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Summer 2022 Interns

EarthLab interns at the office!EarthLab Summer Internships is a robust, cohort-based internship program for University of Washington undergraduate students. Interns develop interdisciplinary and community-engagement skills. Working alongside community members and researchers, they build their capacity to address pressing environmental issues and generate equitable solutions. The professional work experience, training and mentorship is enhanced by a cohort model of support and connection.

The program supports undergraduate interns from different disciplines who are placed within EarthLab’s member organizations for a 10-week paid internship focused on transdisciplinary research in a variety of contexts.

EarthLab and our member organizations are thrilled to welcome the first cohort of interns.


Andrea Gonzalez, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) Intern

B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences, Minor in Gender and Sexuality, UW Tacoma

Photo of Andrea GonzalezAndrea Gonzalez (she/they) comes to EarthLab from the University of Washington Tacoma, where they are studying Biomedical Sciences and Gender and Sexuality. After learning about the role of intersectionality in health outcomes in minority populations, they became passionate about innovating health practices that are equitable and culturally appropriate. Andrea is excited to be working with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute as a research intern.

Andrea is helping develop a global land-based healing and environmental health annotated bibliography. The annotated bibliography will explore the themes of land-based healing, outdoor educational experiences, physiological responses and measurement to being outdoors, and environmental and human health in Indigenous communities. They will join a work group discussing refining a land-based healing model, which other Indigenous Nations can implement across the world. Andrea will co-develop a community report on land-based healing and wellness to be shared with communities in the PNW and across the US and New Zealand.

Organization: Nature and Health (N&H)


Ava Hays, Ocean Literacy Intern

B.Sc. Environmental Studies, Minor in Marine Biology, UW Seattle

Photo of Ava HaysAva Hays (she/her/hers) is an upcoming senior studying Environmental Studies with a minor in Marine Biology at the University of Washington. This summer she is excited to work with WOAC as the Ocean Literacy intern for EarthLab. After declaring her minor in winter of 2020 and realizing her passion for environmental education, she is ecstatic to work on an 8th grade lesson plan that addresses ocean acidification. She is passionate about environmental equity and inclusion, wildlife conservation, and ecology. Outside of the cohort, Ava spends her time hiking, reading poetry, and bugging her little sister!

Ava is developing a middle school-level lesson plan using networked ocean data available on the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) Visualization System (NVS), including the WOAC data, on ocean acidification related content. The lesson plan slide deck and accompanying worksheets will be published on the NANOOS and WOAC websites increasing visibility and usage throughout the region.

Organization: Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)


Chloe Rabinowitz, Zooplankton Diversity Intern

B.Sc. Environmental Science and Resource Management, UW Seattle

Photo of Chloe RabinowitzChloe Rabinowitz (she/her) comes to the University of Washington where she’s studying Environmental Science & Resource Management with a minor in Spanish. During her coursework at UW and her ecological internships, she became passionate about connecting people with nature through community-based collaborations and bridging science and social justice. Chloe is excited to be interning with WOAC as the zooplankton biodiversity intern. In her free time, she loves exploring Seattle and its local farmer’s markets.

Chloe is working in collaboration with NOAA and UW Oceanography to explore zooplankton diversity in the Salish Sea. She will quantify molecular/taxonomic gaps in the taxa public database, extract the DNA from zooplankton species of interest, sequence and assemble the mitochondrial genomes using a nanopore sequencer, and have an opportunity to be an author in any mitogenome announcements that result from this work.

Organization: Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)


Hailey Germeau, Climate and Health Risk Tool Intern

B.Sc. Environmental Science-Geoscience, UW Tacoma

Photo of Hailey GermeauHailey Germeau (she/her) is an aspiring Geoscientist, joining EarthLab as a Climate Health Risk Tool intern with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). She is currently studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Geosciences at the University of Washington Tacoma and holds an Associate in Arts and Communications from the South Puget Sound Community College. Hailey is passionate about studying the effects of climate change on geohazards and extreme climate events, as well as their impact on human health and the environment. After graduating in 2023, she hopes to gain career experience in the geoscience field before going on to pursue a master’s degree in earth and space sciences.

Hailey is working to improve and share the Climate and Health Risk Tool, which helps visualizes climate-sensitive hazards such as heat, pollen, wildfire smoke, and floods, and provide risk reduction recommendations. She is helping finalize its operation, evaluating its performance against observed data and other risk indices, and preparing a standardized approach to adding modules. 

Organization: Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)


Heaven Denham, Green Schoolyard Project Intern

B.SC. Environmental Science-Geoscience, UW Tacoma

Heaven Denham (she/her) is an aspiring environmental scientist, joining EarthLab as an intern on the Green Schoolyards project with the Trust For Public Land. She is graduating in 2023 with a degree in Environmental Science, concentrating in Geoscience from the University of Washington Tacoma. She is passionate about environmental justice, Indigenous rights, and everything earth science related.

