Dionné Mejía

Dionné Mejía is one of two Ecological Education Program Coordinators for IAE. She helps coordinate the Sagebrush in Prisons Program, which is a multi-state effort between Institute for Applied Ecology, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Corrections to restore habitat for greater sage-grouse. Dionné is currently working in conjunction with Sustainability in Prisons and the Oregon Food Bank to develop a vocational gardening and horticulture curriculum for incarcerated adults. She is also one of the lead instructors for the Willamette-Laja Youth Program, which connects students in several elementary schools in the Willamette Valley and in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Students in both areas learn about shared migratory birds, habitats, watersheds, and other conservation topics.
Dionné obtained her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California San Diego and studied rove beetle diversity in the Sonoran Desert for her Master’s thesis. She has worked as a teaching assistant, community college instructor, and after-school tutor. In 2017, she interned as a resident naturalist at the University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, where she led tours and lectures in the tropical rainforest and studied dung beetle diversity. Most recently, she worked on the forest pollinator study in the Rivers Lab at Oregon State University. In her free time, Dionné enjoys riding her bike and spending time outdoors.