Karlee spent her childhood beneath the Oak trees of California’s Central Coast. For the past three years, Karlee has worked as a Project Manager for a regional land trust conducting scientific data collection, directing environmental education and interpretation programs, and implementing multiple use land management strategies. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University, her research explores citizen science, river otters, and effective science communication. The cornerstone of Karlee’s professional and academic experience is collaborative and inclusive environmental science and management that promotes healthy lands, wildlife, waterways, and people for current and future generations.
In 2018, Karlee was awarded California Conservation Corps Corpsmember of the Year for exemplary leadership, mentorship, and civic engagement. In 2017, she was recognized by the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) and US Forest Service for efforts to protect the environment utilizing environmental education as an EE 30 Under 30 Award Recipient in 2017. In her local community she serves as an Outings Leader for Latino Outdoors and is an avid rock climber.