Bailey Glenetske ’25

Major

Geosciences

Project Title

Developing Metrics for Community-scale Biodiversity Restoration and Management

Certificate(s):  Environmental Studies, Journalism

I worked closely with community members to develop strategies for protecting the biodiversity and accessibility of parks in the Princeton-Montgomery Township area. My responsibilities included assessing areas of the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve for biodiversity and performing restoration work, such as removing invasive species and planting natives. I also had the opportunity to work closely with the staff and board members of Friends of Princeton Open Spaces (FOPOS). My research specialization for the internship was geographic information system (GIS) mapping. I collected GPS data from various areas of the park in order to create custom, geo-referenced maps for ongoing use by FOPOS. I used a Garmin GPS device to collect the updated data and then cross-checked it with the existing data using geo-referenced maps through the Avenza Maps app on my iPhone. Then, I transferred the GPS data onto my computer, where I used the software Garmin BaseCamp and ArcGIS Pro to design and export the maps for use. With my new mapping skills and experiences, I am excited to research the expanding applications of GIS mapping in the fields of climate science and its intersection with biodiversity conservation.



Internship Year

2022

Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation

Organization(s)

Friends of Princeton Open Spaces (FOPOS) - Princeton, New Jersey

Mentor(s)

Anna Corichi, Director, Natural Resources and Stewardship, FOPOS; Andy Dobson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University; Annarie Lyles, Trustee, FOPOS