Please join us in welcoming the American Littoral Society's four summer interns. Let us introduce you to Audrey Litto and Liam Heapes, who will be working as Coastal Education Interns; Tyler Setnicky, our Fish Tagging Program intern; and Simran Gohel, our Development intern.
Coastal Education Interns
Audrey graduated this past May from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in environmental and sustainability science, with minors in sustainability and geography. Audrey previously worked under the Director of Education at Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy in Washington DC, where she discovered a strong interest in environmental education. Throughout her career, she hopes to continue promoting the importance of conservation through education and outreach.
Growing up in Monmouth County, NJ, Audrey has always loved going to the beach and exploring the local coastal environment. She is thrilled to be able to educate people of all ages, and learn more herself, about Sandy Hook’s environment and all that inhabit it. In her free time, Audrey enjoys painting, hiking, and rewatching New Girl for the hundredth time.
Liam is a senior at the University of South Florida’s Judy Genshaft Honors College, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Animal Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. With this degree, he hopes to continue his career in the conservation of vulnerable marine habitats.
In the past, he has worked in coastal conservation through multiple different avenues, including interning with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, working as the secretary and event coordinator of USF Tampa’s Marine Biology Club, and volunteering as an education representative at the Florida Aquarium.
While he goes to school in Tampa, FL, Liam was born Brooklyn, NY and raised in Middlesex County, NJ. The waters of NJ and NY have always amazed him, and it is a pleasure to be working on the conservation of such a beautiful environment so close to his true home. In his free time, Liam loves to hike, fish, and dive in NJ and beyond.
Fish Tagging Intern - Tyler Setnicky
Growing up in Toms River, Tyler spent much of his time on the water where he developed his passion for the environment, specifically the marine life inhabiting our waters. He hopes to use his educational background, experience and passion for the environment to inspire and educate people on the local marine life whilst helping protect and restore critical species and habitats.
Tyler is currently a junior at Stockton University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in marine science with a concentration on marine biology. He is excited to use his education and his experience with other organizations to help the Fish Tagging Program this summer.
Tyler is an avid fisherman himself. In his free time you can often find him wading in the Barnegat Bay or on our beaches fishing for whatever is biting. He may also be hiking in the pine barrens, running, or just hanging out with friends.
Development Intern - Simran Gohel
Simran is entering her sophomore year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is double majoring in Business Administration and Human Health. She hopes to combine her interests in public health and business into a future career.
She is from Marlboro, NJ and will be helping with the fundraising efforts of the American Littoral Society through local outreach to businesses, research on foundations, and communication with the public.
She says: “Growing up close to the shore meant that I grew a love for environmental science and biology. When I was in high school, I showed this love by being on the executive board for our Environmental Club, learning about the environment in AP Environmental Science, and going to beach cleanups. I hope to show this interest throughout this internship in the business lens!”
In her free time, Simran also loves to hang out with friends and family, go to the beach, attend concerts, travel, and watch movies.