I had the privilege of completing my Environmental Studies internship as a Field Biologist for Clarke Eco-Science and Sustainability (CES). I was tasked with applying conservation and restoration techniques to help rebuild native ecosystems within the urban environment - combining ecological knowledge into the design and landscape of projects in order to maximize the ecological services that nature provides on its own.
"I am so grateful to my professors, and the staff at King's who helped me get this opportunity."
I worked on a diverse range of projects including integrating rainwater from residential eaves-troughs into constructed wetlands containing native wetland plants and invasive species controls; seed collection from the North Saskatchewan river valley, germination and plant production. I also got to be involved with field data collection and assessments of biomass and soils in different storm-water management facilities.
I have gained valuable skills through this internship that are going to help push me forward in my future endeavours. Along with the incredible field research I was a part of, I also got the chance to prepare for my Construction Completion Certificate (CCC) and Final Acceptance Certification (FAC).
I loved being a Filed-Biologist for the summer mostly because I was able to bring nature back into urban environments. I hope that I can continue working to advance efforts toward ecological naturalization in the City of Edmonton, and beyond.