A new semester means new interns, and we are thrilled to have five wonderful and talented interns on the Baykeeper team this fall. They have lived everywhere from Alaska, Russia, and Orlando to right here in Coastal Alabama. Their interests range from German and Geography to Sustainability and Wildlife Conservation. As you can see, they are quite the unique and diverse group. Here's a chance to get to know them a little better!
Ryane Buck, Program & Communications Intern
Ryane is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a passion for sustainability and learning about the environment. She received a B.A. in Russian and German Languages and Literatures in 2013 and shortly thereafter moved to Vladimir, Russia, where she worked as an English teacher. Since her return to the Gulf Coast last year, she has decided to spend some quality time in her hometown of Mobile. She reached out to Mobile Baykeeper this summer after learning about our work in the community, hoping to help out while gaining a deeper understanding of the local environment.
As Program & Communications Intern, Ryane uses her writing and editing skills to create informative articles and fact sheets on some of Baykeeper’s major issues and campaigns. She has also assisted with editing grants as well as developing and maintaining an updated press list of local and regional media contacts. Ultimately, she wants to put the knowledge she gains at Baykeeper to use in a career focused on environmental policy. She currently works for Publix Supermarkets and is a writer for the Mobile Arts Council. In her free time she enjoys drawing, reading, and spending time with her housemates and pets.
Heather Glass, Program Intern
Born in Atmore, AL, Heather is a tribal member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Although native to South Alabama, she has traveled throughout much of the United States and lived in Alaska for a period of time. However, she has always enjoyed being around water and has a great appreciation for the beauty and environment of the Gulf Coast. Heather is currently a senior at the University of South Alabama pursing a degree in Geography and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
As Program Intern, Heather is responsible for data analysis of various pollution sources affecting local waterways and actively researching the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan. By interning with Mobile Baykeeper, Heather hopes to become a certified water quality monitor and gain knowledge on how to better educate the public on environmental issues. She is an active community volunteer and is very enthusiastic about protecting our environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids.
Leslie Ann Brooke Hill, Program Intern
Leslie is a native of North Baldwin County and grew up enjoying the biodiversity surrounding the Tensaw River. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Sociology from the University of South Alabama in May 2016. During this time, she was also involved with a variety of events encouraging young girls to pursue success in science.
As Program Intern, Leslie has reviewed RESTORE Act claims and compiled sewer overflow data from Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS). She has also assisted the Development Director with the coordination of membership renewal letters and end of the year letters. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in wildlife conservation on the Gulf Coast.
Dane Leach, Program Intern
Growing up, Dane had the opportunity to live all over the United States. At an early age he became fascinated with the diverse landscapes in our country, particularly the coastal environments. After living in Coastal Alabama for the past 11 years, the vast biodiversity of the area inspired him to pursue a career in environmental science.
Dane graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, and plans to continue studying at the graduate level. Although his background is in geology, he also found hydrology particularly intriguing throughout the course of his studies – especially with regards to surface and groundwater remediation techniques.
As Program Intern, Dane tests water quality of local creeks, performs file review to determine if local facilities are complying with relevant permits, and assists with construction stormwater inspections. He has studied how to implement techniques to enhance the removal of nutrients as well as coastal nutrient input through groundwater discharge into Mobile Bay, both of which he presented at the Geological Society of America Southeastern Conference. He plans to apply the skills he has developed to work with Baykeeper staff to develop a better understanding of the human impact to our coastal waters.
Shannon Regan, Education & Outreach Intern
Shannon grew up in Orlando, Florida but now attends high school at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science here in Mobile. As a senior, she is currently applying to colleges and plans to double major in Astronomy and Environmental Science. Eventually, she aspires to attain a PhD in both of these fields.
Growing up in Florida laid the foundation for her interest in Environmental Science. She grew up enjoying Florida’s coast and natural springs but was all too aware of the pollution produced by a popular tourism destination like Orlando. Her dream is to develop innovative green-technology and help the scientific community discover and spread knowledge about the universe to the rest of the community.
As Education and Outreach intern, Shannon works alongside the Education & Outreach Coordinator and primarily focuses on the #ReduceTheUse Campaign to encourage local businesses and individuals to reduce their use of single-use plastic materials and prevent these items from littering local waterways. She has also assisted the Program staff with water quality monitoring throughout different areas of Three Mile Creek. By doing this, she hopes to help make Mobile a more environmentally community.