Erin Budrow, SEH scientist based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was presented with an Act of Excellence (AOE) Award for her Innovation.
The AOE is an employee recognition program for peers to acknowledge peers for an exemplary act. For Erin, it was her creativity and determination on a specific project that contributed to receiving this annual award.
The following provides a closer look at Erin.
What does the word innovation mean to you in five words or fewer?
Creative ways to finish tasks.
Describe what you do as if you’re explaining it to a kid.
My job is to map wetlands and help people figure out where they can build their projects. I also look for protected plants and figure out how "healthy" habitats are.
What about natural resource projects make you most excited?
To be in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. I love working on floristic surveys and habitat assessments, and in remote locations, most people never see.
What’s been one of your proudest moments working at SEH?
Establishing the Natural Resources Practice in the Grand Rapids office and community.
Why did you choose to work at SEH?
My previous boss highly recommended SEH, and I trusted her judgment.
What one fact about “natural resources/science” do you think everyone should know?
It's a common misconception that wetlands are treeless and always have standing water; sometimes they are dry enough you can drive a car through them without getting stuck.
What song title best describes your personality?
Don't Stop Believin'.