Brett Thelen

Brett Amy Thelen


Brett Amy Thelen's work has focused on designing and implementing conservation-focused citizen science projects, with dual emphasis on creating a valuable learning experience for volunteers and producing reliable, reproducible scientific results. She is strongly interested in nurturing community involvement in ecosystem restoration initiatives, and in coastal ecology. She has conducted independent field research on salt marsh restoration, documenting species richness, abundance, and distribution of marine mollusk populations in a restoring estuary on lower Cape Cod. She remains deeply committed to writing – both journalistic and literary – as a tool for increasing ecological literacy, building community, and supporting environmental practitioners in their work.

Brett currently serves as the Science Director for the Harris Center for Conservation Education, a non-profit land trust and environmental education organization in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. Brett is also a former editor and current editorial board member of Whole Terrain, a nationally-acclaimed journal of reflective environmental practice.

She received her M.S. in Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in 2007. Prior to her graduate work, Brett volunteered with an AmeriCorps program focused on land conservation, water conservation, and environmental education on Cape Cod, and served as the lead on several environmental education, natural resource management, and ecological research projects for Cape Cod National Seashore. Brett received her B.A. in Literary & Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Antioch University New England, MS
Current Position:
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental Education
Currently Working On:
citizen science, vernal pools, conservation of migratory amphibians
83 King's Highway
Hancock, New Hampshire 03449
(603) 358-2065

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