At Pathways, we enjoy working with and mentoring graduate student interns that have a strong interest in climate mitigation and climate adaptation. We become attached to our interns and enjoy watching them flourish when they graduate and begin their new careers. Meet some of our recent interns below.     

Rafael Castro

Physics Teacher

Rafael Castro

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Rafael interned with Silvestrum from February 2021 to August 2021. Rafael is an Atmospheric Scientist and graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science. His research focused on analyzing volcanic aerosols and their impacts on the environment and society by bringing together historic records, paleoclimate data, and climate modelling techniques. He also has a strong background in education and science communication, having taught high school physics and earth science, emphasizing making science more accessible to underrepresented communities. Rafael will support the analysis of potential future climate extremes to help communities prepare for the inevitable variability that climate change will bring. Rafael will use his educational background to make the results more accessible to both decision makers and the public. Rafael is now a high school science physics teacher at Latitude High.

Olivia Hoang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Olivia Hoang, PhD

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Olivia interned with Silvestrum from September 2018 thru December 2019 while completing her doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Professor Mark Stacey. Her doctoral research focused on the hydrodynamics of South San Francisco Bay, including the tidal patterns of stratification and the physical mechanisms that create and destroy stratification. At Silvestrum, she supported the Extreme Precipitation Study working closely with Kris May and Mike Mak. She put her advanced Python knowledge to work analyzing regional climate model data produced by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model. After graduating in December 2019, Olivia accepted a position as an Assistant Professor with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at San Jose State University.