As of May 24th, Hilary Cole has joined the staff of the Cooperative. Hilary joins us as an intern (15 hours per week) in the Student Career Enhancement Program (SCEP). Hilary will be starting a Master’s program in Natural Resources at NC State in August, and her research assistantship focuses on forest resilience to climate change. As an undergraduate she attended Duke University, majoring in Biology and Environmental Science & Policy with a certificate in Marine Conservation Science & Leadership. Hilary has a lot of great experience already under her belt. After graduation she worked at Duke for a year as a teaching assistant in introductory molecular biology. In 2010 she was a Government Relations Intern with the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation in Silver Spring, MD. There she researched and created economic evaluation advocacy reports for all US National Marine Sanctuaries. She also has international experience having worked as a Field Assistant for Pronatura in Merida, Mexico and as a Research Assistant at La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica.

Hilary is from Black Mountain, NC in the western part of the state. She loves singing in choir, running, playing soccer, and reading with her two cats. She is excited to get married next May.

Hilary has a variety of skills to share with staff and partners and we hope her work with the Cooperative continues to prepare her for a long career in conservation. Please join me in welcoming Hilary to the South Atlantic LCC.