April has discovered the coveted alignment of her professional goals with her personal passions in her role as Lead Ecologist for CREST. One of her proudest accomplishments in her 6+ years with the organization was an opportunity to oversee a chum salmon fish passage project from the initial securing of funding all the way through to the complete construction. April’s devotion to her work is inspired by the commitment CREST makes to both restoring the estuary habitat to its natural state, and balancing the needs of the surrounding community.
April’s primary responsibilities include applying established monitoring protocols to characterize tidal wetland restoration project sites in a before/after sampling design, measuring the overall ecological response to treatment actions. Monitoring and research work includes water quality, vegetation, elevation, and fish community sampling. She maintains a small laboratory and oversees biological sample collection, processing, and data management. April also performs wetland assessments and delineations in both Oregon and Washington.
April obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources, with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She focused her studies on natural resource & watershed management. Her career path previous to joining the CREST team included research and education as an amphibian surveyor, an intertidal interpreter, an educational outreach intern, and wetland monitoring specialist. All these roles have kept her connected to the Columbia River region, where she was raised since she was 5 years old. “I’m most passionate about making a difference professionally, both for the environment and our local community. I want to leave this world better than I found it.”
In her spare time, April can be found coaching a local soccer team, walking her dog to the Astoria Column, or at home cozied up with an intriguing book.