Denise has been at IAE since 2008 and works as a Naturalist for the Conservation Research program. Some of her many duties include analyzing data, designing and implementing restoration experiments on rare and invasive species, leading field crews, writing reports and grants and creating beautiful maps in GIS. She received an M.S. in Geology from Oregon State University in 2009, where she focused on the evolution of a long-lived volcanic system in northern Chile. She received a B.A. in Earth Sciences-Geology and Spanish from Western Oregon University in 2003, where her research interests included the development of a relative dating scheme of the 400+ volcanic cinder cones surrounding Newberry Volcano.
Some of her past field jobs include a project in northern Arizona studying the distribution of tephra from Sunset Crater; on another project in the Gulf of Alaska she directed the collection of rock samples from a small porthole, at the bottom of the ocean, in the deep-sea submersible Alvin.
Some of her favorite projects include work with Willamette Daisy (Erigeron decumbens), (a species she has worked on since her first day on the job!), and pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora).
Whether it is how to distinguish grasses from each other vegetatively, where to stop for coffee, or your license plate number, Denise is your lady. Away from IAE she spends time playing the piano and watching her son grow. She was born and raised in Corvallis, and has been using her on the ground experience gained at IAE to help maintain and restore the property surrounding her family’s homestead near Finley Wildlife Refuge.