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Jan 2009Present

Owner & Principal Ecologist

Streamscape Environmental

In January of 2009 I began this small, woman-owned environmental consulting firm to provide services for the protection and restoration of New England's stream ecosystems. Streamscape Environmental's approach recognizes that the health of waterways requires a broader focus than the stream channel itself. Because we understand the vital connections between land and water, we strive to address land-use practices that impact the landscape in which the stream course is embedded (i.e. its watershed), as well as those practices that more directly impact the stream’s natural structure and function. 

To learn more about Streamscape Environmental and our current and past projects, please visit our website: StreamscapeEnvironmental.com

Sep 2007Jan 2009

Environmental Consultant

Independent Contractor
Consulted on projects for a variety of conservation organizations and other environmental consultant. Representative projects include the following: Maine Department of Marine Resources, Hallowell, ME: Researched and wrote a White Paper on common stream connectivity challenges in New England. Included stream assessment, literature research, mapping & spatial analysis using GPS & GIS, and writing, editing and formatting document. Moosewood Ecological, LLC, Keene, NH: Member of team conducting stream habitat assessment and developing restoration plan for Beaver Brook, an urban stream in southwest New Hampshire. My contribution included stream habitat assessments, invasive species control research, GIS mapping & spatial analysis, data management & analysis, macroinvertebrate sampling, assisting with stream survey and stream bank erodibility assessment. MHS & Associates, Keene, NH: Assisted with a Hydrological Assessment and Jurisdictional Wetlands Delineation in Acworth, NH. My part of the project included collecting hydrologic data for a 3-month, sub-surface analysis of the hydrology associated with a shrub/emergent palustrine wetland, which was a proposed site for a residential constructed wetland and pond, surveying and mapping the wetland, analyzing and correlating current water level data in relation to historical precipitation data, and creating maps, tables & graphs for inclusion in the final report.
20082008

Cool Monadnock Project Assistant

Antioch New England Institute (ANEI)

Cool Monadnock, a three-year joint initiative between Clean Air-Cool Planet and Antioch New England Institute, is a community driven initiative working to build a baseline of energy consumption for 35 towns in southwestern New Hampshire. As a project assistant I performed energy audits for multiple municipalities, obtained regional energy data, maintained the website, created the brochure, and assisted with events.

20072007

Monadnock Pathways and Trails Initiative GIS Support

Antioch New England Institute (ANEI)

Monadnock Pathways and Trails Initiative is a broad coalition of pathway and trail users, landowners, government, and other interested individuals and organizations in the Monadnock region of southwest New Hampshire. Utilizing a variety of existing trail maps and GPS data, I created a regional trail map for this organization using ESRI's ArcView 9 system.

20062007

CTAP Event Coordinator

Antioch New England Institute (ANEI)

The Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) was an initiative developed by ANEI and NH DOT to develop a broad and comprehensive program to meet the wide range of growth challenges that faced the 26 communities in New Hampshire's I-93 expansion corridor.  My primary responsibilities were coordinating and facilitating community events, drafting and editing letters and documents, and providing general support as necessary.  

Jul 2004Oct 2005

Recreation Technician

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Promoted and enforced forest service rules and regulations, provided forest visitors with information about recreation opportunities, and monitored recreational use via patrolling front country areas within the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts. • Supervised and trained GS-3 level seasonal Forestry Technician • Conducted campground maintenance projects • Maintained informational bulletin boards • Inventoried, treated, monitored and mapped noxious weeds along forest roadsides, trails, and camping areas • Performed campground inspections

Jul 2004Oct 2005

Grants and Agreements Coordinator

Forest Legacy Center
This non-profit was designed to give recent college graduates a fast track to permanent, year round employment with federal land management agencies, particularly the forest service. With the organization in its infancy when I began, I assisted in trying to get it off the ground by writing grant proposals, designing advertisements, writing news releases, helping develop the budget for fiscal year 2005, writing and dispersing funding letters and other correspondences, helping to coordinate and set-up fundraising events, and representing the organization at regional events.
Jan 2003Jun 2004

Bidder and Office Assistant

Cal-Kirk Landscaping, Inc.

