Carolyn spent her childhood running wild on a small farm near Pullman, WA and, thanks to her parents, has always been interested in science and how things work. In 2015 she went to Seattle to get her B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington, taking multiple ecology and fishery science classes. After graduation in the spring of 2019, she went to Oregon to work with the U.S. Forest Service doing stream surveys in Mt. Hood and Gifford-Pinchot National Forests. Through this summer, she learned how much she loves field work and how important it is to maintain our beautiful natural ecosystems.
Carolyn’s first exposure to the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper was through board member Gray Henderson. Gray brought her along on his boat in 2018 so she could see what citizen scientists do for the water quality monitoring program since she was taking a limnology class in the fall. That class came to be one of her favorites in college and in the winter of 2019, she was able to come back to north Idaho and start working with LPOW in the office. Carolyn loves being able to work with a small non-profit, especially one that is so involved in the community, and to learn more about what we can do to preserve the wonderful places we live in. In her free time, she loves reading, going on hikes, and baking.