Maddie Brownfield - Education and Outreach Fellow -- September 2021 - August 2022
Maddie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in May 2021 from the University of Missouri. In college, she developed a love for marine conservation and diving, even in the murky lakes of the midwest. After spending a few weeks in Thailand her junior year, assisting with the restoration of coral reefs and learning about marine ecology, she knew this was the field for her. Maddie joined the REEF intern team in May 2021. As a Marine Conservation Intern, Maddie mixed her love of videography with educational outreach and worked on developing a series of promotional videos for REEF. As the Education and Outreach Lead Intern, Maddie will be assisting in coordinating and teaching educational programs and workshops at the REEF campus, offsite, and virtually. She will also be working to promote REEF through outreach events such as Into The Blue Book Club and on various social media platforms. Maddie is thrilled to be stepping into this role and is excited to continue exploring her creative skills, love of working with people, and passion for marine conservation.
Summer Huber - Conservation Science Fellow -- May 2021-September 2022
Summer graduated from Purdue University in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While in college, she conducted research on the effects of microplastics on several zooplankton and fish species in the Hook Fish Ecology Lab. She attended a study abroad trip in Belize where she learned the principles of lionfish collection and dissection, explored ancient Mayan ruins, and conducted marine conservation projects. Summer started with REEF in January 2021 as a Marine Conservation Intern. During her internship she planned an ocean-themed paint and sip event, coordinated lionfish derby registration, and completed her PADI Rescue Diver certification. Summer has many roles as the Conservation Science Lead Intern: she works with other program leads to support to Invasive Species Program projects and events; she participates in conservation science research efforts; and she acts as an internship leader for current Marine Conservation Interns. In the future, Summer plans to attend graduate school and study marine biology and ecology. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a Fellow with REEF, and is ready to continue advocating for marine life, participating in outreach events, and coordinating the Lionfish Derby Series.