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Lisa DeRose, Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board Member

Nora, James, Natalie, and Lisa DeRose, portrait
Nora, James, Natalie, and Lisa DeRose

James Madison B.S. Geology ’09, Ohio University M.S. Geology ’11

I began my environmental/geology career in 2005 by attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I received my bachelor’s degree in Geology in 2009. I then attended Ohio University, where I received my M.S. degree in Geology with a focus on hydrology and water geochemistry in 2011. At Ohio University, I studied acid mine drainage and the remedial techniques used to treat surface water and the surrounding watersheds.

After receiving my degrees, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work as an Environmental Scientist at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Athens, Ohio, a Staff Geologist at Geosyntec Consultants in Santa Barbara, California, and as a Research Assistant at the University of Maryland—Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 2013, I began a new job at Geo-Technology Associates as an Environmental Scientist (Baltimore, Maryland). I primarily worked on revitalizing Brownfield in-fill sites in the mid-Atlantic region through Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and corrective action plans.

After five years, it was time for my husband and me to live in our dream state of Oregon. My daughter, Natalie, dog, husband, and I moved to southern Oregon in 2018. I began working as a Project Scientist III at Camas LLC in 2019. In addition to performing similar work as with my previous employer, my company provides biological consulting, site remediation, and restoration services, and permitting support for renewable energy and utility companies, municipalities, as well as private developers.

In 2021, we added Nora to our family. 

My education at JMU and Ohio University has helped me find my passion in life, which provides me with great satisfaction and new learning every day. I also enjoy camping, hiking, exercise, and ceramics.

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