Written by Maddie Eberly and Logan Johnson
Maddie Eberly (she/they) is our new Northeast Intern. Maddie brings a unique perspective to the Guild with degrees in forestry and botany. Originally from Lititz, PA and a graduate of the University of Maine, Maddie has deep roots in northeastern forest ecosystems.
Here’s more, from Maddie:
I first attended a Guild event in the summer of 2019. At the time, I was interning with Nancy Olmstead, then the Invasive Plant Biologist at the Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP). The event was a Northeast Gathering for Guild members. It was such an excellent experience getting to meet new natural resource professionals, some of whom I am still in contact with. Following the internship with MNAP, I worked in the Wason Lab of Forest Ecosystem Physiology where I completed a summer as a field and lab technician supporting the research of a couple wonderful graduate students. I finished my final year of study at the University of Maine and graduated in the spring of 2021 with dual degrees in forestry and botany. Following graduation, I returned to work at MNAP as a Conservation Aide for a year. Knowing that my time with MNAP was ending, I was searching for a new position and happily stumbled upon this opening at the Guild – and here we are!
I’m extremely excited to be working with the Guild to support science communication and outreach within the forestry and natural resource communities. So far, I have been involved with the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, Women Owning Woodlands, Forestry for the Birds, Woods Wise East outreach project with the Maine Forest Service, and a bit of other projects as well! Based out of the Maine office, I’m looking forward to developing and working on a summer project as well as seeing where I can be the most helpful to others at the Guild. Outside of work, I enjoy being outside to go botanizing (looking at cool plants), rock climbing, biking, hiking, and walking with my dog. I’m also a big fan of sewing, knitting, and making art. There are lots of great events happening in the Northeast this year, and I’m excited to be involved!
Logan adds: We are thrilled to have Maddie join the Guild team in the Northeast. Their interest in developing communication and outreach skills will help Maddie grow as a professional and support the many ongoing and emerging projects in the Northeast. Please join us in welcoming Maddie to the Guild team!