West Coast Ecology Research

This summer, I have an internship with the Rafferty Lab from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). As a large public university in California, UCR is committed to research, diversity and inclusion. I am assisting one of Dr. Nicole Rafferty’s PhD. students, Elijah Hall, on projects involving pollination ecology. We are residing at the White Mountain Research Center (WMRC) in the White Mountains, CA to conduct field research for the summer. Each day, I assist Elijah on data collection, entry and analysis, while also working on an independent project.

Moving to California for the summer has been an amazing opportunity. I am eager to learn more data collection techniques, study plant/ pollinator relationships and connect with other graduate students/ faculty this summer. I am confident that this internship will help me become a stronger candidate for graduate school and increase my research skill set. I am looking forward to diving deeper into this incredible opportunity and gaining more hands-on research experience this summer.

Elizabeth Kenny

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2 Responses to West Coast Ecology Research

  1. Blake Hammert says:


    This sounds like an incredible experience, and great weather! I would love to hear more about the data collection techniques you currently are using and will be using in the future! I agree that this will help you be a better candidate for graduate school. What does your independent project have to do with? Does it align with/stem from Elijah’s thesis?

    Best of luck with the rest of the summer!

  2. Colin Sommers says:

    Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you are enjoying your internship. It must be awesome to move out to California for the summer, the picture you included makes it look incredible. I also wish you luck with your own personal research project. I hope you get the desired outcome.

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