Alaina Eckert

Title

Program Intern

Education

B.S. in Biology and German
University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI, USA)

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Originally from Sussex, Wisconsin, I learned to love the outdoors from an early age. Regular trips to state parks and Devil’s Lake in the Wisconsin Dells sparked my intense interest for general ecology and discovering how different parts of the environment fit together. Overtime, my interests grew to include foreign cultures and the ways different cultural views influence the world. These interests were combined when I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in Biology and German.

I was fortunate enough to study abroad with SFS in Bocas del Toro, Panama in 2018 where I observed the relationship between algal communities in coastal towns and increased urbanization. Upon returning from Panama, I realized how valuable hands on learning is to understanding natural ecology, and decided to pursue a field research position in the Limnology department at UW-Madison, studying the effects of varied winter snowfall on lakes in northern Wisconsin. In summer of 2019, I interned with Endangered Resource Services LLC in St. Croix Falls Wisconsin, which encouraged my love of field work and general ecology.

My love for ecology; however, has rivaled my desire to work with students. For seven years, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with various ages of students during the summer, teaching, mentoring and having fun all the while. I am so excited to be a part of SFS and the wonderful work they are doing combining hands on learning in the biological and cultural field, and to be a part of investing in the next generation of students.