Biodiversity Center Interns

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Savannah Benes

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies

Spring 2017 – present: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Savannah is a senior at USC from San Diego, CA. She is currently majoring in environmental studies, and wants to pursue a career in marine biology. In her free time, Savannah likes to scuba dive, go to concerts, play with puppies, and bartend.

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Katharine Balakhovsky

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies; minor: Cinematic Arts

Spring 2017 – present: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Fall 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center volunteer

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Katya is a student at the University of Southern California, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Cinematic Arts. She is a member of the USC Ski and Snowboard team and of the USC ENST Scientific Dive Team. She enjoys spending time in nature and interacting with all sorts of different animals. She also likes to travel, draw, and go to concerts.

2016

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Dong Joon Nam

Grover Cleveland Charter High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Dong Joon Nam is a rising senior attending Grover Cleveland Charter High School. He joined us through Advanced Research and Internship Program (ARIP) in Summer 2016. He not only has great passion for Marine & Coastal Science, but also has interest for Biology, Environmental Science, and sustainable practices in various fields including archaeology. Being a So Cal native, Eric has visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on many school field trips and is very thrilled to work at the Marine Biodiversity Center.

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Greg Bae

Oakton High School, VA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Greg is a rising senior at Oakton High School in Virginia. He is very passionate in the field of STEM, especially physics and engineering. He was originally interested in engineering but gained a lot of perspective in molecular biology during this internship. He loves researching and learning new things about the world. He is also on the school’s debate team and golf team, so he loves going outside and traveling. He hopes to go into the field of engineering or science in college.

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Gyuna Kim

Saint James High School, Montgomery, AL

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Gyuna is a rising senior at Saint James high school in Montgomery, AL. She spends time with her robotics team and is interested in STEM areas, especially engineering. She is excited to gain further experience in marine biodiversity.

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Irene Lee

West Ranch High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Irene is a rising senior at West Ranch High School located in Southern California. She enjoys learning about various subjects, especially in the STEM field. Irene joined ARIP this summer to learn more about molecular biology and biodiversity and is excited to work with Marine Biodiversity staff at the Natural History Museum.

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Julianne Lee

Palos Verdes High School, CA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Julianne is currently a rising sophomore at Palos Verdes High School. She has a strong interest in biomechanics and anatomy. During her free time, she likes to paint pictures, dance, sing, travel, and swim. If you could describe her in four words, she is very passionate, diligent, supportive, and adventurous. Her dream is to become a dentist or a taxonomist.

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Jungyun (Jenny) Jang

McLean High School, VA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Jenny graduated from McLean High School in Virginia. She is trying to gain experience in many fields, and has an interest in biology. She had such a fun time working in the lab! She learned so much from working with good people. She now hopes to pursue biology because she was inspired from passionate teachers.

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Yun Lee

Camden County College Camden, NJ

Major: Biology

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Yun started his freshman year at Rutgers and is continuing his sophmore education at Camden County College. As an undergraduate he is studying biology and is interested in branching off to forensics.

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Marcus Leher

Harvard-Westlake High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Marcus is a sophomore at Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City. He is passionate about science and math, and has always loved observing nature and animals. He is also on his school swim team, and enjoys playing table tennis during his free time. Marcus hopes to major in a STEM related field after graduating high school.

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Lynn Song

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Science and Health, Economics

Spring 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Lynn is a junior at the University of Southern California double majoring in Environmental Science and Economics. She is interested in environmental policy and sustainable practices in various fields including industry. Being a So Cal native, she has come to the Natural History Museum on many school field trips and she is very excited to work at the Marine Biodiversity Center. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, making ceramics, golfing, and taking long walks on the beach.

2015

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Eilen Itzel Mena

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Roski School of Art & Design and Price School of Public Policy

Fall 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

I am from the Bronx, New York and am now living in Los Angeles attending the University of Southern California studying Fine Art and Urban Planning. I am interested in cultural preservation in the urban areas through the arts. I like to consider myself as a renaissance woman, loving the humanities but trying to get into STEM. I am excited to be working as the Art Intern for the Marine Biodiversity Center at the Natural History Museum.

