Elizabeth Martin will be serving in the Monitoring Specialist position. Elizabeth grew up in Kansas and got a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Elizabeth got her first experience working in streams with the California Conservation Corps’ Watershed Stewards Program. She served at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Barbara performing river restoration and surveying for endangered steelhead trout. She is looking forward to spending this year working outdoors and in creeks. When she is not at work, you can find Elizabeth birding, camping, doing crosswords, rock climbing, or trying to find the best chocolate croissant in town.
Britt Mann will be serving in the Restoration Specialist position this year. Britt is a Pacific Northwest native hailing from Snohomish County, Washington. Britt graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor of arts in environmental economics and studies, with a minor in environmental policy. Since graduation Britt has enjoyed travel and volunteering as an urban forest steward. He is passionate about getting outdoors and the Pacific Northwest, and is excited to sharpen his plant id and environmental restoration skills with StreamTeam. When not serving with AmeriCorps, he can be found hiking, planning his next adventure, checking out a brewery, or just relaxing with a book at home.
Sam Clark joins our group as the Nursery Specialist. Growing up in Colorado, he spent a lot of time outdoors and quickly learned to appreciate all the wonders of the natural world. Much of this time was spent hiking, snowboarding, and mountain biking. This appreciation for the outdoors led him to attend Colorado State University and earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources Management. His time in school fostered a strong interest in ecological restoration and the conservation of natural lands. As a member of StreamTeam, Sam is excited to learn more about vegetation management and growing native plants. In his spare time, he enjoys disc golf, hiking, and playing his guitar.
McKenzie Kargel will be serving in the Education specialist position. McKenzie grew up hiking in the mountains of South Carolina, first cultivating her love of nature in the forests of the Southern Appalachians. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2018 with a degree in environmental science. Since her graduation, she has been working at camps across the country teaching in environmental education programs for fourth through ninth grade students. She is excited to bring her love of teaching others about the environment to StreamTeam and the Pacific Northwest. McKenzie loves hiking and rock climbing outdoors, and is always open to new suggestions of awesome places to explore! She also loves relaxing at home with a movie, a good book, or her latest knitting project.
Emily Dutton will be helping manage our restoration events and Home and Garden Idea Fair as the Restoration Events Specialist. Emily has always had a passion for the outdoors growing up in Massachusetts. After attending the University of New Hampshire for environmental conservation and sustainability, she is joining the StreamTeam as the restoration event coordinator. Signing up for trail maintenance projects during college is what started the idea of joining AmeriCorps. She is incredibly excited to be serving for the StreamTeam to incorporate the public in improving streams and riparian zones. She believes that the best way to promote change is through education. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, climbing, painting, singing, and identifying trees when no one asked.
Bronwyn Mellen-Jones will be serving as the Invasive Species Tech. After graduating from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Biology this past May of 2019, she is psyched to use her degree to serve with AmeriCorps, in an effort to better understand the impacts of invasive plant species on local ecosystems. Being born in Texas and moving across the East coast, Bronwyn is really excited to explore the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Despite claiming to be done with the snow of the Northeast, she hopes to learn how to snowboard and ski on the mountains between Oregon and Washington. When she is not working on invasive species eradication projects, you can find her drinking lots of coffee, exploring the numerous restaurants in Portland, rock climbing, and attempting to climb or hike mountains.