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Karileigh Williams

My first job was guiding backpacking tours on the Appalachian Trail, after which I conducted backcountry patrols in Glacier National Park. After a few years, however, I realized I wanted to learn everything I could about the ecosystems where I recreated. I began a deep dive into studying botany, which brought me to leading desert surveys in the Mojave and Great Basin, and aquatic surveys via float plane in the arctic tundra of Alaska. At Ascent, I have the opportunity to conduct surveys and analyze the results so I may have a direct and tangible impact on the places I love so much. For me, this is the greatest way I can give back to my local communities and the environment, and it brings me a profound sense of fulfillment in my career.

When I’m not out looking for plants, you can find me practicing partner acrobatics, rock climbing, and crocheting my own clothes.

Lake Tahoe
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BA, Sustainability Studies, University of Florida

Certificate of Achievement, Field Ecology, Sacramento City College


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