Library Lab Assistant Helena Mallonee has been selected to be a Keck Geology Consortium summer intern. This means that this summer, instead of helping Boise State students navigate computers and printing in the library, Helena, along with five other Keck students, will spend 10 days mapping basaltic lava flow features in the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field in New Mexico. From New Mexico, Helena will continue on to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she will work with Chris Hamilton and Jake Bleacher of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While there, she will learn to work with Martian remote sensing datasets in an effort to understand lava flow emplacement on Mars.
This isn’t the first time Helena has spent her summer out of doors. She has previously worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Craters of the Moon National Monument, as well as working as an intern Cave Technician and Speleologist with the GeoCorps of America & BLM’s Shoshone Field Office. She will return in to the fall as she begins work on her senior thesis.