Meet Galveston Bay Foundation’s Summer Interns

Galveston Bay Foundation is fortunate to have five interns this summer working on projects and programs in advocacy, conservation, education and water quality. Read a bit about them below!

Lauren Thomas | Legal Intern
Lauren is a second year law student at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Lauren has previous experience with soil and groundwater remediation and air quality monitoring. Additionally, Lauren is an avid writer and researcher; she served as a contributing writer for and published her foodscape research in The Southwestern Geographer. Lauren is passionate about the relationships between environmental law and environmental science, and she is very excited to be working with the Galveston Bay Foundation. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and going on long walks with her dog, Henley.

Rachel McDaniel | Conservation Intern (Royal Dutch Shell)
Rachel will graduate in May 2018 from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a B.S. in Marine Biology. Before joining GBF, she was an intern with Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division for two summers and worked in the chemistry lab at the San Marcos A.E. Wood Hatchery during the summer of 2016. Rachel has grown up in the central Texas area and is passionate about educating future generations about conserving and restoring habitats to a healthy state for native flora and fauna. This summer, she is working on GBF’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program and the management of conservation properties. Rachel is honored to work with GBF this summer and hopes to continue working to restore the aquatic world around us.
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Ellen Pennington | Environmental Education Intern (ExxonMobil)
Ellen will graduate from Texas A&M University in the Fall with dual B.S. degrees in Ecological Restoration and Renewable Natural Resources. She first discovered GBF during a semester learning natural resource policy. Prior to joining GBF, Ellen selected Galveston Bay as the focus of her Capstone and completed a literature review of salt marsh restoration research.  She is very active on campus and served as President for the Soil & Water Conservation Society (Texas A&M chapter). She hopes to combine her various experiences in elementary and peer education with her scientific background to produce an informative and memorable Family Nature Program. Her love for the environment and interacting with the public will keep her on the path of education or coordinating resources for ecosystem management.


Carolyn Hembree | Water Quality Outreach Intern
Carolyn is excited to join Galveston Bay Foundation this summer as the Water Quality Outreach intern. She received a B.S. In Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in 2013. Currently, she is pursuing her masters degree in Environmental and Occupational Public Health at the UT Health in Houston. Once she completes her degree this fall, she is looking to do environmental work in the public sector or for a non-profit.


Emily Innes
Emily Innes | Water Quality Research Intern
Emily graduated in 2016 from A&M Galveston with a B.S. in Marine Biology and is currently completing her Masters in Environmental and Occupational Public Health at the UT Health in Houston. She is excited to learn more about the water quality work going on around Galveston Bay. Following graduation, Emily hopes to get a job doing water quality work for a non-profit organization or government agency.