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Welcome Meghan & Evan, our new Urban Ecology Interns!

By Meghan Kennedy & Evan Ruggles

August 14, 2017

Meghan Kennedy

Hello! My name is Meghan and I recently completed my Biology degree at Seattle University. Originally from sunny Northern California, I am attempting to re-acclimatize myself to the hot weather after spending so much time around Seattle’s Puget Sound.

While an undergraduate, my research focused on crustacean genome size evolution as well as marine invertebrate behavioral adaptation to urban pollution. I am especially interested in the ways flora and fauna respond to changes in urban ecosystems due to human behavior, and I hope to continue studying urban ecology and invertebrate evolution in graduate school!

Along with my internship at Sac Tree, I currently work as the Marketing Associate for the Yoga Seed Collective and, in my free time, I practice yoga, read in coffee shops, care for my garden, and enjoy the company of my cat. I am super excited to be out of the lab and classroom, and jumping into the field with Sacramento Tree Foundation!

Evan Ruggles

I have been appreciating the trees that line Sacramento neighborhoods since I was born. They have always been my favorite part of the city. By the time I started college, I had affirmed my passion for nature and decided to start forming my career goals around protecting and restoring as much of our natural world as possible.

I am currently working towards my Bachelors' degree in Biology with a focus in ecology at Sacramento State University. I will be graduating next year. In my time there, I have done research on some of the ecological effects of Tule Elk in Point Reyes and Live Interior Oak along the American river.

In my free time, I am an avid backpacker, rock-climber, ultimate frisbee player, and engage in almost any other activity that gets me outside. The chance to create more nature for generations to enjoy is thrilling to me.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation has provided me with the perfect opportunity to learn about how restoration works. In my first month, I have learned an incredible amount about the comprehensive process of planting trees, efficient watering practices, and the immense amount of work that goes into all of it. I cannot wait to continue to work and grow as an intern here.

I feel very proud to be a part of the organization that makes the City of Trees what it is.