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Shelby Smith

Shelby Smith, a first-year Master’s student, graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018 with a B.A. in Integrative Physiology and an emphasis in Global Public Health. After working in the healthcare field post-graduation, she determined her interests lie in finding population-scale solutions to problems that span the intersection between human and environmental health. Her deep passion for the outdoors led her to pursue public health on a greater scale, specifically in relation to water. She moved to Alaska to work for the National Ecological Observatory Network to gain experience in  water quality and monitoring. The following year, she deepened her breadth of knowledge in aquatic data collection and hydrology at the Toolik Field Station in the remote Alaskan Arctic where she led the aquatic data collection for the Spatial and Environmental Data Center housed within the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Uniquely, due to COVID restrictions for researchers, she was exposed to a plethora of projects and worked to maintain long term ecological projects as well as collect data for M.S. and Ph.D. projects for researchers globally. Shelby chose to attend Bren to find solutions to many of the environmental challenges we face today in the field of water resource management. She is interested in learning more about market-based solutions and leveraging conservation finance to work toward a future of cleaner water and more sustainable water resource management.

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