DAN Interns 2011
Christa Landowski is a Certified Public Accountant with an M.S. in Accounting from Michigan State University. She began diving four years ago and is now a rescue diver. Through diving she has developed an interest in hyperbaric medicine, which led her to pursue post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Houston Downtown. Her internship will focus on collecting PDE data with field researcher Bobby Forbes and will work with divers who are exploring the shipwrecks at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. She will also learn about local hyperbaric chamber operations. Christa will be the seventh intern working in Scapa.
"This internship is a great opportunity through which I will be able to meet new people, work with divers and collect data for Project Dive Exploration. As a research intern, I will be able to directly contribute to research efforts aimed at improving the safety of the sport I love."
Stefanie Martina is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Biology. She has a passion for diving and for medicine and has aspirations to combine the two into a long-term career. She has previously interned with the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Florida, where she gained experience in human performance testing and aided a team studying the physiological implications on divers after prolonged and repeated dives.
Regarding the DAN Research internship, Stefanie is looking forward to the opportunities at hand. "I am ecstatic to enhance my background in the field of dive safety and medicine and to gain a greater perspective in the practical aspects of research which will better prepare me for my future endeavors." At the DAN headquarters in Durham, NC, Stefanie will be working on a variety of dive safety related projects under the guidance of Dr. Neal Pollock in the DAN research department.
Jenna Wiley graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology-Biochemistry and then spent a year in the School of Medical Technology at Eisenhower Medical Center to obtain her license in clinical laboratory science. While working in a hospital lab in San Francisco, she obtained her Wilderness First Responder certification and became an active volunteer in the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, conducting search and rescues in high altitude environments. Pairing her interests in outdoor and wilderness medicine with being an advanced scuba diver brought her to DAN.
Jenna says, "There is so much to learn about diving from a medical standpoint, encompassing everything from biophysics to marine toxicology to exercise physiology. Being able to participate in scuba-related studies through the DAN internship will be paramount in providing me insight into not only the field of technical diving, but also into that of hyperbaric and emergency medicine in order to aid me in future medical career decisions before going back to school. It's very exciting to be able to incorporate my passions into a potential profession."
This summer, she'll be working at the DAN headquarters in Durham, NC, helping Dr. Neal Pollock in the research department conduct studies involving dive physiology and safety.