Dr. Carrie Monohan, Science Director, earned her Ph.D. in Forest Engineering and Hydrology in 2004 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dissertation work addressed the relationship between water quality in agricultural streams and diminishing salmon habitat. Throughout her graduate program, she was a research assistant to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other notable recent positions include Senior River Scientist for the Natural Heritage Institute and project manager and lead scientist for the EPA Brownfields Community Wide Assessment in Nevada City. Carrie has worked as a consultant to The Sierra Fund since 2007, and was hired as staff in 2010.
Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Carrie always wanted to be a scientist. She honed her dreams to focus on streams and rivers while a river guide as an undergraduate.
In 2005 Carrie moved to Nevada City with her husband Keith, daughter Kamis and son Will. She still loves river rafting in the Northwest, but has also settled into “Hobby Homesteading” off the grid on their 3.5 acres, gardening, and being involved in her kids’ school.