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Celeste Briefs

Program: Geo-Launchpad

Year: 2020

Mentor: Erin Korris, Emily Anderson, and Chuck Matthys (USGS), Rosann Poltrone


Mapping our Nation: How volunteers are modernizing the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Map


About Celeste (she/her)

Celeste was born in Denver, Colorado and has lived in Highlands Ranch almost her entire life. She has a passion for travel and for learning new things. She graduated from Arapahoe Community College in 2020 with an Associate of Arts degree and is currently attending the University of Colorado Denver for a Master’s in Creative Writing and Literature. Celeste is also very passionate about the environment and environmental sciences, and it is this passion that led her to join UNAVCO’s Geo-Launchpad summer internship program. Although her dream is to be a published/best-selling poet, she is dedicated to learning as much as she can about how she can help to save the environment. For this internship, she worked on USGS’s TNMCorps project, editing and updating various map points of man-made structures across the United States, such as hospitals, post offices, schools, and fire stations, in order to provide accurate and authoritative spatial map data for The National Map.