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Shortly after Marcee Meinhardt transferred to CSU she set her ambitions for her education and career. The CSU academic community introduced her to unique intellectual opportunities, and she was excited to be in an atmosphere created by professors who are passionate about their students and their subject. She fell in love with fish and riparian habitats in her required ichthyology class, discovering a newfound passion of freshwater as a resource. She further honed in on freshwater resources working with Dr. Steven Fassnacht, Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a 2019 CoWC Education and Engagement grantee, whose research focuses on snow and water availability.
Changes in life happen through connections. For Amy Kremen, it was her connection to farming and colleagues that brought her to her current position bridging the science of resource conservation with practical solutions for producers.
Kremen, originally from Maryland, thought about water in a starkly different way to her western water perspective. Her love of farmer’s markets and background in soil science drew her into the farming community. In her experience running a farm-to-table restaurant then becoming a farm apprentice and working as an organic farmer, she connected with Dr. Meagan Schipanski, 2016 CoWC Water Fellow. Their paths crossed several times throughout their careers studying cover crops in Maryland, soil science in New York, research in Africa, and work in Montreal.
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