March 3, 2021
Applying cumulative effects and long-term ecological research to strategically advance large-scale ecosystem restoration
Heida Diefenderfer, Restoration Ecologist, Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sequim, WA
Join us for the live stream March 3, 11:45am EST: youtu.be/QkhgaOyB1Oo
Dr. Heida Diefenderfer is a Restoration Ecologist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine and Coastal Research Lab, located on the north Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. She is also Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, in Seattle. Now in her 21st year at PNNL, Heida studies the landscape-scale restoration of coastal and river-floodplain ecosystems including forested wetlands, marshes, and eelgrass. She also led the development of evidence-based methods to assess the cumulative effects of the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program, which has conserved and restored more than 14,000 acres since 2004. Regarding today’s talk, Heida commented that her perspective was indelibly shaped by her undergraduate experience in the National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College and a doctorate in forest resources from the University of Washington, and earned a few additional degrees in the liberal arts in between.