Women in Science - Amanda Egertson

Mar 30, 2017
March is Women's History Month and we are celebrating all month long by highlighting local women scientists in Central Oregon.

Happy Women’s History Month!  In honor of all the great women out there, past and present, we’re profiling three local women with a commitment to science.

This week, we are featuring the Land Trust's Stewardship Director, Amanda Egertson.

1. How did you get interested in working in science?

When I was growing up, my family had a cabin in the woods in north central Pennsylvania. Every weekend of my childhood was spent playing in those woods and splashing in the nearby creeks and streams. My mom shared with me her sense of adventure and innate curiosity in the natural world, so although I whined a lot on hikes back in those days, the seeds were planted and I eventually pursued a degree in ecology.

2. What is your educational background?

I have a BA in Music, an Elementary Education teaching certificate, and a Master’s in Animal Ecology. It’s not necessarily the typical progression, but I wouldn’t change it if I could.

Amanda Egertson does monitoring at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Land Trust.
Amanda Egertson does monitoring at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Land Trust.
3. What are your favorite parts of your current job?

Being OUTSIDE! I love exploring new properties and discovering their hidden treasures. I also enjoy working with amazing partners and learning SO MUCH through all of our collaborative restoration projects. Another favorite is meeting people on tours and hearing their stories, plus sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world—especially butterflies! Every day is different. And every day I get to work for an organization that’s doing something I sincerely believe in. It’s humbling and inspiring. I’ve never thought of myself as a career-minded individual, but after 13 years, I still feel very fortunate to do what I do.

4. What is a recent project you worked on that you especially enjoyed?

Honestly, I love any project that involves working in the field with others. Whether it’s a small work party with volunteers, large-scale stream restoration with multiple partners, visiting with Preserve neighbors to talk about stewardship projects, or sharing a monitoring day with the landowner of a conservation easement, I enjoy them all. If I had to pick a favorite though, I’d probably choose our recent restoration of Whychus Creek.

5. Who are your mentors and role models?

I’m inspired and enriched by so many people in our community—all those working to take care of this special region—whether they’re pulling weeds or working on large-scale conservation and restoration projects; whether their tool of choice is a planting shovel, weeding hoe, or camera. It’s all important, it all has value, and it all makes a difference.

Thank you, Amanda!

 

Read our other Women in Science blog posts: 
Women in Science - Cari Press
Women in Science - Pat Green