Carolyn Menke

Carolyn at Tygh ValleyCarolyn has been a plant conservation biologist with IAE since 2003, and became assistant executive director in 2015. She received her B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis, and her M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. Carolyn’s most recent projects at IAE have included vegetation surveys and mapping at Willamette Valley natural areas, research to determine effective combinations of herbicides for control of exotic annual grasses, GIS analysis and support, management plan development and review, and work as the lead author of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) for Benton County and Yamhill County, Oregon, and Thurston County, Washington.
Carolyn has also taught biology at Western Oregon University and worked as a field biologist in various locales, including the North Cascades, the Klamath Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and New South Wales.

When not at IAE, Carolyn spends most of her time chasing her kids around Corvallis, but she also enjoys perfecting the landscape of her backyard, playing ultimate frisbee and trail running.