Christina Badaracco, 2012, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I spent my time as a PEI intern in the Government Affairs Division of Ocean Conservancy, in Washington, D.C. My primary objective was to perform extensive research into the ecological health impacts of marine debris and the policy currently in place to address the problem. As part of my internship, I wrote a research paper with my findings and suggestions for improvements and additions for future policy. My paper will be used by the Ocean Conservancy for advocating an updated marine debris policy at a symposium in DC this October of 2010. I also spent some of my time helping in other government affairs issues, primarily working on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.