Visitor Use Management Data Manager
Monica is a passionate hiker, wildlife lover, and conservationist. She has dedicated her academic and professional career to wildlife conservation and equitable environmental action. While she lived in Florida, she frequently summered in the Appalachians, including hiking an A.T. section from Neel’s Gap to Dick Creek Gap. As a trail enthusiast and resident of the Pacific Northwest, Monica believes that equitable access to natural spaces is essential for healthy, thriving people and communities.
Monica has a PhD in Environmental Science from Portland State University and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of London, Imperial College. From 2004 through 2011 Monica was Director of Research and Operations for the Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF), a small non-profit dedicated to the conservation of lemurs through captive breeding, scientific research, and education. She has conducted ecological field research in diverse settings, including scrub forest and wetlands in Florida, old growth and secondary forests in the Pacific Northwest, and tropical rainforest in Madagascar. At the ATC, Monica continues her focus on joining data from diverse sources with geographic information to inform, empower, and improve conservation programs and outcomes.
Monica lives in Washougal, WA near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with her husband (“Mash”, GA-ME 2006) and two mischievous cats.