July 18, 2016

MIT Sea Grant Science Communication Intern - Nicole Mis

By Morgan O'Hanlon

Nicole Mis is excited to gain some hands on field experience and improve her writing skills at MIT Sea Grant this summer. Nicole has just completed her freshman year at Boston University in the Kilachand Honors college and is currently majoring in Journalism in the College of Communication. She is working as a communications intern this summer at MIT Sea Grant as part of the Boston University Research, Education, and Communication of Science (BURECS) program. BURECS is a unique program for first year students at BU who are interested in integrating climate science research with education, outreach and communication.

Nicole grew up in Lincoln, Rhode Island and move to Englewood, Florida in high school. The exposure to two different coastlines gave her an interesting perspective and sparked her interest in environmental and marine science. Knowing that her home town in Florida is at risk for coastal flooding from sea level rise has inspired her to incorporate environmental advocacy into her college studies.

Nicole has been hard at work this summer interviewing scientist at Sea Grant and creating an educational eelgrass field guide. Nicole believes that by gaining hands on research experience, she’ll be able to better understand a scientist’s point of view. By becoming an informed citizen herself, she believes that she can better help to translate hard science into something that can be used to teach others. Nicole hopes that experience she gains as an intern this summer will not only help her along her journalism career path, but will also increase her awareness of environmental process in the coastal environment, which will help her no matter what she pursues.