Every two weeks, we'll be introducing a member of our team to everyone! You know their names already, but we wanted to go a bit more in depth (and fun) and really get to know them!
Elizabeth graciously accepted the nomination to be our first Spotlight. Elizabeth Espey is our intern and we're so excited for you to meet her!
What is your name?
What are you studying in school and what do you wish to do in the future?
I am a senior at Texas A&M University, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with a focus in Wildlife Ecology, projected to graduate August 2018. Within Wildlife Management, I prefer to focus on the conservation of marine mammals. Due to much of their habitats being inaccessible, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has many beaked whales listed as data deficient. I would like to gather more data on these animals and take part in their preservation. My goal centers on the desire to prevent further loss of these animals as a result of habitat loss or degradation, changing environmental conditions, or use of certain fishing techniques.
What attracted you to being an intern at STEM-VRSE?
There are many components that made interning at STEM-VRSE an attractive option. Aside from the simple application process and moving mission, the main reason I decided to intern at STEM-VRSE was the team. STEM-VRSE is made of many individuals that are very focused and devoted to their mission and helping each other and the world. They are much warmer and focused on their goals than any company I have thus far worked with or looked to work with.
What do you want to learn while working with STEM-VRSE?
I hope to learn more about the world; how people interact in a company, how they interact with people outside of the company to achieve their goals, how funding is accumulated and how people change and adapt as they achieve their goals and grow as a company.
What research interests you the most?
I am most interested in the study of human animal interactions and how those interactions can affect diversity.
What ingredient in an omelet would you be and why?
I would be the cheese because when I am present in a team I add a distinct flare and flavor. Omelets are still pretty great without cheese, but when you throw some swiss or mozzarella in there, it turns into this delicious stringy beautiful mess. I’m also horribly cheesy.
Tell us your best Dad Joke™
I have a few but this one is my favorite. How many tickles does it take to tickle an octopus?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TENtickles!