Illinois Department of Natural Resources
January 2022
January 18, 2022

Illinois NGRREC Interns Q&A Video

By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

September 22, 2021


Justin Shew, NGRREC Conservation Program Manager

Jacob Decker, SIU-E NGRREC Intern

Emma Deveydt, Webster University NGREEC Intern

Nicole Morris, UIS and IDNR Division of Private Lands Intern

Produced by:

Kathy Andrews Wright and Laura Kammin.

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic 

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.


0:52   Dr. Justin Shew

01:26 Jacob Decker

01:56 Emma Deveydt

02:21 Nicole Morris

02:49 History of the Internship Program and types of research projects interns have undertaken

03:50 Habitat management projects, specifically management of bush honeysuckle and related research projects

05:24 Gray treefrog project introduction

06:29 Partners

How did you learn about the internship program?

08:04 Emma Deveydt 

08:44 Jacob Decker

09:28 Nicole Morris

Overview of the intern research projects

10:36 Emma Deveydt

13:15 Jacob Decker

14:23 Nicole Morris

Career goals

(Jacob Decker provided in clip at 13:15)

15:52 Emma Deveydt

16:45 Nicole Morris

Most rewarding and challenging parts of the internship

17:48 Jacob Decker

19:58 Emma Deveydt

20:35 Nicole Morris

Closing comments 

21:39 Justin Shew

23:11 How to get involved in the NGRREC Internship Program

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Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.