MCCF welcomes Colby College student Ella Webber as she interns in our education center, Discovery Wharf this summer. A native of Colorado and environmental science major, she is passionate about the environment and climate change advocacy. Her interest in the environment was influenced by a personal experience. “Growing up in Boulder, I have experienced the devastating effects of wildfires on both the day-to-day life of humans and the integrity of the natural landscape. I wanted to help protect the landscapes that are important to us and also give back for all the resources those same landscapes provide us with,” shares Ella.
When asked why she wanted to intern with MCCF, she said, “I visit Deer Isle every summer to visit my family, and have always loved the area for all of the boating and beachcombing opportunities. When I saw that you had summer intern positions, I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to spend the summer here. Deer Isle and Stonington are very unique places because of how tied the communities are with the health of the ocean environment, I was very excited to be able to learn how the people here have chosen to protect that vital resource.” Ella hopes to gain insight in how scientific information can be gathered and spread in communities in order to create the best possible policies for fishery management. “These policies must be a two-way street and being able to replicate the work done at MCCF in other locations could be very useful in the management of other community resources.”
When not in the classroom, Ella enjoys supporting the sports teams on campus, hiking, and enjoying both Nordic and alpine skiing during the winter months. Before she heads back to school, she hopes to get out on the clamflats and eat as many steamers as possible. If you visit Discovery Wharf this summer, you'll be welcomed and shown around by Ella. Welcome to the team!
Photo courtesy of Ella Webber