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Maritza Mallek

Mallek, Maritza

Former Assistant to the Science Coordinator Maritza Mallek began a new position as Assistant Data Manager with the Division of Natural Resources for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Refuge Program in the summer of 2016. Over the course of more than two years working for the LCC as a Pathways intern, Maritza stepped up both to support and participate in the collaborative efforts that embody the LCC approach. She served on the core team of the LCC-funded Connect the Connecticut project, providing scientific, statistical, and GIS analyses of the models used to build the design throughout the process, and worked with FWS programs and other LCC groups to gather input on decisions and provide relevant educational materials to target audiences.

Maritza also helped to develop new tools to facilitate the use of LCC-funded data sources, and was instrumental in implementing the new North Atlantic LCC Product page. Among the highlights of her LCC experience: "Being part of a small but scrappy team working together to use innovative methods to solve big conservation challenges." Maritza is still assisting the team with select LCC projects as time allows. 

Maritza earned her Master's of Science in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. Her research focused on adapting and applying a landscape disturbance-succession model to characterize the vegetation and fire regimes of the Tahoe National Forest’s Yuba River watershed. She earned her BA in Geography in 2008 from the University of Chicago. She spent several years working for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service in invasive species and wilderness management in Idaho and California before beginning her MS program.

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