Meet the interns

We have the best interns, end of story.

Just kidding, that’s not the end. This is a blog, we’ll always have more to say. Read below to learn about each of our interns and how they’ve contributed their unique skills to this blog as well as our sister site over at

Yasmine Carcamo is an undergraduate Honors student majoring in marine biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). She interned with the Socio-Economics Group during the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, helping to research and organize hundreds of ecosystem service journal articles for the database. (Photo by James Smith)

Michael Young is the vice president of the undergraduate Honors program, majoring in biomedical science at TAMUCC. He interned in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, taking on various tasks related to reviewing and sorting journal articles destined to be uploaded to the database. “I enjoy spending time outdoors with my close friends, and occasionally going golfing. There’s nothing more valuable than spending quality time with those you love.” (Photo by Rod Young)

Emma Morrow is an undergraduate Honors student at TAMUCC majoring in business with a focus on marketing and communications. During the spring of 2020, Emma helped plan out our overall social media plan. She also interviewed and wrote about all of the Contributors for this blog. Emma is continuing her internship through the fall of 2020. In her free time, Emma loves to craft. She is very well rounded in her hobby, and loves to see what she can create from her wild imagination. “I love painting, drawing, writing, building, designing… basically anything that keeps my hands and mind busy.” (Photo by David Jaxson)

Grace Rush is an undergraduate Honors student at TAMUCC, majoring in environmental science and minoring in criminal justice. She started interning in the fall of 2020, helping to update the database with new journal articles and officially launch the tool. Grace loves to spend her free time hiking, kayaking, and adventuring. One of her favorite activities is scuba diving. Her whole family is scuba certified, and they enjoy diving together in Utila, Honduras in the clear, open waters. (Photo by Kristen Rush)

Ally Wilkins is an undergraduate Honors student majoring in marine biology at TAMUCC. She began interning with the Socio-Economics Group in the spring of 2021. One of her responsibilities is to review and sort journal articles related to ecosystem services that can be uploaded to the database. Ally loves to travel, volunteer at animal rescues, and scuba dive. “Every time I dive, I am amazed by the beauty of the ocean and am certain that I am pursuing the right career.” (Photo by Brady Wilkins)

Jae Clark is an undergraduate student at Tulane University majoring in Environmental Science and Economics and minoring in Spanish. She interned during the summer of 2021 and worked on the Blue Value database and various projects including the U.S. Virgin Islands Ecosystem Services Approach to Support Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Planning alongside an internship with the Aransas Bay Texas Parks and Wildlife office. “I love birding and spending time on the water with my family. I also frequent the Big Bend area of West Texas every year for a week of camping, hiking, and amazing stargazing. Being surrounded by nature has always been a comfort for me…I wouldn’t trade my outdoor adventures for anything”. (Photo by Jackson Chaput)

Darian Paul is an undergraduate Honors student at TAMUCC majoring in marine biology. She joined us in Fall of 2021, helping to update the database with current links so that users can easily locate peer-reviewed literature, and also assisting graduate students in the Socio-Economics Group with their research. In her free time, Darian likes to go running or create art. (Photo by Alex Paul)

Wendy Lee is an undergraduate NOAA CCME scholar studying Environmental Science and Marketing at TAMUCC. She is volunteering with the Socio-Economics group in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, working with the database and other assigned projects. Her passion for exploration and travel has taken her around the United States as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland.  (Photo by Lisa Lee)

Molly Davis is an undergraduate Honors student at TAMUCC majoring in marketing. She joined the Socio-Economics Group (SEG) at HRI in January of 2022, where she works with the Regional Resilience Partnership to assist in implementing their social media plan, alongside other SEG duties. Molly is passionate about environmental protection and spends her free time working within organizations at TAMUCC to preserve the coast and educate others on sustainability. Traveling and celebrating the gifts of nature are close to her heart and she looks forward to where her adventures take her later in life! (Photo by Abby Jones)

Bailey Otter is a Sociology major and an undergraduate Honors student at TAMUCC who joined the Socio-Economics Group in Fall of 2022. Bailey is passionate about social justice issues relating to women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. She is the president of Islanders for Social Justice and conducts qualitative research centered around nonbinary folks. In her spare time, she loves photography, creating art, and relaxing at home with her pets, Gizmo, Chidi, and Appa. (Photo by Bailey Otter)