My name is Amanda, and I just completed my first year as an MEM student at the Nic School specializing in wetlands, rivers, coasts, and all things water! Originally from coastal Massachusetts, I got my bachelors degree from the University of New Hampshire in environmental conservation. While at UNH I studied abroad in New Zealand, which instilled in me a wanderlust that still has not subsided. Upon graduating in 2012 I have taught outdoor ed in Yellowstone, volunteered at a buddhist monastery in Nepal, guided whitewater in Washington, and learned how to SCUBA dive in Thailand, among others. I am excited to apply the science and policy I have learned this past year at the Nic School in a very real (and outdoor!) setting this summer on the rivers of the American West!
Working on the BLM’s Western Rivers and Streams Assessment Project all summer has taught me a lot about the multi-use and inter-agency management of the public lands and waters of the United States. Growing upContinue reading
2,800 miles, five states, 6 rivers, 12 days… it’s been another epic hitch sampling streams for the BLM’s Western Rivers and Streams Assessment Project. Although the sampling design was randomly generated to produce an unbiasedContinue reading
It’s funny when you hike and spend all your time outside for work, you’d think I’d want some time off just relaxing indoors. Well that lasted exactly three quarters of a day, and then IContinue reading
Adventure Science. This became our motto as my first 14 day stream sampling hitch progressed. After all, we were backpacking up to 14 miles to get to our sampling sites. What’s more, we never hadContinue reading
Bank angle, embeddedness, bankfull height, canopy cover… These are just a few of the parameters that I will be measuring this summer as part of the Western Rivers and Streams Assessment (WRSA). Training is inContinue reading
This past weekend I had the opportunity to raft the Elwha River. The Elwha may be familiar to even those that have never spent time on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. It is theContinue reading