Atleigh Forden ’16



Project Title

Fish Ecology from Ear Bones (Otoliths) Past and Present

My internship with PEI this summer was an extremely important step in my academic journey here at Princeton. With this position, I was able to explore a new area of my department I had never considered, and along the way I was able to jump-start my thesis research a few months early. I also learned how satisfying it is to solve problems as a team. I worked very closely with a graduate student on her project. It was very helpful to attack difficulties we were having with one aspect of the project or another with a second set of eyes. I now feel confident going into my senior year knowing where I am going to take my thesis and who I can go to for guidance through the year. This internship has also helped me confirm my plans to proceed to graduate school after graduation.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate Change and Environmental Science


Ward Lab, Geosciences Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


Bess Ward, Professor, Geosciences