Intern Spotlight: Autumn Conley
What have you recently studied and where?
I just finished up my B.S. in Environmental Studies at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.
What is your dream job?
I am interested in a variety of careers within the environmental sector, but especially Chesapeake Bay conservation/restoration. I grew up on the Eastern Shore. The Chesapeake Bay not only has a huge influence on the local environment and wildlife, but also the livelihoods of my family and community members. I’d love to have a career with one of the many impactful organizations and nonprofits in our area that work to manage and conserve natural resources in the Bay watershed—like ESLC does!
What are you most hoping to learn during your time at ESLC?
One thing that drew me to ESLC was its team of individuals with such different backgrounds and areas of expertise. I am most hoping to learn first-hand about the collaboration that takes place within such a diverse group of professionals to accomplish conservation goals. Throughout my schooling, a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental issues has been emphasized by professors and I can’t wait to see this concept in action!
What is your favorite thing about Maryland’s Eastern Shore?
There’s nothing I love more than an Eastern Shore summer. Our varying landscape of rivers, fields, and forests looks especially gorgeous under a summer sunset, and it’s just all-around perfect conditions for all my favorite activities—camping, hammocking, fishing, and enjoying a fire with my friends in the evening. I am so fortunate to have spent all my summers here, and each year I look forward to once again embracing the warmth and beauty of an Eastern Shore summer (even the humidity).
What do you like to do in your free time?
When it’s warm I try to spend most of my free time outdoors, and I really enjoy hiking, fishing, spending time with my pets, and camping. I also love to read, embroider, paint, cook, travel, and learn new skills. Right now I’m trying crochet. My younger sister and I are both very into fashion and so I also enjoy frequent thrifting trips on the weekends and trying new coffee shops together!
What is your favorite tree species?
It is really difficult to choose just one, but I’d have to say my favorite tree species is the tulip poplar.