EAST ALTON – Betsy Papin and Jacob Futrell are two
local college students currently interning with the National Great Rivers
Research and Education Center (NGRRECsm).
Betsy Papin is
currently studying criminal justice at Southern Illinois
University-Edwardsville. She previously attended Lewis and Clark Community
College, where she studied criminal justice.
Papin is working
with Danelle Haake, NGRREC’s RiverWatch director and stream ecologist to test
local water samples to monitor fecal bacteria found in the Prairie Du Pont
watershed. Heartlands Conservancy is a partner organization on this project.
I have seen work done by NGRREC and I’ve always had great respect for their
work,” Papin said. “I felt this would be a great fit for me because not only do
I learn about the local ecosystem and work on projects, I am able to apply
those lessons into teaching the community the findings of the internship.”
Jacob Futrell is
attending Lewis and Clark Community College for his Associate in Engineering
Sciences (AES). He plans to pursue an environmental engineering degree after
working with Justin Shew, NGRREC’s conservation project manager, to test the
use of acoustic monitors in detecting Eastern Whip-poor-wills by sound at two
local sites in Southwestern Illinois. The goal of this project is to determine
their habitat use, leading to a better understanding of this species’ needs and
guiding land management policy.
is an opportunity to work in a field I enjoy and work towards my future career
goals,” Futrell said. “I hope to gain experience in the field and learn real
life applications for my field of study.”
Futrell will be
continuing his internship experience with NGRREC this summer.
information on NGRREC internships visit http://www.ngrrec.org/Internship/ or contact Sarah Fisher, Director of
Environmental Education at (618) 468-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC ℠ )
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.