Meet the "Swim-terns!"

Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Swim Guide, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on June 21st, 2023

We’re thrilled to officially introduce this year’s Swim-terns, responsible for coordinating Swim Guide for summer of 2023!

Rachel Geyer comes to Sound Rivers from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

A native of Raleigh, the rising junior is majoring in environmental science with minors in geology and journalism. Rachel’s dream profession would be to work in coastal conservation research; her dream job — studying the effects of microplastics on reef life.

What drew her to Sound Rivers, she said, is a desire to get outside and take action to protect the environment in the place where she grew up.

“I’m concentrating in ecology and natural resources, and by working with rivers, I get to be involved with a natural resource that ties land and sea ecosystems together. The Swim Guide program also ties in communicating environmental information, which is what I hope to do with my journalism minor,” Rachel said.

Rachel is working out of the Raleigh office and coordinating Swim Guide on the Upper Neuse.

DaNisha Harris comes to Sound Rivers from East Carolina University. A rising senior, she’s majoring in Health Service Administration and minoring in business management.

Her post-graduation goal is to work in her chosen field at Tampa General Hospital, in her native Florida.

Public service brought DaNisha to Sound Rivers — a desire to serve the community and learn about how local water quality may impact individuals’ overall health. She said she sees her internship as an opportunity for professional growth: “This will help my career by expanding my knowledge of assisting others in various platforms to improve our community,” DaNisha said. “This opportunity also enhances my professional capabilities and skills to use in the workforce.”

DaNisha is coordinating Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide program on the Tar-Pamlico this summer and working out of the Washington office.

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