12 Jan GOGA WQ and Wetland Monitoring Intern Introduction – Joe Batom
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Joe. I’m the Water Quality and Wetland Monitoring Intern this year at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Having grown up in the Bay Area, this area is very special to me. Despite exploring the GGNRA over the years, I’ve been finding new and exciting things all week!
My interest in environmental conservation traces back to my childhood aspiration of being a gardener. I wanted to have a bountiful garden full of vibrant fruits and vegetables that stretched as far as the eye could see. As I matured, I became aware of the various threats that our planet faces, including issues such as global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and deforestation. Not only does this threaten my dream of becoming a master gardener, but it threatens all of the other species and ecosystems on this planet. This notion fueled my interest in biology, habitat restoration, and ecology. I attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where I earned a Bachelor of Science in marine biology.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I was eager to engage in scientific research within the field and continue to build upon my body of knowledge. As biotic and abiotic stressors increase, I believe that conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources are of utmost importance in supporting the welfare of ecosystems and their inhabitants. We have a responsibility to do so as stewards of the land upon which we live. I was drawn to this program in particular because of its commitment to these values, and to connecting people with the natural world.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blog posts–I’m excited to post all of the pictures and videos that I take!