Addie Schlussel

Addie Schlussel at Rock River

Addie joined RRC in March 2021. A Pennsylvania native, she fell in love with nature at a young age, spending hours building stick forts and exploring the woods behind her childhood home. In 2017, she earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). While at SMCM, she studied coastal ecology on the Chesapeake Bay and worked as an environmental educator and writing tutor.  She also worked in turtle conservation and research in coastal New Jersey.

After graduating, Addie moved to Olympia, Washington, where she worked in land stewardship and volunteer coordination for the Nisqually Land Trust, a watershed-based non-profit organization. She particularly enjoyed working with volunteers from all walks of life and helping them get involved in monitoring and restoring special habitats around the watershed.

In her spare time, Addie enjoys hiking, making art, and playing music. She loves to garden and is always trying to get better at growing and preserving her own food.

Addie enjoys exploring the Rock River Basin and helping community members get involved in RRC’s stream monitoring and aquatic invasive species programs. Her favorite part of stream monitoring is the biotic index (so many cool bugs!), and her invasive species archenemy is the New Zealand mudsnail.