With the Conservancy since 2005, Megan works on forest restoration, energy, and international land protection opportunities. For forest restoration, she is facilitating the Southern Rocky Mountain Ecoregion Consortium, which is a multi-agency collaborative effort that is funded by the federal government to bridge gaps between fire scientists and practitioners.
For energy, she works with a team on policy and planning efforts, including Energy by Design, to minimize the footprint of oil, gas, and wind development. She also dedicates a quarter of her time to the Conservancy’s international programs, and is in process of writing a reference book entitled, Protecting China’s Biodiversity: A Guide to Land Use, Land Tenure, and Land Protection Opportunities.
Megan’s roles are ever-changing. Once upon a time, right after finishing her B.A. in economics from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), she worked for Ernst & Young as a management consultant. Two years later, she gleefully shed her suit and donned canvas pants and a t-shirt to girdle tamarisk (an invasive species), build trails, and construct houses with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Since then, she earned an M.S. in resource policy and land uUse planning from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment; interned for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado as a Conservation Planner; worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a Planning & Environmental Analyst through a Presidential Management Fellowship; and started working for the Conservancy as Public Lands Program Manager in 2005.
Originally from Pennsylvania and Michigan, Megan couldn’t be happier to be in sunny Colorado where she can run, hike or bike almost every day of the year. She also enjoys riding local transportation in foreign countries, building things, and trying to hold airplane pose in yoga without falling.