Prior to getting her feet wet in the marine world through the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), Hillary focused on community engagement in restoration, horticulture, and sustainability. While working at a botanic garden in south Florida, she discovered a passion for citizen science that eventually manifested into graduate studies at UW, and creation of a citizen science project exploring influences of gardening on pollinators.
Now the Science Coordinator at COASST, she ensures that data are useful and used by working with science and resource management partners, conducting trainings, module development, and overseeing data quality assurance and control. She is also involved in the Citizen Science Association and UW Citizen Science Community of Practice, and has an interest in advancing science outcomes in the field of citizen science.
Coming from a long line of beach walkers, Hillary loves visiting coastal communities and beach combing. Outside of COASST, she grows orchids, does aerial dance and is an avid hiker.