Fernanda Campos de Paulo
I am a participant of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) having my Academic Training as a Research Intern at the University of Central Florida, Orlando-FL. As part of the BSMP program I studied at Portland State University, Portland-OR for one year before attending to this summer opportunity. I am an undergraduate student at the Brazilian university Unesp, Sao Jose dos Campos-SP and I am pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. My research interests include ecosystem restoration and management.
This summer I have had the opportunity to collaborate as a research intern at the Kibler Ecohydraulics lab at University of Central Florida. This opportunity was possible thanks to Doctor Kibler who accepted me as an intern in her lab. By working at different projects I was able to know BSc, PhD, and MSc students and get involved into different projects.
The projects’ main ideas involved the ecohydraulics of water bodies and hydrologic alteration. Getting to know more about flow alteration and how the scientific community are progressing in the area brought me a knowledge base of the several variables associated with water resources, such as the importance of flow metrics. It was also a very interesting subject to me, as water resources has a certain potential for being the focus of my academic education while I pursue an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering.
The field of Ecohydraulics has different challenges associated with it, there are still several questions, but the scientific community has certainly has advanced and new approaches for hydrologic analysis are being develop in order to instruct and enhance knowledge in this area. As a research intern, I was able to work with data analyses, ArcGIS, and also put some of my Soil Mechanics in practice applying the sieve analyses (Which was a challenge at first because I had never had worked with soil containing shells).