Traci Sanderson joined the Snohomish MRC in 2015, drawn by the desire to volunteer and use her training to do critical work in her "second hometown". Originally from Miami, Florida, she’s spent most of her life in Washington sharing her love of the ocean as a volunteer and scientist. She is a certified ecologist focused on marine and freshwater ecology at Golder Associates Inc. Traci brings insight and expertise to her volunteer efforts and credits her professor Dr. Nalini Nadkarni at Evergreen State College for inspiring her to look for creative ways to engage people with the natural world.
Growing up, Traci’s life was touched by volunteers who inspired her to keep paying it forward. She believes everyone can benefit from volunteering at some point in their lifetime. Traci works with many shoreline homeowners building and expanding on citizen science efforts. "Given some training on specific things to look for and track, dedicated homeowners can be wonderful citizen scientists," Traci says. "If everyone was a good steward of their property then land and water everywhere would be much healthier."