Hollie’s education, ecology experience, and ambition to work in the field make Restore Native Plants the perfect fit. She finds invasive species removal and field work extraordinarily fulfilling and feels empowered by the real-time difference she makes within a habitat. With the climate crisis reaching unprecedented urgency, positively impacting the environment gives her a sense of hope.
In the spring and summer of 2022, Hollie was a land steward intern at an environmental non-profit, Friends of Princeton Open Space. She gained valuable experience in removing invasive species, planting natives, and leading volunteer events. She also applied her passion for ornithology by creating and leading a bird walk event that identified birds by songs and calls.
Hollie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources with a minor in Sustainability. While at Rutgers, Hollie worked with Dr. Brooke Maslo’s team on two restoration projects, giving her the opportunity to put her fieldwork skills into action. She monitored tree swallow nesting and collected data that was compiled into a report for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She also worked with Maslo’s team to restore and improve an ecosystem damaged by superstorm Sandy, removing invasive species and planting tree saplings and wetland plants. These experiences gave Hollie a solid foundation to continue to hone her expertise in native plant restoration and wildlife conservation.
When Hollie takes a break from removing invasive species, she especially loves spending time with her four dogs. She feels restored by sitting in nature with them, listening to birds, and reflecting on the impacts she makes and hopes to continue in the community.