Maggie earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She received her M.S. in Biology (restoration ecology) from the University of Denver and a PhD in Education from the University of the Rockies. Her passions are teaching, citizen science, and native plant re-vegetation.
Maggie currently teaches biology at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and Colorado Mountain College. She is also a member of the Bard College Citizen Science faculty. Her research involves ecological restoration monitoring in southern Colorado and citizen science. In the education realm, Maggie investigates the efficacy of training for citizen scientists to ensure data reliability. In the science realm, she investigates the ecological success of restoration efforts in public lands. Her business Ecocity Partners provides landscape education, restoration, gardening, and research services in both wild and home landscapes.
Maggie’s most recent projects include the development of a citizen science outdoor education curriculum for Y Camp Shady Brook, piloted spring 2018 with the Pikes Peak School for Expeditionary Learning (PPSEL), the Citizen Science Program with Rocky Mountain Field Institute in Colorado Springs, CO, and the restoration of her family’s property in downtown Colorado Springs. In 2017, Maggie joined the Bard College Citizen Science faculty. In 2019, she became the Colorado Native Plant Society SE chapter president.
Maggie is a published scientist in the field of restoration ecology. Her biological research involved biogeochemical analysis of soils and biota in post-restoration riparian sites. In press are several articles addressing online botany course design, the RMFI Citizen Science program, and citizen science training, the topic of her dissertation research.
While working with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), Maggie co-founded the Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP), an academic and experiential science program that serves students in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. In 2013, GARNA was recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with the national Partner in Excellence award. Maggie served as GARNA Vice-Chair of the Board, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013.