December 03, 2015
Erica Tomlinson '06 wanted a career that would foster her love of the outdoors, so she entered Susquehanna University as an environmental studies major. Wanting a stronger background in biology, she switched to ecology when the major became available.
She now works as a district manager for the Tioga County Conservation District, helping local landowners to restore and protect our natural resources.
Specifically, Tomlinson helps to coordinate stream restoration projects, acid mine drainage remediation projects, agricultural projects and source water protection, and to provide education to both schools and adults. She also assists with conservation planning to safeguard the future of our local area.
"This is a great field to be in, and I am lucky to be able to make a positive difference with each and every project that I or the conservation district staff assists with putting on the ground," Tomlinson says. "I did a lot of writing at Susquehanna for my classes and labs," she adds. "This really helped me professionally, especially since I work with a lot of restoration plans and grants.
Tomlinson offers some valuable advice to current ecology students.
"This is a difficult field of work to get into, so work hard and try to stand out from your peers. Take all of the classes and join community groups that are available to you as a major," she advises.