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Matthew Enloe

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies

Fall 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Matthew is a So Cal native majoring in Environmental Studies. He is interested in sustainable food production including aquaculture, hydroponics, and entomophagy (eating bugs). In his free time he enjoys skateboarding, knitting, gardening, and skepticism.

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Kelsey Bailey

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Political Science, minor in Photography

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Fall 2012 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Kelsey is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Photography. She used to fear worms, but after her first day curating Polychaetes (marine worms), she is slowly getting used to them (after all they are no longer alive). She is fond of antiquated forms of photography, voluminous clouds, eclectic music, coffee, butterflies and being sassy.

2014

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Cordelia Xie

Princeton University

Major: Public and International Affairs with emphasis in Health and Wellbeing

Summer 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Cordelia is a rising junior at Princeton University majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with an emphasis in Health and Wellbeing. She is interested in the public health implications of the changes urbanization has had on biodiversity. She has always been passionate about art and does a bit of drawing and painting, so she is very excited to work at the NHM over the summer. Cordelia enjoys everything Japanese, ranging from dramas to Pocky. Being on the east coast during the school year, she is enjoying every bit of the California sun.

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Jenessa Wall — Assistant Collections Manager

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (B.Sc. 2014)

Summer 2014 – present: Marine Biodiversity Center staff

Summer 2014 – Summer 2015: BioSCAN staff

2013 – Summer 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2013 – Summer 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2011 – Summer 2012: NSF Decapoda intern

Summer 2011 – Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Jenessa graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. During her undergraduate years she spent summers working in the Marine Biodiversity Center curating the marine invertebrate collections and helping to build the Tree of Life: Decapoda database of digitized taxonomic reprints. Jenessa returned to the lab as Assistant Collections Manager in 2014 where she curates and maintains the collections.

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Jennifer Shen

University of California, Berkeley and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (M.S. 2014)

Major: Environmental Engineering

Fall 2012 – Fall 2013: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Spring 2013 – Fall 2013: BioSCAN student

Spring 2014: BioSCAN intern

Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Jennifer is a first-year Masters student studying Environmental Engineering. As an undergrad at the University of California Berkeley, she studied Environmental Science and Economics. She enjoys exploring zoos and museums, especially ones with dinosaurs because they are very interesting and exciting.

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Brian Shaw

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Summer 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center volunteer

Brian Shaw is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Ever since he could remember, he has had an affinity for all sciences including biology. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music — classical, rock, and electronica — on top of hanging out with friends. Other hobbies include reading comics, playing the piano, and surfing the web.

2012

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Silke Ann Mariz Mariano

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2011 – Spring 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Silke Ann is a sophomore majoring in Biophysics and hopefully minoring in Astronomy. She loves stargazing (not happening in LA), travelling, reading, anime and pandas(!). Whenever she has time, she watches Asian romantic comedy dramas and plays badminton or tennis. She is nocturnal. She has been in close proximity with the ocean all her life, having lived in the Philippines up to the age of 13 and Hawaii until she was 18.

2006

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Lai Shan Mui

Fall 2004 – Spring 2006: NSF Isopods intern

Fall 2004 – Spring 2006: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Scientific illustration.

2005

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Rachel Stern

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Biology

Summer 2005: NSF Isopods intern

Summer 2005: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Rachel is doing an internship in the lab summer 2005. She's having a smorgasbord of learning experiences from specimen sorting, extracting, amplifying, sequencing isopod DNA, to editing sequences. Rachel is hoping to get a SCUBA certification soon and pursue her interests in marine biology.

2003

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Steve Melendrez

Fall 2003: NSF Isopods intern

Fall 2003: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Scientific illustration.

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Aaron Sunshine

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Summer 2003: NSF Isopods intern

Summer 2003: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Digitization of isopod technical literature.