GEM Environmental is proud to welcome our newest team member Samantha Salazar! Samantha is our new GEM Corps AML Geographer's Assistant! Welcome to the team Samantha!
Samantha Salazar is originally from Arizona but now resides in Albuquerque, NM. Her interests include ecology, GIS, and conservation work. She values STEM education because it opens a world of wonder and imagination of our physical world.
Please provide a brief description highlighting your work/area of focus.
My area of focus is geography and GIS. My BS is in Geography/Environmental Studies and Evolutionary Anthropology. Which has shaped my focus on my area of work.
What do you plan to accomplish during your service term with GEM?
Samantha plans to accomplish learning about geography/geology fieldwork and the natural environment and applying her technical knowledge to better understand the natural world.
What are your career goals?
My career goals are to make an awareness of environmental security by becoming a NEPA Planner or a GIS specialist.
Do you plan to continue your education? If so, what programs or school are you looking into and what is the highest degree you plan to earn?
I am always looking for ways to further my knowledge in all things relating to environmental studies. If possible I would love to get a Ph.D. in environmental security or environmental policy.
Have you had any other internship or service opportunities before this? If so, how do you believe internships have benefited you so far?
I personally have never heard of an internship opportunity where I go out into the field and apply it to systems. I think this is a really great opportunity for Geography/Environmental studies students to get hands-on experience to understand physical data translation to geographic systems.
Anything else you'd like to share about your work, yourself, or the STEM fields?
One-touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
—William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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