Staff & Interns

Erin De Vries

UVM Watershed Alliance Outreach & Education Coordinator

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 environmental education. She has focused on environmental 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 Statewide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP) and networking with Vermonters to increase environmental literacy of our precious water resources. Erin is interested in global water conservation, exploring bogs with her son and husband as well as hiking, photography, and yoga.

Sophie Halpin

Watershed Educator

E-mail: shalpin@uvm.edu
Education:
  • B.S. Environmental Science, University of Vermont, 2014
Sophie’s love for the outdoors and waterways started in her beautiful hometown of Portland, Maine. Originally drawn to UVM by Lake Champlain and the town of Burlington, she is now just weeks away from graduating as an Environmental Science major, concentrating in conservation biology and biodiversity. She also has a minor in Green Building and Community Design, which has inspired her dream to live on a sustainable homestead with a self-providing garden and animals. Her favorite adventure is the camping & whitewater-rafting trip she takes in the summer with some close friends. In her spare time she likes to go on snowshoeing and hiking trips, draw and create ecological design plans,cook dinner with friends, and listen to live music downtown.

Holly Kreiner

Program Assistant/Watershed Educator

Education:
  • University of Vermont: Natural Resource Ecology
Holly is always eager to learn about new elements and connections within the natural world. She is a senior at UVM with a major in Natural Resource Ecology and a minor in Wildlife Biology. Her love for the natural world was first kindled after her move from the urban sprawl of San Antonio, TX to the quiet woods of Bolton Valley, VT when she was ten years old. She immensely enjoys studying forestry, ornithology, soil science, stream ecology, and watershed science. She is also very excited to be starting her new job as the Program Assistant for the Watershed Alliance. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, drinking tea, reading, making compost, bird watching, gardening, kayaking, and making pancakes are a few of Holly's favorite things to do.

Pete Land

Education:

Thornton Ritz

Watershed Educator

E-mail: tritz@uvm.edu
Education:
  • University of Vermont: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Thornton is a senior at UVM majoring in Fisheries Biology and minoring in Wildlife Biology. His love for the outdoors, especially fishing has driven him to pursue a career in preserving and protecting our aquatic ecosystems. Some of his coursework in Limnology, Stream Ecology, Ichthyology and Fisheries Management has given him the scientific background to make a difference in our aquatic systems. Through his scientific and personal background he has become very passionate about protecting our watersheds. He is very excited to reach out to the younger generations and educate them on the importance of our watersheds in order to protect our environment for years to come.