The James Hubbard 2022 Policy and Communications Intern is here! Please join us in welcoming Grant Peterson to the NASF team.
Grant just finished his sophomore year at Mississippi State University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture with a minor in Environment and Sustainability. He is excited to have the opportunity to protect the forests by working with the wonderful team at NASF this summer.
Grant is eager to contribute writing, creativity, and enthusiasm to both the communication and policy teams over the next three months. His goals for the summer include developing successful strategies for educating the public and gaining a better understanding of how science informs policy decisions. In addition to his internship at NASF, Grant is part of the Demmer Scholars Program and is excited to learn about policy-making aspects, make connections with like-minded peers, and explore Washington DC (especially the Museum). Smithsonian National Natural History).
Being from Mississippi, Grant is well acquainted with the end forests that dominate most of the state’s natural environment. Going on trips to the nearby Noxubee Wildlife Sanctuary ignited his love of wildlife and nature from an early age. Last year, he also developed an interest in trees and forest ecology while taking a dendrology course. He even took second place in dendrology in the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave 2022.
In the state of Mississippi, Grant holds leadership positions in the Wildlife Society and Students for a Sustainable Campus, two organizations that spread the message of natural resource custody. In the future, he hopes to conduct practical research to help policymakers understand the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.
Want to say “welcome” to our youngest intern? You can contact the Grant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.