By Katrin Riesenberg, 2017
From August 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017 Katrin had the chance to do an internship with Dr. Lei Lani Stelle at the University of Redlands, California working on her project “Whale mAPP” and the data base students have been collecting data for since 2012.
She was given an ArcGIS account by esri that she used to work on the maps, organize and analyze data and create a story map. She attended a GIS beginners class (more or less accidentally, as it was held in her “office”) and Lei Lani’s lectures where she learned a lot and got to know the students she worked with in the field.
A typical week in her internship would include working from home on the ID sections of Whale mAPP in the morning, going in to work on the mega map and the data base for the rest of the day and collecting data in the field at at least one day on the weekend.
In order to prepare for her internship she researched marine mammal biology and created a very basic set of notes. Katrin’s aims were to learn all the scientific vocabularies she had not known before, gain at least basic knowledge about the Southern California Bight and the species of marine mammals native to that area, gain basic knowledge of marine mammal biology and oceanography, and the impacts of humans on marine mammals.
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