B.S. Botany, Humboldt State University (2014)
M.S. Natural Resources, University of Idaho (2017)
Shawna joined CoosWA as the Riparian Restoration and Invasive Species Program Leader in the spring of 2017. While earning her Bachelor of Science in botany from Humboldt State University, she developed a passion for the flora of the Pacific Northwest. There, she interned and volunteered for various organizations working on invasive species removal projects in riparian and wetland areas. During this time she also managed Youth Alive! Outdoor Adventures, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk youth in Humboldt County, CA. A graduate research assistantship brought her to the University of Idaho where she studied natural resources. She participated in a variety of research projects targeting invasive species and biological control of pests in agricultural, forestry, and restoration systems. Her thesis focused on biological control of pathogens in agricultural systems where she collaborated with landowners to help them accomplish their production goals. Shawna is thrilled to return to the Pacific Northwest where she hopes she can meaningfully contribute to riparian and wetland restoration efforts and bridge the gap with landowners to simultaneously help them accomplish their goals.
What Shawna Does at CoosWA
Shawna focuses on a variety of projects here at the Coos Watershed Association. She plans, implements, and monitors riparian restoration projects typically found in the lowlands of the Coos watershed. A major part of the work Shawna does involves surveying, removal, and management of invasive species in the Coos watershed. She also conducts plant surveys and planting projects for rare and endangered species in the area. Additionally, she conducts grant research, writing, and reporting, restoration project planning and implementation, and networks with landowners to create new restoration and invasive species removal projects in the Coos watershed.