Deborah’s work focuses on restoration at more than 30 Conservancy preserves across Maryland/DC and reaching into West Virginia. Her projects include planting native trees; controlling invasive species; returning natural processes like fire to the landscape through controlled burns; improving water flow through hydrologic restoration; and monitoring how plants, animals, and natural communities respond to these conservation actions.
Deborah on Why Her Work Is Rewarding
"Ecological restoration is hard, fun, frustrating and surprising. Some of these projects will take years to see results, but these long-term projects are also very satisfying. In almost every aspect of my work, once the initial step is implemented - site is burned, ditch is plugged, trees are planted - the ecology takes over and the natural communities return. As we observe climate changes and species shifts, the importance of maintaining healthy, resilient systems is increasingly critical."
- Ph.D., Entomology and Plant Biology, Louisiana State University
- M.S., Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee
- B.S., International Environmental Studies, Rutgers