Hi my name is Rachel Posavetz, and I am a Senior Fellow of the 2017 Delaware River Watershed Network. (I apologize, I don't know how to remedy my sideways profile picture, good neck stretch for ya.) I am currently working in regional environmental planning but looking to transition back into outreach and volunteer coordination work.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University, and focused my academic concentration on freshwater ecology and resource management, and organismal biology. While studying at Michigan State, I was afforded the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Richard Merritt, a renowned North American aquatic entomologist, and participate in a stream study in Alaska.
I bring with me a diverse background in ecology, from federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly reintroduction through the Detroit Zoological Society, to Emerald Ash Borer population research for Dr. Deborah McCullough and studying the effects of genetically modified Bt corn on aquatic macros at Michigan State University, to mapping Great Lakes coastal wetland plant communities in the U.S. and Canada for Michigan Tech Research Institute.
Aside from research, I have realized the powerful impact of Outreach Education as a nature center Naturalist, and through engaging communities while serving in the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. After all, my interest in stream monitoring and aquatic macros began as a citizen science volunteer in the Adopt-A-Stream Program for the Clinton River Watershed Council in 2007!
I believe strongly that if people can be re-connected with the natural world in a meaningful way, that they will make more sustainable choices to protect the precious natural resources that belong to all of us, and this is my primary life's focus.
In my leisure time I enjoy anything outdoors, song-writing, painting, yoga, spiritual practice, volunteering and most of all playing with my best friend: a Siberian Husky ^_^