Staff & Interns

Erin De Vries

UVM Watershed Alliance Program Manager/Aquatic Science Literacy Specialist

Education:
  • M.S. Ecological Planning, University of Vermont, 2008
  • B.A. Environmental Science, concentration in Conservation Biology and Botany, Franklin Pierce College, 1999
Erin has worked as the UVM WA Education & Outreach Coordinator/Aquatic Science Literacy Specialist since May 2010. She has expertise in natural resource planning and management through community based involvement in watershed stewardship and restoration. She has focused on aquatic resource conservation through jobs in the private, public and non-profit sector throughout North America and the Caribbean. She enjoys her outreach work as a board member of the State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP) and networking with Vermonters to increase environmental literacy of our precious water resources. Erin is interested in restoration ecology, exploring bogs with her son and husband as well as hiking, biking, yoga, and photography.

Ashley Eaton

Program Assistant

E-mail: akeaton@uvm.edu
Education:
  • M.S. Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Expected 2017
  • B.S. Education, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, 2013
Ashley joined UVM WA in November 2015. She is most likely found hiking, biking, and exploring the Green Mountains. Ashley realizes her education and work pursuits to be embedded in the natural world, working towards the development of a more sustainable future for Vermont. In 2013 Ashley received her Bachelor's of Science from UVM in Elementary Education with a concentration in Environmental Science/Studies. She has spent the last few years immersed in environmental education and outreach. Currently she is enrolled in the M.S. in Natural Resources studying Leadership for Sustainability (MSLS) where she is focusing on ecological and educational impacts of community-based service learning projects.

Sam Clerkin

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • B.S. Natural Resources: Resource Ecology, University of Vermont, expected 2016
Sam is a senior in the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont. She studies natural resources with a focus in ecology. Sam is interested in water resources, resource planning and community development. Sam hopes to continue being involved with environmental education after graduation. Sam enjoys hiking, running and canoeing.

Michelle DesLauriers

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • B.S. Environmental Science, University of Vermont, 2016
Michelle is a senior at UVM studying Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity. Realizing her passion for experiential education has led her to pair her scientific background with opportunities to teach and mentor. Michelle’s past roles as an educator have included work as a teaching assistant for UVM’s course in Natural History and Field Ecology and as a snowboard instructor. When Michelle is not working in these roles, you can find her hiking, swimming, biking or snowboarding (depending on the season, of course!).

Amelia Fontein

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, 2016
Amelia has been mucking around in streams and making friends with salamanders for a long time. Growing up in rural Vermont, Amelia became acquainted with the natural world at a young age, and her love for environmental stewardship has continued to grow ever since. She has done work in invasive species removal, energy efficiency, and environmental education. Last year, Amelia traveled to Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia to study the impacts of climate change on diverse world regions. Currently, Amelia is writing her undergraduate thesis on conservation and wildlife rehabilitation as forms of volunteer-based ecotourism. She is passionate about education, service, and travel, and she hopes to pursue a career that combines these three loves.

Ben Martin

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • B.A. Environmental Studies and Political Science, University of Vermont 2016
Ben is currently a senior Environmental Studies major at the University of Vermont. He is originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, and after developing an early interest in the environment he decided to study it at UVM. Ben enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as skiing, surfing, hiking, and camping. He hopes to work in environmental education and outreach or environmental policy after graduation.

Kristen McCarthy

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • B.S. Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Saint Michael's College, 2016
Kristen joined the UVM WA in the spring of 2016. She is a mathematics and environmental studies double major with a minor in chemistry who has recently found her passion in the science of water resources. Her past experience has included education and science but she is excited to finally be able to mix the two as a watershed educator. Kristen will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall of 2016 for a master’s in geological sciences. She is the captain of her college dance team and enjoys swimming, doing hair, exploring new places, and spending time by the ocean.

Kelly Westhelle

Program Assistant

Education:
  • B.S. Environmental Sciences: Ecological Design, University of Vermont, 2016
Kelly joined the Watershed Alliance in May 2016. Kelly recently graduated from UVM as an Honors College Scholar within RSENR’s Environmental Sciences program with a concentration in Ecological Design. Her interests in plants, phytoremediation, and ecological systems were reflected in her Honors thesis, where she evaluated the phosphorus uptake of twelve Vermont-native plant species when grown in simulated floating treatment wetlands. Kelly currently assists with the Watershed Alliance Program, performing administrative tasks and program outreach.