Laura Trudel. I retired from MIT in 2014, as a research scientist, after 32 yrs in the Dept. of Biological Engineering. After retirement, I became a Teacher Naturalist with Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats, teaching teachers and children appreciation of nature through ‘hands on’ and experiential activities. I have participated in Citizen Science projects in the Azores and Malawi through Biospheres Expeditions focusing on population studies of sperm whales and a biodiversity study in the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. Locally, I volunteer at Essex County GreenbBelt, our land trust organization. I serve as a G.O.A.T., part of the GreenbBelt’s Outdoor Adventure Team, helping to lead trips on GreenbBelt’s protected land.
My vision of retirement is to use my skills as a scientist and educator to bring understanding of the issues of climate change, invasive species, habitat restoration, and microplastic pollution, to the general public. I want the public to feel they are not helpless, but can take action to make change happen for the better through Citizen Science. Seaside Sustainability offers this opportunity. I am very excited to be part of the Seaside Sustainability Action Team. We are getting volunteers out in the field and involved in our projects. Yes, one person, YOU, can make a difference. Come join us.