Out West Student Blog

Welcome to the Bill Lane Center's "Out West" student blog. Here you'll find posts from student interns and researchers. Our students work hard on projects and at organizations across the West, and here they share their reflections on these unique experiences.


Photo courtesy of Charlie Merriam

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As an intern with the California Department of Water Resources, Charlie Merriam investigates the economics of the State Water Project's energy storage options

Tree roots at La Push, home of the Quileute Tribe. Photo courtesy of Malia Maxwell.

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Malia Maxwell reflects on her summer internship in marketing and development at Heyday.

Photo courtesy of Merritt Vassallo

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Merritt Vassallo discusses her experience working at the intersection of energy and water at the California Department of Water Resources.

Photo courtesy of Allison Chow

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As she works to support energy development with the Yurok Tribe, Allison Chow navigates the unique relationship between tribes, investor-owned utilities, and the state 

Photo courtesy of Theo Gress

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Theo Gress shares how studying the past ecology of a place can inspire better restoration work.