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Kristen Fontana

Student Intern

NC State University

Kristen is an intern for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center assisting in the preparation, execution, and review of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center 2022 Regional Science Symposium. Currently, Kristen is a graduate student in the Climate Change and Society program at NC State University. Her capstone project will be based on this internship experience in terms of symposium planning and climate science communication. With her undergraduate studies in Natural Resources and minor in Environmental Sciences, Kristen acquired the appropriate knowledge on the environment to understand natural processes and their interactions with anthropogenic activity.  Additionally, her graduate classes in climate change fundamentals, natural resource policy, and communications classes, provided her with a solid background in the evidence/impacts of a changing climate, the policy needed to address such changes, and the ways to relay this information to the public. Her work with the North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science at Whiteville (NCMNSW) have taught her how to be an effective communicator for various stakeholders through social media posts. Most recently, through her internship at NCFA, Kristen designed and released three educational rack cards: Sources of Carbon Dioxide, Sinks of Carbon Dioxide, and Trees and Their Superpowers. Through research and multiple levels of review, she created educational products that can be used both inside and outside of the classroom. Kristen is very excited to continue to hone her communication and organizational skills through this internship experience at SE CASC.