For the implementers of the Settlers Rest Stormwater Project
<br/ >Molly McCormick, Plant Ecologist and Native Plant Consultant
Molly grew up in the farmlands of Southwest Kansas. She wasn’t much bigger than a barrel cactus when she fell in love with the Southwest. Molly journeyed from the Great Plains to become a naturalist, and pursued a degree in Southwest Studies (Colorado College 2003). Molly came to Arizona for an internship in college, and got swept up by the Grand Canyon. In her time at the Park, she studied algae, guided backpacking tours, and worked at Phantom Ranch deep within the heart of the Canyon. Molly is currently employed as an intermittent biological technician with the Park, working on various projects for the Division of Science and Resource Management.
For the past two years, she has been a restoration coordinator and outreach specialist at Borderlands Restoration, along the U.S./Mexico border. With this work, she developed the planting plan and implemented restoration projects in rangelands, woodlands, and in various community gardens in support of natural processes and pollinators, planting over 5000 plants and coordinating volunteer crews of up to 30 people. As part of the Madrean Archipelago Native Plant Propagation Center, Molly researched best practices in propagating native plants, created a data tracking system for plants from seed collection to grow-out, and led a research project growing out native grasses for seeds in an organic agricultural setting. Molly has also led botanical monitoring projects, including tracking the invasion of Lehman's Lovegrass and monitoring flowering plant phenology and the nectar landscape. She loves to volunteer as a Spring Steward and with the Plant Atlas of Arizona project, documenting the floristic diversity of Arizona. In her spare time, Molly practices herbal medicine, hikes as much as possible, and is creating a native plant permaculture farm at her home in the Verde Valley of AZ. She is currently transitioning into graduate school at Northern Arizona University, where she plans to study rangeland and pollination ecology.
Natalie Brassill, Principal Investigator and University of Arizona Assistant in Water Quality Extension
Natalie is an Assistant in Extension and Research at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Research Center (MAC) in Maricopa, AZ. Natalie received a BA in Biology from Castleton State College in Vermont and a MS in Environmental Microbiology from The University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 2010, she moved to Arizona from New England to pursue a graduate degree in water quality microbiology. After completing her degree, Natalie moved to Yuma, AZ to conduct food safety related research at the Yuma Agricultural Research Center. After completing projects in Yuma, Natalie relocated to MAC to work in water quality research. She conducts microbiology related research and outreach in surface water quality, waste water and water reuse.