Researched & recommended potential erosion control jobs and prepared & submitted bids; set up new job and rental contracts, customer service, deposits, accounts receivable, miscellaneous research, and advertising.

20022002

Recreation Research Field Assistant

Conducted field research, including site observation periods, surveys, and instantaneous counts, at recreational sites along the Klamath River between Klamath Falls, Oregon and Yreka, California, as part of a relicensing project for a series of hydroelectric dams.  I created and maintained my own sampling schedule and organization system and worked independently on rugged terrain.  

Education

References

Jeff Littleton

I worked as a subcontractor for Jeff on the Beaver Brook habitat assessment and restoration plan project in Keene, NH.  I am also currently beginning work on a wetland assessment project with Jeff for the town of Peterborough, NH.  

Melissa Laser, PhD

Melissa was my primary client and point of contact for the Maine Department of Marine Resources White Paper that I researched and wrote in the fall of 2008.  

Jim Gruber

I worked under Jim's supervision on three separate projects at Antioch New England Institute: Cool Monadnock, Community Technical Assistance Program, and Monadnock Pathways and Trails Initiative.  Jim was also an instructor for 3 courses I took at Antioch University New England.   

Michael Simpson

I have worked for and with Michael on a variety of projects, including a Hydrologic Assessment and Jurisdictional Wetlands Delineation project for a private landowner in Acworth, NH, an urban stream restoration project in Keene, NH, and Tier II Rosgen Stream Classification for two streams in Winchester, NH. 

Representative Projects

Summary

As the owner and Principal Ecologist of Streamscape Environmental, I specialize in conservation and restoration planning, watershed assessments, freshwater ecology, and stormwater management. My wide array of professional experience in the environmental field, as well as in administrative and public relations capacities, has allowed me to develop a far-reaching network that includes environmental professionals within federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses. This network allows Streamscape Environmental to marshal a breadth of expertise to address the complexities of land use and water resource challenges for our clients.Originally a westerner, I moved from Jackson, Wyoming, where I worked for the US Forest Service, to New Hampshire to pursue my graduate studies at Antioch University New England.In September 2007, I began working as an independent consultant, serving such clients as MHS & Associates, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and Moosewood Ecological, LLC.  I also worked with Antioch New England Institute on a variety of land use and community planning projects, includingthe Community Technical Assistance Program, Monadnock Pathways & Trails Initiative, and Cool Monadnock. 

Service to the Community

The Nature Conservancy, Vermont

Spring 2009  Reader/Editor

  • Read and helped edit the "Vermont Landowners Guide to Invasive Plant Management", a new manual for invasive plant management targeted toward land owners in Vermont, but relevant to a much broader audience as well. 

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Atlantic Salmon Fry Stocking

May 2009  Volunteer stocker

  • Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department stocks more than a million Atlantic salmon fry in southern Vermont tributaries to the Connecticut River each spring as part of the salmon restoration program. Stocking involves walking several stream sections (totaling 1-3 miles per day per stocker) to distribute fry. 

Team in Training, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Massachusetts Chapter

Jan 2008-Jun 2008Fundraiser/Participant

  • Raised over $5,000 for the LLS while training to run a marathon.I exceeded my fundraising goal and completed my marathon in Anchorage, Alaska on June 21, 2008.

Natural Resources Club, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Jan 2003-May 2004Active Member

  • Stream restoration & bank stabilization projects
  • Invasive plant removal & native plant restoration

Skills

Stream Habitat Assessments, Rosgen Stream Classification, Watershed Assessments, Ecological Studies, Ecological Restoration, Baseline Documentation Reports, Public Relations/Involvement, Field Studies & Data Collection, Data Management & Analysis, GIS/GPS Mapping, Macro-invertebrate Sampling, Soils Mapping & Interpretation, Background / Literature Review.