Program Director, Melissa Fleming, Ph.D., is joined by her daughter and Monitoring Assistant, Kit Ellsworth who is observing the baiting and setting of traps used for Green Crab Monitoring in 2020.
Melissa Fleming, Ph.D., Program Director, received the science reins from founding partner Joleen Palmer at the first of the year. Melissa earned her doctorate from UW in Animal Behavior, has taught several undergraduate research courses and did her post-doctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She subsequently worked in conservation genetics studying endemic mammals of the North Pacific coast. She’s lived in Kitsap County since 1999 with her husband, John Ellsworth, and their daughter Katherine (Kit). She is a life-long learner who has thoroughly enjoyed her immersion into environmental science since joining Stillwaters in early 2018.
Stillwaters is currently in the process of restructuring and Board members, particularly Board Treasurer and Stillwaters Co-Founder, Naomi Maasberg, are temporarily fulfilling administrative tasks.
Hanna Brush joined us in August 2022 after graduating from Tufts University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Hanna went above and beyond and filled a lot of roles in her 10+ months with Stillwaters, but in the summer of 2022, she moved on to full-time employment with as a Field Biologist with the Suquamish Tribe. We are incredibly happy for her and for the opportunity to continue working with her in her new job.