2016 interns join the PBI team

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Earth Day is every day for Conservation Science Interns

April 22, 2016

We are pleased to welcome two highly-qualified interns this spring, who will work closely with PBI staff investigating the impact of climate change and wildfires on wildlife and ecosystem health. They are also assisting Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and PBI with a state-wide assessment of the population status of the threatened western gray squirrel. A third intern, Lindsay Warne, will join us in the summer, after completing PBI's Conservation Science and Leadership Course.

Carl Smith studied wildlife biology at the University of Vermont, and will soon have a Master of Natural Resources degree from Virginia Tech. He is interested in solving human/wildlife conflicts, population dynamics and animal behavior. While in graduate school he traveled to India for a joint project with the Global Tiger Forum. The project's goal was to help alleviate some of the conflict between tiger populations and humans by studying how tigers use ecological corridors and by developing ideas for more sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

Carl also served four years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician and shipboard firefighter. He has worked for land trusts in Pennsylvania and Vermont, and recently worked as a crew leader for West Inc., where he lead a crew of field technicians in a mortality survey for bird and bat species at a wind farm in West Virginia.


Daniel McGill graduated in 2014 from Brown University with a B.S. in Geology-Biology, and is interested in the intersection between environmental research and public policy. While working towards this degree, he studied tropical ecology in Ecuador and worked in a geology lab researching Earth's climate during the Pliocene. He recently returned from Costa Rica, where he helped with a behavioral endocrinology study of wild, white-faced capuchin monkeys.

As he looks to the future, Daniel is keen to become an expert in GIS and would like to further explore the power of remote sensing technologies as they apply to environmental monitoring and land management. When he isn't working, Daniel can usually be found hiking, biking, reading a good book, or ineptly trying to learn to play the guitar.


You can join Carl, Daniel, PBI staff and other volunteers as they investigate the ecological impacts of wildfires on wildlife and their habitat. We are inviting volunteers to join us during the 2016 field season. There are citizen science opportunities to gather data on (and learn about) forests, native plants, birds, and mammals. Training will be provided by our well-qualified biologists. If you would like to help, please call 509-996-2490 or email

If you don't have time to volunteer, consider making a financial gift to support this important work that enables young scientists to become proficient in advancing wildlife conservation. This research has been made possible by small grants and donations from the Charlotte Martin Foundation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Craig and Jean Olson Fund, the PBI Special Projects Fund and generous individuals like you. If you, or your organization, are interested in sponsoring our work investigating the impacts of climate change and wildfires on local ecosystems, we can put your gift directly to work. Please contact us today, or donate securely online.
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