Hi! My name is Leanne Wiskemann and I am interning with TTF this spring. I am a third-year Geology major at Temple University. I’m originally from Bushkill, PA and I now live and study in Philadelphia.
I learned about TTF through the Temple University Honors Program and was immediately interested in getting involved. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far. As a Geology major, I am finding that many of my classes are directly related to the work that TTF does daily! I am currently taking a course in Hydrology, the study of Earth’s water and how it moves, in which I learned to calculate the water budget for a watershed. I am also taking a course on ArcGIS, a computer program that is used to make maps and manage location-specific data. TTF uses ArcGIS to keep track of the locations of their green stormwater infrastructure projects and the data collected by Streamkeepers, a group of citizen scientists who monitor water quality.
In my free time I enjoy thrifting, live music, makeup art, and language learning. I tutor Spanish 101 at Temple University and am a volunteer Math Tutor through the Petey Greene Program, an organization dedicated to supplementing correctional education systems by providing individualized tutoring for incarcerated people.
During my time as an intern, I hope to contribute to the health of the TTF Watershed and our city! I am very much looking forward to collecting and interpreting data on the creek as well as getting involved in the creative environmental solutions practiced at TTF.