Ellen joined The Nature Conservancy in NJ in 2005, where she spent her first few years developing and conducting a number of biological monitoring projects, including surveying rare plants and assessing forest health. Also playing a key role in developing the Chapter’s first statewide strategic plans, Ellen’s position focused increasingly on conservation planning and watershed assessment. She led a four-state effort by TNC staff to analyze the non-tidal Delaware River Basin to identify priority areas to conserve freshwater systems and helped further that work through the multi-partner “Delaware River Basin Conservation Initiative,” which assessed the entire Basin. As Director of Freshwater Programs since 2012, Ellen oversees all of the Chapter’s freshwater work, including a long-term investment in improving the Paulins Kill watershed, co-coordinating the NJ Highlands Cluster watershed program as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, and developing urban conservation initiatives aimed at helping to improve communities and watershed health simultaneously. Before joining TNC, Ellen conducted applied ecologic research for Virginia Tech University and Iowa State University. Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Greenwich in the UK.