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Blue Parks Intern

Kate Allcock graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in April 2021 with her master’s degree in Marine Science. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Management. Growing up by the coast in the United Kingdom, she discovered her passion for the natural world at an early age and spent much of her time exploring local beaches and islands at low tide. She has always been enamored with all aspects of marine life, but is particularly fascinated by seagrass meadows and their associated ecosystem services.

Kate has a history of working with seagrass; her internship in Belize allowed her to acquire her Advanced Open Water SCUBA whilst working intimately with Thalassia testudinum meadows in established marine protected areas, using a number of quantitative and qualitative analyses to investigate the health and abundance of the meadows. Building on this seagrass research during her master’s degree, she completed her thesis on the spatiotemporal genetic variation in two Zostera marina meadows in North Carolina, one of the first of its kind to use a long-term seagrass genetic dataset. Kate recognizes the need to conserve an entire ecosystem, with vulnerable and endangered species falling under this umbrella of protection. She believes that using a science-driven and comprehensive approach is the most effective way to protect our oceans, and that a combination of fully and highly protected marine areas is the most effective way to achieve this goal.

Kate hopes to apply her knowledge of marine science and passion for the natural world to this internship and contribute to the valuable work done within the Blue Parks Initiative.