Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Biology
San Diego State University
Linnea Spears attended the University of Florida and received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2001. In 2002, she worked for the Student Conservation Association as a Conservation Intern at Big Cypress National Preserve (located just west of Everglades National Park in south Florida). She lived and worked in the swamp for five months with 9 other interns while assisting the Resource Management Department of the Preserve. This work included, most importantly, conducting soil and vegetation surveys to determine the impacts of off-road vehicles on the sensitive wetland prairies of the Preserve among other things.
In Fall, 2003, she entered the Ecology M.S. Degree program at San Diego State University. Her thesis research looks at patterns in the tree mortality and forest recovery in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park after the 2003 Cedar Fire. Understanding how this historic fire affected the forest is important in developing management strategies to deal with this event and potential future events.
She also participates in the PISCES program, which matches science graduate students and upper division undergraduate students with San Diego County elementary school teachers. This partnership brings hands-on, inquiry based science lessons to the classroom