Group of SIP Fellows sitting in front of a sign that reads "Palais des congrès de Montrèal"
2022 SIP Fellows cohort along with program coordinators at the ESA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada (photo credit: Jessie Ribera)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe that I’m already writing my last blog post of the summer. Time has really flown by during this internship. Last week I (along with my SIP Fellows cohort) had the opportunity to present my SIP project at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. It was so fun to meet the other SIP Fellows and be able to hear about all of the amazing research going on at national parks throughout the country. Since then, I briefly returned to Bozeman before moving back to Logan, Utah to finish up my Master’s degree.


Ally standing at a podium looking at a presentation. A few audience members can be seen in the foreground.
Ally presenting her SIP project at the 2022 ESA Annual Meeting (photo credit: Meagan Fairfield-Peak)

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the National Park Service this summer. I made some amazing connections with other Greater Yellowstone Network employees and was able to see some truly beautiful places. I also learned a lot about working for the federal government and I feel much more prepared for job hunting than I did before.



I am excited to continue working with my NPS colleagues on a few projects after my internship officially ends. One of these ongoing projects is writing an article about the Yellowstone River flood to be published in Park Science, an online journal about research in the national parks. We are also hoping to write a scientific article to be published in a peer-reviewed journal detailing the results of my water quality modeling work this summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for both of these papers in coming months!


Signing off for now,


Published by Allyson Marrs

Ally (she/her) is a 2022 SIP Fellow at the Greater Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring Network. She is also a master's student at Utah State University studying stream ecology and biogeochemistry. She spends most of her free time outdoors, and loves to explore by trail running, skiing, and camping all around the intermountain west.