Staff & Interns

Caroline Blake

Watershed and Lake Education Program Assistant

E-mail: cdblake@uvm.edu
Education:
  • M.S. Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2019
  • B.A. Biology/Chemistry, University of Vermont 2013
Caroline has called Vermont home on and off for the past 10 years but grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. She recently graduated with a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; however, she completed her undergraduate degree at UVM in 2013. Since 2009, she has called many states home (Vermont, California, and Wisconsin), but she is excited to circle back to UVM where her environmental education career officially began. She will enjoy being closer to the mountains and Lake Champlain.

Ashley Eaton

Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator

E-mail: akeaton@uvm.edu
Education:
  • M.S. Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2017
  • B.S. Education, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, 2013
Growing up on the shores of Lake Champlain Ashley has seen first hand the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and has focused her academic studies and professional pursuits on improving water quality in the Basin. Ashley joined the Lake Champlain Sea Grant team in 2015. She has a Bachelor's of Science from UVM in Elementary Education and Environmental Science. She has spent her career immersed in environmental education and research. She is on the VTSWEEP board and an active partner with the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. In 2017 Ashley finished her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont where she was a part of the Leadership for Sustainability (MSLS) program.

Nate Trachte

NY Education Specialist

Education:
  • M.Ed. Environmental Education, Western Washington University, 2019
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College, 2017
Nate grew up in the Ausable River Watershed in upstate New York where he fell in love with the region. An avid backcountry skier, hiker, mountain biker, paddler, and lover of adventure, Nate spends his time outside whenever possible. He is passionate about inspiring young people to interact with and study their local environment in hopes of emboldening the next generation of environmental stewards. In 2017, Nate earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Fort Lewis College. In 2019, he completed his Master’s in Education with a focus in environmental education from Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute. Before joining Lake Champlain Sea Grant he worked with a variety of experiential environmental education programs.

Carly Alpert

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Science
Carly is a Junior studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources at the University of Vermont. As a native Vermonter, she feels a personal responsibility to protect the beautiful Lake Champlain and keep its waters clean. She worked as an intern for the Vermont Clean Water Network in the summer of 2019. She loves to hike, swim, and waterski!

Sarah Bayer

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Studies
Sarah is a junior at the University of Vermont. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology as well as Community and International Development. In May of 2019, Sarah conducted research on seed networks in the Highlands of Peru with the University of Vermont and the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD). Sarah loves to spend her free time swimming, hiking, and going on adventures.

Elizabeth Beall

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Science
Elizabeth has lived in NYC almost all her life and was ready for a change of scenery. She realized she loved being in a quieter and more natural setting. She is excited to continue in her passion for environmental science for the next three years of college, hopefully building a focus in a water resources concentration.

Paige Carpenter

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Studies
Paige is from Long Beach New York, where she loves to swim, surf and play beach volleyball. She loves helping and teaching others, as she spends her summers as an ocean lifeguard and swim instructor. However, when she is not on the beach, you can find her hiking and skiing. As a current freshman at UVM she is excited to explore Vermont and hopefully learn how to snowboard.

Alexis Chagnon

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Alexis was born and raised in St. Albans, Vermont. She is currently studying Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at the University of Vermont and is in her junior year. Her education started at the University of New Hampshire but came home to Vermont to finish her undergraduate degree. While studying at UVM she discovered her interest in education and would like to further her studies in education in the future.

Naomi Chandler

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BAc Zoology
Naomi Chandler is a sophomore at the University of Vermont. She is pursuing a zoology major with a strong passion for conservation and the environment. She was drawn to Burlington in part by Lake Champlain and the beautiful waterfront. She is more than excited to help as much as she can to educate about and aid in the preservation of the lake and the life it holds.

Cameryn Dondero

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Studies
Cami is a sophomore Elementary Education major at UVM. As a future teacher, she looks forward to raising awareness in her classroom about the positive and negative ways that humans affect the environment. Cami is so excited to learn more about what can be done to help local communities and pass on that knowledge. She grew up in Long Island, New York and enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, skiing, running, babysitting, and yoga.

Jillian Duprey

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Secondary Education
Jill is a junior at the University of Vermont studying Secondary Education with a concentration in Math. She loves spending time outdoors, and during her free time she can be found hiking, walking, or swimming. During the summer she works as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She started as a Watershed Educator in the Fall of 2018 and loves to work with youth and help them discover a passion for the environment.

Gabe Frigo

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering
Gabe is from South Burlington, Vermont. He enjoys being outdoors, especially around the lake. He loves pond hockey, hikes, and running in the mornings. He enjoys working for Watershed Alliance because he has grown up here and feels very attached to the area.

Jack Goldman

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Science
Jack is a senior at The University of Vermont and a new member to the Sea Grant Family. At UVM jack has developed a new found love of forestry and is pursuing this through a self-designed concentration in Forest Hydrology with hopes to teach and continue to take part in research. Growing up, he lived in a small village on the outskirts of the Big Apple along the Hudson River where he cultivated his love for water, including the physical, chemical or recreational properties. Currently his favorite activities are hiking, biking, swimming, reading and listening to new music. Perhaps best of all, Jack loves Peanut Butter (I always carry a jar with me), Bananas, and any type of bread.

Katherine Helmer

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Science
Katherine is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources. She grew up in Massachusetts, where she first discovered her love for the outdoors in the woods and ponds of her hometown as well as on the shores of Cape Cod. Since then, she has worked as a research assistant in the Pespeni Lab at the University of Vermont studying sea urchins and copepods and as a deckhand on the research vessel Melosira. In addition to working as a Watershed Alliance Intern, she has also worked as a Clean Boating Intern for Lake Champlain Sea Grant. In her spare time, Katherine likes to hike, swim, and watch sunsets on Lake Champlain.

Mary Lynch

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BAc Environmental Studies & Anthropology
As a sophomore at UVM, Mary is pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She is originally from the southern tier of New York state but loves Vermont just the same. During the summer, Mary works at an environmental education summer camp in the Adirondack State park. She is very excited to continue her work in unconventional classrooms with the Watershed Alliance.

Rachel Pierson

Watershed Educator & Graduate Student

Education:
  • MSc Natural Resources
Rachel grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. After completing college at Salisbury University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography, she began graduate school at UVM and is a second-year Master's student in the Water, Education, Science, and Policy Lab. Rachel's research is an international citizen science collaboration to study what motivates people to volunteer for stream-based water monitoring programs and to determine what actions people may take as a result of their participation.

Margaret Polifrone

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc in Science & Arts
Margaret Polifrone, I'm majoring in biological sciences and am considering going pre-med. I'm from southern New Hampshire, and enjoy spending time outdoors like running, hiking, or swimming. My favorite items to consume are coffee and dried mango.

Zoe Weeks-Purdy

Watershed Educator

Education:
  • BSc Environmental Science
Zoe Weeks-Purdy is a sophomore environmental science major at UVM. She is from the beautiful fingerlakes region of New York and can be found hiking or reading a book in her freetime. She is excited for the semester and the opportunity to work with the Watershed Alliance.