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Meet Laurel Sebastian, Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellow

Laurel Sebastian will work this summer with Palmer Land Trust, monitoring properties and learning about the inner workings of a non-profit organization. The Santa Rosa native graduates from Colorado College in May with a degree in Environmental Science and minors in Feminist and Gender Studies and Southwest Studies.

Laurel brings a variety of skills and experiences to Palmer, including habitat assessment and restoration, flora and fauna identification, invasive plant removal and GIS mapping. She has also worked as a research intern at the University of Washington researching plant-pollinator interactions in Mt. Rainier National Park and the University of California-Merced studying patterns of flowers during extreme drought in Yosemite National park.

"I am thrilled that a summer with Palmer will allow me to apply my education in environmental science and passion for habitat preservation toward conserving land in the Pikes Peak Region," said Laurel, who is coming to Palmer via the Public Interest Fellowship at CC. 

She was one of the co-chairs of CC's Environmental Action Club, which helped spearhead campus fundraising to support Palmer's 2015 Give! Campaign. Students, faculty and administration worked together to raise nearly $3,000 during the campaign.

This is the fourth Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellow and third Public Interest Fellow Palmer has hired.