Sam Gould

This is Sam Gould

Invasive Species Mitigation at Masson Ridge “Forever Wild”Early Entrant major at GCC

Every time that we went into the field, I learned new things, and relearned subjects that we had previously covered in the classroom.

About Sam

Intern Responsibilities

Gathering specimens, making measurements and recording data.

What you wanted from the internship

I expected two things from this internship: first, the experience that comes from researching, and second, I wanted to know if biology was a subject that really interested me.

What was most challenging?

The most challenging part of this internship came after we had gathered and documented the data. We are currently in the process of writing a paper on our findings, and this has been both rewarding and challenging.

What did you find most useful as a student? How did it connect to your classroom learning?

Every time that we went into the field, I learned new things, and relearned subjects that we had previously covered in the classroom.

What was most fun?

Working in the field with the invasives was my favorite part of this internship. It was very satisfying to to know that we were doing meaningful work, and extremely interesting to learn more about these impressive and destructive vines.

About Masson Ridge “Forever Wild”

Business Description

Mount Grace Land Trust facilitates land conservation (forests and farms) and supports the local economy and community. This field site is a protected forest preserve surrounding large areas of inter-connected wetlands including certified vernal pools and headwater streams. Large numbers of obligate vernal pool species share the habitat.

Business Location

West Road, Northfield, MA

Required Qualifications for Intern

Introductory Biology, Algebra and English composition. The applicant must be comfortable with the design and use of data entry forms and computer data entry or else learn this skill quickly. An interest in outdoor work and tolerance for heat, cold, water, sun, bugs and dense brush are also needed for success in this field-oriented position.

Outcomes for the Internship as Stated by Business

The data collected during this project will be added to the long term observation record of physical and biological change at this permanently protected site. Close experience with the woodland vernal pool system will help generate a better appreciation for the challenges faced by all species that are sensitive to climate change.