Sam Vasen ’23


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Reserve and Forest Stewardship Internship

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My internship focused on the stewardship and management of the 950-acre property that constitutes The Watershed Institute, a land and water conservation organization in New Jersey. Guided by Stewardship Coordinator Allison Jackson, I worked to foster and promote healthy native ecosystems across the property. We met this goal in many different ways: tree planting, invasive-species removal, building a habitat for native birds, protecting vegetation from excess herbivory, promoting stewardship to the public, and monitoring plant growth across different ecosystem types. The vast majority of the work was done in the field, but we also spent time doing research on plant species and compiling literature to educate the public about stewardship practices during The Watershed Institute’s annual Butterfly Festival. I gained valuable skills in plant identification and ecosystem management, as well as important fieldwork experience. This organization and internship opened my eyes to many different aspects of important environmental work that I will continue to pursue.

Internship Year


Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation


The Watershed Institute- Pennington, New Jersey


Steve Tuorto, Director of Science and Stewardship, The Watershed Institute; Erin Stretz, Assistant Director of Science and Stewardship, The Watershed Institute; Allison Jackson, Stewardship Coordinator, The Watershed Institute