Hello! My name is Korrina Wirfs. I was born into a military family, so that meant moving around a lot. Although I was born in New York, Oregon has been my home for over a decade. My mom, two sisters, and I all live together, and we have weathered many storms together. My dad, stepmom, and two half-siblings also live in Oregon. I love all earth sciences and have always felt a deep connection to our planet. 4-H dominated most of my high school and middle school social life, from Fine Art to Geology. Rock climbing, Marching Band, reading, sending memes, growing succulents, and taking care of my fish are my favorite hobbies. I am definitely not a sports person, and when asked, will have no idea how to get the football to a homerun while avoiding the goalies.
Before I arrived at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, I finished my second year at Linn Benton Community College and achieved an Associate's of Science with an Environmental Science Emphasis. Next Fall I will be attending Oregon State University, continuing my education in order to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Ocean Science. During my time at LBCC, I was a Physical Science lab assistant, which really helped me prepare for my internship. Already knowing what DI water is, how to read a graduated cylinder, how to use a pipette, and how to prepare for Oregon’s temperamental weather has really helped me somewhat get over the learning curve a little faster. Everybody here, from faculty to interns, are really nice, even though I’m usually extremely awkward and quiet.
I first heard of the OIMB REU Internship opportunity from my school advisor, Deron Carter. I ended up also taking a Geology Course from him, and highly recommend him as a professor to all LBCC students. I was really apprehensive about applying for the internship, because Deron told me how many people have applied in the past, and the fact they only take 10-11 students made me start to believe I would never be chosen. Receiving the email that said I was accepted felt like a dream.
While I am here at OIMB, I am interning for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. This week I had kayak training, did water quality testing, went to the Interpretive Center, joined an Invasive Species Conference, visited the Charleston Marine Life Center, and became familiar with lab techniques used here. Kayak training was intense, and I walked away feeling really embarrassed. I realized I only felt bad because I was comparing myself to other people, and that I should be proud for never giving up. Looking back, it was really fun and everyone was supportive. Water quality testing was the best, even though I had to get up really early. Being out on a boat is my idea fun, and being out on one twice in one day was magical. Low tide was my favorite because we saw many seals and other sea life.