Having just completed her ECSU course requirements for a B.S. in Geology, and looking for math and science graduate school opportunities, Crystal was an ideal candidate for a summer internship with Dr. Ruth Varner's study of wetland ecosystem chemistry. Crystal arrived with research experience, having spentthe previous two summers as a climate studies intern.
In summer 2011 she was a RESESS intern (Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students) in Boulder, Colorado. Her study, Climate Change Affecting Tropical Cyclone Activity, compared 100-year-old data with current data, finding that tropical cyclone activity has been increasing.
In summer 2012 she received a NOAA-based Ernest F. Hollings scholarship for an internship at the Northeast River Forecast Center, a National Weather Service Station in Taunton, Mass. She created an ARC GIS and Google Earth interface for determining high-hazard N.E. dams.
Funded by NH Space Grant Consortium, Crystal's 2013 UNH internship focuses on biogeochemical studies of a wetland ecosystem at a site in Barrington, N.H.—a long-term research site named "Sallies Fen." She is collecting methane and CO2 samples in this temperate peatland, then measuring fluxes and analyzing the data in a Morse Hall laboratory.
As for a future in research, Crystal is definitely interested in climate change, climatology, and possibly meteorology. She loves math and sciences and looks toward the day when she might be an investigator in her own research lab.
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