Grace joined Leelanau Conservancy in February 2021 serving as a Stewardship Technician through Huron Pines AmeriCorps. She will be assisting the stewardship team with projects that support the Conservancy’s natural areas, preserves, and forest reserves. These projects include water quality monitoring, invasive plant control, restoration, botanical surveys, improving trail infrastructure, and outreach activities.
Grace is a born and raised Michigander from Royal Oak, spending her childhood summers in Gaylord and graduating from Michigan State University in 2018. At MSU she studied environmental biology and entomology, going on to pursue her masters of forestry at Northern Arizona University. She is currently finishing her thesis in her spare time. Before joining the Leelanau Conservancy Grace’s work focused primarily of research, bouncing around a couple different entomology labs before finding her passion for forest health and entomology. She has worked on projects ranging from emerald ash borer in eastern Michigan to green spruce aphid in western New Mexico, while her graduate research explores the relationship between bark beetles, drought and ponderosa pine mortality.
Although she has spent a significant amount of time in northern Michigan, and even has family in Traverse City, Grace hasn’t had the chance to explore Leelanau. She is a fan of any activity that gets her outside and looks forward to discovering all the natural through hiking, biking and camping.