ecological planning curriculum
Ecological Planning Class of 2010
- 2010 Ecological Planning and Field Naturalist Team
Front (left to right): Lydia Menendez (EP), Kim Hoffman (EP), Rosemary Mosco (FN); Back (left to right): Emily Stone (FN), Nathaly Agosto Filion (EP), Teage O'Connor (FN), Caitlin McDonough (EP), Jennifer Wright (EP), Autumn Foushée (FN)
- Nathaly Agosto Filion
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York, Nathaly is a Class of 2005 UVM graduate with a BS in Natural Resources (self-designed major in "Outdoor Education") and a BM in Vocal Music Performance (mezzo-soprano). At UVM, Nathaly was active in the leadership of Alianza Latina and several diversity and leadership initiatives around campus. She is quite proud of having been awarded the "Class of 1967" Senior Award. Upon graduation, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows as a bilingual, 4th grade teacher where she was promptly chewed up and spit back out of the system, thankfully, before having lost her sense of self and love for children. After a stint selling health insurance over the phone, she joined the CityParks Education team and proceeded to do what she's always known and loved: taking hikes and playing nature games with children of all ages.
Nathaly is passionate about activism and civic engagement; she hopes to focus her graduate work on issues of environmental justice and grassroots organizing for sustainable development. She currently volunteers with the Oxfam Action Corps and sings with the choir at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington during her free time and makes too little dough waiting tables at the Outback Steakhouse in South Burlington. She was married this summer atop Mt. Philo and lives in Burlington's Old North End with her husband, Ramiro, and dog-child, Tigger.
- Kim Hoffman
I grew up in rural Vermont where I spent most of my free time playing outside or reading whatever book I could get my hands on. As I played in and explored the forests and streams around my house I "discovered" that all of the things that I saw—pine trees, worms, frogs, blackflies—were connected in some way. This discovery, which I thought that no one else understood, both amazed and fascinated me. As I got older I realized that mine wasn't a unique discovery, but was still fascinated by ecology.
I left Vermont to go to college where, after a brief stint as a music major, I spent two summers and several semesters researching river morphology. I also managed to travel a bit during college, which was great. After college I spent a year teaching education programs at a small nature center. It was there that I decided to become a teacher. The noble side of me wanted to share my passion for science and the environment with the next generation of potential scientists, policy- and decision-makers; the practical side of me longed for summer vacations! Since then I've been teaching high school science, mainly Biology, throughout New England. I returned home to Vermont three years ago and set up a yurt last summer. I live in the yurt with my dog and absolutely love it! I spend most of my free time outside with her, playing fetch and tug-of-war, or hiking or whatever else seems like it will be fun on any given day.
- Caitlin McDonough
Caitlin McDonough hails from Paxton, Massachusetts by way of New Hampshire, Boston, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in central Mass with a big back yard, a pair of golden retrievers, and a blueberry bush that provided many delicious pancake breakfasts. As the oldest of six children, she led several expeditions to build tree forts and wrote a series of unpublished bedtime stories starring jungle animals with her siblings' names.
When she left home, New Hampshire's White Mountains gave her peaks to climb and summers at the tree line as a Hut Naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club. She also led freshman orientation trips backpacking through her favorite places like Zealand Falls and Carter Notch. Caitlin graduated from Harvard University in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a sweet forehand flick acquired during her captainship of the Ultimate Frisbee team. In Chicago, she interned at the Sierra Club analyzing Illinois environmental policy, but the office life gave her cabin fever and she struck out for the West.
Trading memos and factsheets for DBH tapes and a climbing harness, Caitlin joined a research team studying canopy arthropod biodiversity with The Nature Conservancy. She ascended into the canopies of giant Sitka Spruces, Western Hemlocks and Western Red Cedars to collect insects and epiphytic lichens and fell in love with fieldwork. At the end of the field season, she returned to Chicago to live with her boyfriend, take Spanish 1, and apply to grad school. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys baking things from scratch, knitting, trail running, and hiking with her dog. As an Ecological Planner, she looks forward to adventuring around Vermont from her basecamp in the Bailey-Howe Library.
- Lydia Menendez
What compels a passion, what fuels a dream? For Lydia it was her early explorations of the tidal salt marsh behind her childhood home in Connecticut. She found humility, gratitude, and joy in her wanderings. From these early experiences enjoying nature, Lydia desired to make the most of this one precious life and explore and share her love of planet Earth.
After college Lydia spent 12 months as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Maryland Conservation Corps and realized her love of direct conservation work combined with education. This passion, and her love of traveling, took her across the United States. She worked as a seasonal environmental educator on Orcas Island in the Puget Sound off Washington, at Drumlin Farm Audubon Sanctuary in Massachusetts, and Farm & Wilderness in Plymouth, Vermont. After exploring Costa Rica and Bolivia, she decided it was time to build community in a place she could call home, and she moved to Vermont.
After three years implementing a commercial organics composting program and working towards Zero Waste with Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, Lydia decided to pursue graduate school in the Ecological Planning program. Her Master's project will draw together her professional experiences to help advance the work of FN graduate James Barnes. She will focus on increasing capacity for The LANDS Stewardship program, a college internship program that trains students with technical skills and provides national, state, and town forest and parks, and non-profit land conservation organizations with high-quality natural resource inventory and mapping products.
- Jennifer Wright
I graduated from Laval University, Quebec City, in forest management (1999), and I have been working in the natural resource management field for more than nine years. I began my professional career working as a forester for a small private consulting firm outside Montreal, Quebec. I implemented the federally funded recovery program for non-industrial forest landowners after the 1998 ice storm.
After traveling in Southeast Asia, I decided to take advantage of my dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship (born in southern California) and relocate to the Western part of the U.S. I completed almost seven fulfilling and challenging years working for the Oregon Department of Forestry in the coastal town of Coos Bay. I was fortunate to experience the multiple facets of natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest. My exposure mainly included working with southern Oregon coast non-industrial forest landowners assisting them in obtaining their forest management goals. However, I also coordinated the development of the Elliott State Forest multiple species habitat conservation plan, worked on state project forest fires and most recently, coordinated the Forest Legacy program.
My experience in the natural resource domain has taught me the strong inter-relation between social, ecological, and economical impact of natural resource policies. Maintaining healthy productive forest land in North America is a challenging task which will require natural resource managers to inform and educate political leaders. I have always enjoyed working with non-industrial forest landowners and I hope to contribute to the development of new tools and/or improve policies to assist landowners in maintaining their forest, a productive one. Keeping an open mind and assuring a broad perspective about natural resource management is of paramount importance to me. I truly enjoyed working and living in the Pacific Northwest but I think it can only be beneficial to return to school in the northeast. Furthermore, adding the benefits of living closer to my family in Quebec surely compounds to the excitement of relocating to Vermont.
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