B.S. in Geography, Oregon State University
After completing my undergraduate degree it was important to me to continue learning and gaining experience in the environmental services industry. I started volunteering for The Nature Conservancy, working with their planning and GIS department on a project for US Forest Service. Through my volunteering efforts I became interested in gaining professional experience through an AmeriCorp Internship, which I got working for the Clackamas River Basin Council. The 6 month internship ended up turning into a 2 year position, working on projects that focused on enhancing the watershed, and getting residence involved in its protection. Next I surveyed and studied salmonid habitat in the Upper Grand Ronde River, working with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This position focused on stream changes, riparian structure, streambed makeup, and snorkel surveys in order to understand the stream characteristics that make a difference to salmon. This year I started working with Watershed Sciences Inc., initially editing utility videos, and currently preparing LIDAR data for clients at their Corvallis office. My watershed centered work experience has allowed me to understand their importance, and has driven my focus towards water resources. Through the PSM degree program I’m looking to build my professional skills, and enhance my understanding of watershed processes and preservation. After graduating I’m looking to earn a career in the environmental sciences field, developing projects focused on water quality improvements.