Coastal Training Specialist

Lia has spent the past 10 years working for environmental conservation in conjunction with non-profits, public agencies, and private industries. Her goal is to demonstrate the value of healthy ecosystems to as many audiences as possible.

Lia grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and then launched her education and career in the Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona. After earning a B.A. in Sustainable Community Development with a focus in ecological restoration from Prescott College, she began working for Tucson Audubon Society. From 2004 to 2010, Lia designed, implemented, and monitored restoration projects on abandoned agricultural lands managed by Tucson Audubon. She also led the development of that organization’s Mason Center for Environmental Education and Ironwood Preservation.

In 2013, Lia earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on environmental economics from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Concurrent to her time in graduate school, she worked with various stakeholders in regional collaborations to increase the use and impact of clean energy.
While she will always love the food and lands of Southeast Arizona, Lia was drawn back to her home state to fight for the southern pine forests and estuaries. Her role at the GTM Research Reserve incorporates her diverse educational and professional experiences in the translational work required to provide up-to-date scientific information and skill-building opportunities to local decision makers.