Lynell loves being be involved in watershed projects where community matters, and engagement is high. Funnily, she often quips with “Whiskey is for drinking…” and appreciating the gift of water deeply, she focuses on the outcome despite a seemingly endless pull of demands for water. Lynell has a keen understanding of connectivity and water quality, the regulatory environment, and where science, education and art intersect to benefit the waters. Lynell has grown fond of an integrated approach to water resources, especially in the desert climate over these changing times.
Passion points for Lynell are the translation of technical information for the layperson or student. Lynell developed her children’s book to help students best understand life underwater and develop a relationship with characters in the stream to help develop an emotional downstream thought process. With technology being a main pull for children in these times, Lynell is conscious of needing to meet students where they are, and also entice them with the sometimes freakish nuances of stream biology. Most children do not have an understanding of stream insects being as unusual as aliens, but if their interest is piqued by such illustration and experience, a lifetime of curiosity for our waters may well ensue.
Lynell completed graduate studies in EcoToxicology at University of Nevada, Reno. Her undergraduate research at the University of California at Davis included the Metabolism of Pentachloronitrobenzene, a common pesticide breakdown product, by Sea Anemones and later, coral. Having two peer reviewed journal articles for her M.S. project, The Effects of a Dog Park on Lake Tahoe, encouraged her to take a different path than doctoral academia. Lynell enjoys educating the public on considerations for protecting stormwater and receiving waters. She also avails herself to working out details and nuances of monitoring programs and assessments in cooperation with various regulatory drivers.
Lynell has studied Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0 and developed teams using each person’s personal strengths in tandem for the highest outcomes of business and personal development. She keenly appreciates strengths each individual, program, and agency brings to the table in collaborations that are most easeful, positive, and effective. One of Lynell’s strengths is connectedness, and this presents itself in complex and illuminating project outcomes that are rewarding for all involved.