Another success!

After a long summer of analyses and writing, MS candidate, Rachel Pierson, successfully defended her thesis, entitled An International Pilot Study of Volunteer Stream Monitoring Groups: The Role of Place Attachment in Volunteer Motivations, on Thursday, September 10, 2020. She shared findings about factor analysis describing motivations of volunteers to participate in volunteer stream monitoring programs in three countries: New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Her presentation is posted to the Lake Champlain Sea Grant YouTube page at:

Rachel will be making revisions to her thesis in the coming weeks, and working on peer-reviewed publications and data summaries for the programs that participated in the research study. Congratulations Rachel!