Molly McCormick

Connecting state-of-the-art science with today's land management challenges.

Biography

My work includes an understanding of complex human and natural systems, the importance of relationships between people and place, and recognition of the policies and social structures that shape our work. As an ecologist, I am interested in the function and restoration of desert ecosystems: grasslands, scrublands, and woodlands. I work on disturbances created by drought, mining and energy development, and other types of land use. I like to take a pro-active approach to disturbance and support strategic development and restoration, as water-limited ecosystems (a.k.a. deserts) are costly and difficult to restore. This work is important as degraded deserts create human health risks, increase chance of catastrophic fire, and loss of habitat which affects species of concern and working landscapes. I am the coordinator of the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest (RAMPS) program where I collaborate with mulitiple stakeholders to develop creative solutions to complex environmental issues.

I currently sit as the USGS federal liaison for the Plant Conservation Alliance.

Education

M.S. Environmental Science and Policy, Northern Arizona Unviersity, Flagstaff, AZ, May 2017

Studies in Western Herbal Medicine Certificate, Charles Kane, Tucson, AZ 2014

Permaculture Design Certificate, Sonoran Permaculture Guilde, Tucson, AZ, April 2013

B.A.S. Southwest Studies, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, May 2003

Interests

Plant Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Dryland Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Soil Erosion, Social-Ecological Systems, Stakeholder Engagement

Relevant Past Positions

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 2015-2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant for Environmental Programs

Friends of the Verde River Greenway, Cottonwood, AZ 2015-2017

Restoration Ecologist, Co-manager Verde Native Seed Coop

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ 2013-2017

Biological Science Technician (Intermittent)

Oak Creek Watershed Council, Sedona, AZ 2016

Urban Restoration Ecologist, Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Design

Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ 2013-2015

Restoration Ecologist, Outreach Coordinator, Native Plant Farmer

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ 2010-2013

Volunteer Plant Biologist

Grand Canyon Trust, Flagstaff, AZ 2010-2012

Budding Botanist Volunteer

Grand Canyon Hikes and Adventure Vista, Flagstaff, AZ 2003-2006

Grand Canyon Hiking Guide

Wolf Creek Anglers, South Fork, CO 2003

Fly Fishing Guide

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 2000

Biological Science Technician, Grand Canyon Fisheries