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Sarah Stanley
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Sarah Stanley prepares food for one of the daily seal feedings. Photo credit: Clara Stahlmann Roeder.

October 5, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Meet Sarah Stanley

Sarah Stanley says her greatest strengths are perseverance, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. All three came in handy during an eye-opening summer in Woods Hole. Although a science career runs in her family, as brother Michael graduated from Harvard University with a degree in human development and regenerative biology and now attends Tufts Medical School, she gravitated toward environmental studies and politics.

In past summers and school year internships, Stanley worked with the Maine Department of Conservation-Parks & Lands focusing in research and project development/environmental education for the public. She also worked as an aquatic invasive plant inspector with the Acton/Shapleigh Youth Conservation Corps, and during this past academic year, worked as a research assistant within the college’s Politics Department, examining corporate social responsibility data within the energy sector.

Surprised by the number of research and education institutions present in the village, and by the complexities and diversity within those institutions, Stanley found Woods Hole “a welcoming and relaxed environment.” Not having been to Cape Cod before, exploring the area was an exciting experience. A visit to Martha’s Vineyard, collecting marine specimens and seining along the beach there, is among her favorite summer memories.

A positive atmosphere and welcoming work environment made the internship program special, Stanley said of her time here. “The balance of animal husbandry and public education activities allowed me to interact with visitors as well as gain a solid foundation in marine science and knowledge of the fish native to the area.”

In addition to providing an opportunity to gain experience in a field she had not previously explored, Stanley says the internship has changed her plans for the future. After graduation, she wants to work in the environmental field or energy sector for a while before attending graduate school, where she will focus on environmental management/policy or government relations.

“I have become more interested in fisheries management and marine policy since completing this internship,” Stanley said. “This experience has allowed me to learn new skills and gain knowledge in marine science and animal husbandry through a hands-on approach. It has also provided greater insight into the range of science, policy and public outreach that occurs within NOAA.”

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