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Katie Laushman

My work is focused on the development of restoration techniques for drylands of the Southwest. 

As the Field Manager for RestoreNet, I work to build collaborations between land managers and scientists through the development of experimental restoration sites. As our network has grown, I have been involved in the planning and installation of field sites stretching from the Colorado Plateau to the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave Deserts, and enjoy working with university collaborators and interns to restore both public and private lands. Prior to working in dryland restoration, I studied invasive species issues in the forests of the Midwest and led trail crews around the country.

Relevant Past Positions

Student Conservation Association, Zion NP & Voyageurs NP, 2017 & 2019

Conservation Crew Member

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 2014 – 2017

Introductory Biology Teaching Assistant

Student Conservation Association, ME, AK, SC, 2014-2016

Leader of High School Conservation Crews

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ottawa National Forest, MI, and Madison, WI 2013 - 2014

Field and Lab Technician

Earlham College New Zealand Semester Program, New Zealand, 2013

Program Assistant

Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management Internship, Lakeview, OR, 2012

Bureau of Land Management Vegetation Monitoring Intern

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 2011

REU Student/Research Assistant

Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 2009

Invasive Species Monitoring Intern

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Environment and Resources, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, May 2017

    B.A. Biology, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, May 2012

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