Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is excited to welcome new intern, Alexis Mullen, a rising sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Alexis has a few months before she has to declare a major, (she is leaning towards Earth and Oceanographic Sciences and Latin American studies), but until then, she will spend the summer interning in Stonington with guidance from the MCCF team.
Alexis first learned about MCCF when she was doing her own research outside of the classroom. “I really became fascinated with fisheries during my environmental studies class. After that class, I looked to see what Maine was doing in the fisheries world. I was excited to find the MCCF website and their commitment to fishermen and science impressed me,” she shares. While interning, she hopes to gain first-hand experience of seeing how a nonprofit is operated, the economic challenges of sustainable fisheries, especially during this time of COVID-19.
Outside of the classroom, the Minneapolis-native enjoys cross-country skiing and teaches lessons at the Bowdoin Outing Club. She also enjoys trail running, and plays the oboe in the orchestra and drums in the Middle Eastern ensemble at school. While spending time along Maine’s coastline, she hopes to learn how to grill and cook fish, get involved with the local community, and explore the island and Acadia National Park – safely of course. When asked for her first impressions of Stonington, she said, “Gorgeous and very peaceful right now! And a lot of people own trucks and Subarus.”
Five years from now, Alexis hopes to be living near the ocean doing what she loves: exploring, science, and creative thinking. She describes her dream job as one involving problems solving that links people and environment. “I want to love what I do and be able to support myself and loved ones.”
While this summer is looking a bit different for many along Maine’s coast and throughout the country, we continue our efforts to connect fishermen, scientists, regulators and others through collaborative research, management, and education to help secure the future of commercial fishing and the communities that depend on it. To learn more about our internship program and future opportunities, visit us online at coastalfisheries.org.