Mary Sketch

M.S. Student

Mary joined the Dayer lab in December 2016. Born and raised in North Carolina, she recently moved back East from California where she was working at the intersection of rural community development and watershed management in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Mary graduated from Brown University in Environmental Studies (2015) with a focus in natural resource law and policy. Her academic interests center on the human dimensions of land conservation, particularly in the American West. Her interest in human dimensions was sparked by her initial experiences out West studying and doing research in Northwestern Montana. She went on to study socioecological systems at Brown, finding a passion in the intersection of people and places. From working on a rural horse ranch in North Carolina to being a naturalist on Block Island, she has found the omnipresent necessity of a triple-bottom-line perspective (evaluation based on social, economic, and environmental factors) to conservation. In line with her previous experience and interests, Mary’s research focuses on human dimensions of private land conservation in the West. She is working on a project with the Intermountain West Joint Venture looking at landowner motivations related to working wet meadow conservation. The second component of her research is in connection to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the Playa Lakes region with the objective of gaining an understanding of the motivations and needs of landowners in regard to the incentive program.