Science Education Intern
Originally hailing from New York City, Dana Colihan is currently a rising senior studying Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in Ohio. Within that major, she focuses on Environmental Justice, in particular how indigenous communities in North America and the Middle East are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to resources and environmental degradation. Dana fostered a love of marine science growing up summering on Monhegan Island, and has maintained this interest throughout college despite going to school in a land-locked state. Last summer as a coral reef ecology intern at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas, Dana conducted and participated in field and lab research related to coral nurseries, fish abundance, and the effects of climate change on essential species. Perhaps her favorite part of the experience was working with visiting educational programs and showing students how to dissect the invasive and venomous lionfish. Dana looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm surrounding the marine environment to students as science educator at Hurricane Island this summer, and can’t wait to be on another isolated island!