Intern Spotlight: Mikaela Bogdan

Get to know Mikaela Bogdan: environmentalist, researcher, CRWC intern

Today we spotlight one of our fabulous interns: Mikaela Bogdan, a senior at CSU Monterey Bay studying Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy with a concentration in watershed systems. In May, Mikaela will graduate with her Bachelor’s degree, and will continue to study as a Professional Master of Science candidate here in Monterey. An active researcher in watershed systems and geomorphology, Mikaela plans to use her education and training to launch a career as an environmental scientist in the local public or private sector. In her words, this work allows her to maintain ‘childlike curiosity and wonder’ while gathering scientific understanding of the natural world around her. She loves getting out into the field to connect with the environment and apply her knowledge to real-world restoration projects, particularly along the Carmel River.

The transparency of her research is incredibly important to Mikaela. She hopes that by making her data and findings available to the public, and reporting data to resource managers and landowners, her work will allow these stakeholders to make informed environmental decisions. Within the last two years Mikaela has co-authored multiple reports and completed two projects in conjunction with CRWC and her coursework. The first was the San Clemente Dam Removal Update, completed in late 2017, as a part of a geomorphology class. The former San Clemente dam site is currently the focus of Mikaela’s senior capstone, where her class is assessing fish passage throughout the site. The second report is an Annual Update of the Active Projects on the Carmel River, completed in the summers of 2017 and 2018. This report logs current projects and collaborative efforts for conservation and management. Both can be found on the CRWC website, under Our Work. 

Thank you for being a bright river steward Mikaela, we look forward to your continuing successes!