Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., TSF’s new Science Director

NEVADA CITY, 26 January 2010 – The Sierra Fund is pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Science Director Carrie Monohan, Ph.D.  “Dr. Monohan has an excellent reputation for both her scientific expertise and clarity of communication to the community audience,” notes Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund. “In previous years, she has served as a consultant to our Mining Initiative, including major contributions to our Mining’s Toxic Legacy report, and has earned the respect of academic and scientific peers.  We are thrilled to bring her on as Science Director.”

Carrie MonohanCarrie earned her Ph.D. in Forest Engineering and Hydrology in 2004 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dissertation work addressed the relationship between water quality in agricultural streams and diminishing salmon habitat. Throughout her graduate program, she was a research assistant to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Other notable recent positions include Senior River Scientist for the Natural Heritage Institute and project manager and lead scientist for the EPA Brownfields Community Wide Assessment in Nevada City.  Carrie has worked as a consultant to The Sierra Fund since 2007. 

“This position at The Sierra Fund is what I’ve always hoped to do—bringing good science to vital environmental issues in order to make a difference in how we relate to the places we live, and advocate for important policy changes,” says Carrie.  “I get to be a bridge between science and the community, university researchers and on-the-ground nonprofit work!” 

Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Carrie always wanted to be a scientist.  She honed her dreams to focus on streams and rivers while a river guide as an undergraduate. 

In 2005 Carrie moved to Nevada City with her husband Keith, daughter Camas (8 years) and son Will (5).  She still loves river rafting in the Northwest, but has also settled into “Hobby Homesteading” off the grid on their 3.5 acres, gardening, and being involved in her kids’ school, Yuba River Charter.