Welcome Meghan & Evan, our new Urban Ecology Interns!
By Meghan Kennedy & Evan Ruggles
August 14, 2017
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
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!
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
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
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.