Marine Science Internship at GA DNR: Coastal Resources Division (CRD)
Author: Cameron Atkinson
Faculty Supervisor: C. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.
Community Partner: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Coastal Resources Division (CRD) strives to balance coastal development and protection of the coast’s natural assets, socio-cultural heritage and recreational resources for the benefit of present and future generations. This summer, I had the opportunity to assist CRD in their mission while working as an intern supported by a Georgia Natural Resources Foundation scholarship. Throughout the summer, I was afforded the opportunity to assist the Wetlands, Coastal Management, Fisheries, Fish Habitat, and Water Quality groups with their on-going projects. While working with each of the groups, I gained a wide variety of skills and provided contributions toward their objectives. I was able to contribute by assisting with field work, data collection, and report compilation. Amassing a wide breadth of experiences has undoubtedly helped to prepare me for graduate school and my future career. My time at CRD proved to grow my passion for marine science exponentially and helped to solidify my career goal of working as a fisheries biologist for a government agency.