Heaven is supporting community engagement efforts to promote the Green Schoolyards project, which aims to renovate and open the public five existing schoolyards in Tacoma’s Eastside. The schoolyards provide quality nature experiences for community members that will increase health, education, and climate/environmental justice and benefits. She is helping assemble a toolkit to share evaluation measures and other findings with practitioners and researchers. She will attend community meetings (virtual or in-person), community celebrations, local events, community input and feedback sessions, and engage with local partners.

Organization: Nature and Health (N&H)


Jenine Shafi, Grant Application Support Intern

B.Sc. Public Health-Global Health, Minors in Anthropology and Data Science, UW Seattle

Photo of Jenine ShafiJenine Shafi (she/her) is an aspiring infectious disease epidemiologist, joining EarthLab as the Grants Application Support intern with the Center for Health and Global Environment (CHanGE). She is an incoming fourth-year student at the University of Washington, Seattle majoring in Public Health-Global Health with minors in Anthropology and Data Science. After taking several UW epidemiology courses, Jenine became passionate about reducing stigma toward and improving equitable prevention and treatment methods for HIV and other STIs.

Jenine is supporting content creation for Lancet Countdown/NEJM Climate Collaborative, in addition to supporting grant applications, research publication, and partner organization collaboration.

Organization: Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)


María Magdalena Navarro, Community Engagement Intern

B.Sc. Public Health-Global Health & B.A. American Ethnic Studies, UW Seattle

Photo of Maria NavarroMaría Magdalena Navaro (she/her/ella) comes to EarthLab from the University of Washington Seattle where she is studying Public Health-Global Health and American Ethnic Studies. Growing up, she recognized the disparities in health care due to her parents’ experiences in the agriculture industry and became passionate about migrant farmworker health and epidemiology. She hopes to study how pesticide exposure affects farmworker communities in the Pacific Northwest as a graduate student. María is excited to be interning with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) as a Climate Health Risk Tool Intern.

María is working to improve and share the Climate and Health Risk Tool which helps visualizes climate-sensitive hazards such as heat, pollen, wildfire smoke, and floods, and provide risk reduction recommendations. She is helping identify potential users, gain feedback about usability, and develop public-facing documentation for end-users. María is working with the tool’s software engineer to translate it from English to Spanish to increase the its accessibility to Spanish-speaking communities across Washington.

Organization: Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)


Rachel Luther, Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC) Intern

B.Sc. Environmental Studies & B.A. Political Science, UW Seattle

Photo of Rachel LutherRachel Luther (she/her) comes to EarthLab from the University of Washington where she graduated in June 2022 with a double degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. While growing up in a rural Washington town, she became passionate about adapting to climate change. Rachel is excited to be interning with the UW Climate Impacts Group as the Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative Intern on their Rural Resiliency Portfolio. She plans to go to law school and pursue her passions for climate justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and connecting people to the environment through food and recreation.

Rachel is supporting capacity building efforts for the Chelan County Climate Resilience Strategy implementation process, and engagement efforts with community partners in one additional rural county (TBD Spring 2022). She will conduct literature reviews, synthesize meeting results and research to support each community, and develop communications materials.

Organization: Climate Impacts Group (CIG) 


Sophie Jenness, Ocean Acidification Intern

B.Sc. Oceanography, Minors in Chemistry & Climate Science, UW Seattle

Photo of Sophie JennessSophie Jenness (she/her) is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she is studying oceanography with minors in chemistry and climate science. She is excited to be interning with EarthLab and the Washington Ocean Acidification Center this summer. She is passionate about understanding the ocean’s role in climate, as well as conservation and climate justice, and she enjoys spending time hiking and beach-combing.

Sophie is learning sampling techniques and attending a 5-day Salish Sea cruise to collect ocean acidification variables and plankton samples. She will assist with preparation and follow up from the cruise, including amplifying the crew’s experiences on social media. She will learn new methodologies for measuring pH and conduct data analysis on a subset of the data as an independent research project to present to WOAC personnel.

Organization: Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)


Wilhelmina Demissie, Ocean Acidification Intern

B.Sc. Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology, UW Seattle

Photo of Wilhelmina DemissieWilhelmina Demissie (she/her) comes to EarthLab from University of Washington where she is majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. After visiting Friday Harbor Labs, she became passionate about conservation of aquatic ecosystems. Wilhelmina is thrilled to be interning with the WOAC as an Ocean Acidification intern to learn more about the effects of ocean acidification on these ecosystems.

Wilhelmina is learning sampling techniques and attending a 5-day Salish Sea cruise to collect ocean acidification variables and plankton samples. She will assist with preparation and follow up from the cruise, including amplifying the crew’s experiences on social media. She will learn new methodologies for studying plankton and conduct data analysis on a subset of the data as an independent research project to present to WOAC personnel.

Organization: Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)

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