Laura Gersony is a reporting intern with Circle of Blue this summer and a third year at the University of Chicago, where she’s studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. She’s passionate about communicating how climate change and other environmental issues are experienced on the ground. In her free time, you can find Laura nursing seedlings on her windowsill, skateboarding around Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, or making unreasonably specific playlists on Spotify.

Christian Thorsberg is an intern this spring with Circle of Blue, and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He will graduate this June with majors in Journalism and Creative Writing, and will attend Medill’s MSJ program to concentrate in magazine and environmental writing. He is passionate about making urgent climate and cultural phenomena that often appear slow or invisible, and examines such topics in his reporting, poetry, and fiction writing.

Hannah Ni’Shuilleabhain is a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and completing her Journalism Residency at Circle of Blue. She has reported for her college radio WNUR and online magazine NorthByNorthwestern on campus events, Evanston-Chicago news and scientific research. Based in her hometown Plano, Texas, her interests include rowing and learning Turkish.

Claire Kurnick is a Circle of Blue summer intern and a recent University of Denver graduate with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies. Her concentration is focused on International Health and Development. Claire has travelled throughout East Africa and the South Pacific focusing on Peace and Conflict studies along with Social and Environmental Development. Claire is a lifelong resident of the Great Lake state of Michigan, and has dedicated her academic focus on sustainable development strategies in protecting natural resources to enhance adequate standards of living for future generations to come. Claire not only has a passion for travel, but also the outdoors.

Alyanna is a graduate student at Binghamton University in New York pursuing a Masters degree in Biomedical Anthropology. Her academic background has centered around public health issues and epidemiology. At Circle of Blue, her reporting focuses primarily on the impact of COVID-19 on water access and hygiene internationally, exploring contemporary social, political, and economic issues relating to water.

Elena Bruess writes on the intersection of environment, health, and human rights for Circle of Blue and covers international conflict and water for Circle of Blue's HotSpots H2O.