Harvard Taps MDC Honors College Student for Internship Harvard University will put the talents of Wolfson Campus Honors College student Salua Rivero to good use this summer as she works on a paid internship at Harvard Forest, an ecological research laboratory of the Ivy League school. Rivero, a gifted artist with a passion for environmental causes, will focus on the Eastern Hemlock, a tree native to New England. Under the guidance of Harvard faculty, she and others on her team will research the cause of the species’ decline. The suspected culprit is the hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic insect that might also be contributing to the decline of other plant species in the forest, which further upsets the delicate balance of that Northeastern ecosystem. The 19-year-old Rivero is well prepared for the Harvard job. For the past two years, she has been active in ecological causes both academically and with service learning projects at MDC, where she has acted as president of the environmental YES! Club at Wolfson Campus and worked as a student assistant at MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute (EEI). When she heard about the internship, she jumped at the chance to study at Harvard. “I found out about the program through my Honors College Adviser Virginia Fuillerat,” Rivero said. “I was especially interested since the project had an art component to go along with the ecological work.” The artistic side of the internship involves an arts communication project in which students develop strategies to present their research findings to the broader community. They will use a combination of twoand three-dimensional projects, including site-specific pieces, so as to raise awareness of the issue. Now in her last semester at MDC, Rivero is considering her options for continuing her education. Befitting her interests in ecology, she is looking at baccalaureate programs that have a strong ecological or environmental focus. “Right now, I am drawn primarily to small liberal arts schools, some of them in remote locations, like Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, which has a unique, hands-on curriculum,” Rivero said. In the meantime, she is championing the cause of creatures who can’t speak for themselves. In March, she joined an EEI panel discussion on the state of the world’s oceans that included Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Captain Dan Kipnis and Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Officer James Murley. On April 1, she marched with MDC students and community members at Miami’s Seaquarium to urge that orca whale Lolita be allowed to retire. Captured at age 4, Lolita has lived 47 years in captivity in a tank not even twice her body’s length. Those protesting have a clear plan for returning her to a protected area in the North Pacific where her mother and grandmother still swim freely. Honors College student Salua Rivero, above, went on an Everglades immersion trip in the fall. In the spring, she was instrumental in organizing students for a march to retire Lolita, left. “It’s time that we, as people, show compassion for the species that are crying out in pain caused by our own ignorance,” Rivero said. “Lolita deserves to be released back home, before it is too late.”
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