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Jessica Johnstone

Jessica moved to this area nearly two years ago. She was born and raised a southerner -- in Georgia. Jessica expressed a fondness for nature at an early age. This has led to a long educational pursuit of some environmental-conservation-related career field. Jessica is currently a student at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, and will soon move on to CSU to complete her Bachelor's degree. 
Jessica is researching sustainable methods of water retention applied specifically to the hydrology of the Gunnison Basin.

Mary Cruz

Mary was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After graduating high school she went on to further her education by enrolling in Community College of Denver. She will soon be transferring to a four year university to receive her Bachelors degree in Environmental Science. Mary has an immense appreciation for nature and hopes to contribute to the wellness of our environment.

Mary is researching the devastating effects of acid rock drainage and acid mine drainage on the Snake River located in Keystone, Colorado. Mary is part of INSTAAR, Diane McKnight group.

Amanda Brenner

Amanda has lived in Fort Collins for three and a half years. She grew up in Ohio, and has travelled all over the world; she moved to Colorado from Italy. Amanda says, “Those experiences are what made me want to go into earth science -- living in Colorado, I have learned a lot about water and how much of the world is affected by not having enough of it”. Amanda is planning to study watershed science at CSU. She will be transferring from FRCC Larimer to CSU this coming fall semester. 

Patrick Baber

Patrick studies at Front Range Community College in Longmont, and is hoping to transfer to CU next summer to study Limnology.

Patrick grew up in Chicago but has visited family in Boulder for the last 15 years and has called the foothills home since 2009. When not studying, Patrick enjoys fly fishing, exploring different mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Montana.

Andrea Weber

Andrea was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. She spent many years enjoying hiking, camping, fishing, and catching snakes and insects. She was fortunate enough to move to beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado eight years ago, where she can enjoy these activities even more. Andrea is currently attending Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, where she is studying and working towards going to the University of Wyoming for Wildlife Biology. She plans to continue her hard work in the field and in the office, in hopes of one day becoming a Wildlife researcher. 

Caihong VanderBurgh

Caihong moved to the United States three and half years ago from China. She is currently living in Westminster, Colorado. This spring, she earned her Associate of Science degree from Front Range Community College Westminster. She will be attending Metro State University this fall and plans to major in biology, which she loves. Caihong loves to go hiking and biking with her dogs in the mountains.

Moana Sato

Moana grew up in Hawaii where she swam around and danced hula until she finished her Early Childhood Education degree at Kauai Community College. Moana moved to Denver and began her studies at the Community College of Denver. After taking a few classes in biology and calculus for pre-nursing, Moana was eager to learn more in the STEM fields. She is excited for the new knowledge to be gained from the RECCS internship. 

Joseph Gomora

Joseph (Joey) is studying at Front Range Community College Larimer Campus. Joey’s area of study is Geology and he will be applying to Colorado School of Mines and CU Boulder to transfer in fall of 2016. Joey grew up in Southern California, and lived in many different places, but Colorado is the best fit. With some of the most unique geology in the world right in his backyard, this seems to be a great place for someone who has been obsessed with rocks and minerals. The more he learns the faster his interest grows.