Greetings Spotlight followers!
This week, we will spotlight some our Sierra Institute staff members who are working on the Watershed Program Study. We love our DOC research team and would love for you to get to know them a little more!
Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m a native Washingtonian hailing from the east coast. As an avid climber, skier, and explorer, Taylorsville, with its surrounding mountains, has quickly become home. I am a proud Tar Heel, earning my undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of North Carolina. In 2009, I moved to Bellingham, Washington to attend the Huxley College of the Environment, receiving an MS in Geography. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick, in Canada, studying the social dimensions of public land management. My role at the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is project lead for the Department of Conservation Watershed Program Study. I have been fortunate to visit numerous watersheds and meet a diverse range of stakeholders across California. When I am not working, I am hiking/climbing/skiing through the mountains with my coonhound pup, lil’ Tupelo.
Hello, this is John R Owen. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Coming from the land of 10,000 lakes to the land of California has been an interesting transition in terms of water resource management. I am excited to be learning more about the ecology, history, and politics associated with water resources through the DOC project. Here in Plumas County, some of my favorite experiences have been taking a dip in a swimming hole on a hot summer day and I find myself not only interested, but increasingly invested in the future of watershed management in this state. If you would like to discuss the DOC project or life in the heartland please contact me here!
Hello there! My name is Kaily, and I am one of the researchers working on the DOC Watershed Program Study. I came to Sierra Institute in June 2016 from the bayous of South Louisiana, where I received a B.A. in Environmental Sociology and researched social impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Currently, I am a research assistant for the DOC Watershed Program Study, where I contribute database and GIS support, help organize case study visits, assist in interviews, and draft case study reports. I am learning so much about the diverse geography of California and appreciate the opportunity to engage with so many diverse people working across the state to improve watershed health! When I am not working, I am hiking and enjoying the beauty of Indian Valley or cooking up some of my favorite Cajun cuisine. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
So with a Hi, Hello and Hello there, we thank you for reading and look forward to sharing more with you next week. Farewell.