Dr. Carrie Monohan, Science Director, earned her Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Hydrology in 2004 from the University of Washington. Her dissertation work addressed the relationship between water quality in agricultural streams and diminishing salmon habitat.
She has been the Science Director at The Sierra Fund since 2010 where she designs and directs research to fill critical data gaps in water quality regulation, abandon mine remediation and prioritization of conservation efforts. 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.
Dr. Monohan is also an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at California State University at Chico where she teaches courses in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department. Dr. Monohan supervises graduate student research in the projects that she directs at The Sierra Fund. These research efforts include: sediment and mercury loading; storm flows; erosion and deposition rates; shallow groundwater well redox conditions; and identification of mercury and other heavy metal contamination sources.
Carrie moved to Nevada City in 2005 with her husband Keith, daughter Kamis and son Will. She loves river rafting, and living off the grid on their 3.5 acres.