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Autumn McGowan

Conservation Fellow, Michigan

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Areas of Expertise

Environmental and social policy

Media Contact

Ryan Hermes
ph. (517) 999-7745


Autumn joined The Nature Conservancy in 2022 as a Conservation Fellow supported by the DTE Foundation. Her fellowship supports the work of TNC Michigan and the science team with research, writing and data analysis.

Currently she is contributing to the research and report development for Michigan the Beautiful, image analysis of reef habitat with sustainable fisheries, and the data analysis of practice adoption for cover crops and conservation tillage in Michigan.

Autumn earned her B.A. in public policy in 2022 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with specializations in environmental and social policy and minors in sociology and civic analytics. She is passionate about the ways in which communities and environments interact. She spent the summer of 2021 interning with Food & Water Watch on Chicago’s Water-for-All Coalition campaigning for water access and affordability within the city.

Outside of work, her interests include reading, exploring new places, learning new recipes  and hanging out with her partner and her cat, Gru.

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