining bird communities. During his internship with the Harris Center, Chad will be using GIS and spatial analysis techniques to map potential vernal pools on Harris Center lands.



2016

Dorothy Arroyo
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Dorothy is a newly declared Environmental Studies major at Keene State College, with a lifetime passion for outdoor education. She has been a Resident Assistant at KSC, as well as an Executive Board Member of KSC’s Campus Ecology student organization. Her dream is to open a community center in her hometown of Milford, NH that will focus on outdoor education and recreation. She is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work as part of a seven-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.

 


Maia Beh
Salamander Crossing Brigades & Vernal Pool Project Program Assistant

Maia grew up in southeast Vermont, where she worked on produce farms during the summer and roamed the forests all year long. She received her B.S. in Plant Sciences from Cornell University and her M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis. For her master’s thesis, she studied the impacts of wildfire on the survival of the pathogen causing Sudden Oak Death, an introduced disease of coastal California and Oregon forests. Luckily for us, she returned to New England in 2014, and now lives in Marlborough, NH, with her partner, Gilbert, and daughter, Anika. During her spring work with the Harris Center, Maia will be making the leap from plants to wildlife — mapping potential vernal pools on Harris Center-conserved land and managing migratory amphibian data associated with our Salamander Crossing Brigade citizen science program.



Adrien Benevides

Conservation Easement Monitoring Intern

Adrien grew up on the coast of Massachusetts, where she developed a passion developed for conservation. She received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire, and spent several summers as a Natural Resources Officer, monitoring threatened and endangered shorebird species. Now, she lives in Jaffrey, NH with her husband, Evan. During her internship with the Harris Center, she will be monitoring conservation easements with the Harris Center’s land program.

 

 

 


Victoria Drake
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Vic grew up in the northern woods of Pittsfield, ME. She is currently a senior at Keene State College, working towards a degree in Environmental Studies, with minors in Geology and Psychology. Her capstone research is focused on documenting bee species diversity and abundance in the Harris Center’s new pollinator garden. She is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work as part of a seven-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.



Caitlin Holden
Teacher/Naturalist Intern

Caitlin is an Environmental Education master’s student in her final semester at Antioch University New England. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she has always loved learning about the natural world. During her spring internship with the Harris Center, Caitlin will be coordinating and leading school field trips at the new outdoor classroom and boardwalk behind Keene Middle School.

 


Lara Kazo
Conservation Easement Monitoring Intern

Lara grew up in New Ipswich, NH, in the foothills of Mount Watatic. Raised on a working sheep farm, she spent most of her childhood outdoors. This early experience with the natural world formed the foundation of her intrinsic love for wildlife. She recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Biology. During her internship with the Harris Center, she will be monitoring conservation easements with the Harris Center’s land program.

 


Rob Lanfranchi
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Rob is a senior at Keene State College, where he is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Biology. He is an avid snowboarder, with an interest in wildlife. He is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation work as part of a seven-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.


Shauna Sousa
Keene State College Conservation Intern

Shauna is a senior at Keene State College, where she is working towards a B.A. in Geography, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her capstone research has focused on processes for mitigating the impacts of Emerald Ash Borer on New Hampshire forests. Down the road, Shauna looks forward to continuing forest research, and to working on large mammal habitat conservation and education. She is one of four KSC students who have been hired to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation work as part of a seven-week summer conservation intern partnership with the KSC Environmental Studies Department.


Arianna Zrzavy
Conservation Easement Monitoring Intern

Arianna grew up in Peterborough, NH and credits her encounter — as a student at Peterborough Elementary School — with the Harris Center’s Janet Altobello for sparking her early interest in the environment. At ConVal High School, Arianna was part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl for four years, including two years as the team captain. She also volunteered at Touchstone Farm in Temple with Horse Power, an organization that works with individuals facing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Now in her second year of studying Environmental Science at John Carroll University in Ohio, Arianna works with Professor James Watling to research the effects of habitat loss and genetic isolation on biodiversity. During her internship with the Harris Center, she will be monitoring conservation easements with the Harris Center’s land program.