Conservation Corner

Nov 29

[ARCHIVED] Water Quality Team Welcomes New AmeriCorps Member: Joel Eklof

The original item was published from November 29, 2016 12:10 PM to November 29, 2016 12:12 PM

PCD Bio Pic - Eklof, JoelJoel Eklof joined the Pierce Conservation District in early September of 2016. As our new AmeriCorps Intern, he assists with the community tree sale program, the water quality monitoring program, and the depave Puget Sound program. His favorite part of the job is the opportunity to empower volunteers and help improve water in the Pacific Northwest.

Joel grew up in western Washington enjoying the mountains, rivers, and forests that surround his childhood home. As Joel grew older, his interest in the environment and issues that face the environment grew as well. He earned a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Puget Sound. Joel plans on one day pursuing a Ph.D. in Water Resource Engineering to help return rivers to historical productivity and health through fluid flow research.

During breaks from college, Joel conducted botany field research on the traditional uses of plants in the Zambezi region of Namibia, biophysics research on the fluid dynamics of splash-cup plant dispersal, and socioeconomic research on the impact of mountain bike trails in urban areas with Swan Creek Park in east Tacoma as a case study. Joel served as an orientation leader at the University of Puget Sound and enjoyed showing off the Pacific Northwest to new students in that role on overnight backpacking and canoe trips. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, skipping rocks, and hammocking across the beautiful Pacific Northwest.