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Brooke Sullivan

Brooke Sullivan

Brooke Sullivan is a Certified Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist with nearly 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and restoration design with her firm, Back To Nature Design.  Previously, she worked for Environmental Science Associates as a landscape designer. Her primary research focus is developing strategies to adapt to and mitigation global change effects through enhancement and restoration of natural ecosystems.

Brooke is currently completing her PhD dissertation Heterozostera nigricaulis resilience (scheduled completion January 2018). Brooke completed research for her PhD at the University of Melbourne Department of BioSciences and under the guidance of Professor Michael Keough while based at the Victorian Marine Science Consortium in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. Previously, Brooke graduated from the College of the Environment School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington earning a Master of Science in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture.  Through her master’s thesis, Correlating multiple players in the mass wasting of seagrass, Brooke developed strong foundations in ecological resilience, including advanced skills in microbiology and infectious disease ecology that has dominated her scientific research in recent years.   Prior to completing her graduate work she studied for a certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Department of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environmental Planning from the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Brooke’s current research interests build on her expertise in restoration ecology, microbiology, ecosystem resilience and mitigation and she looks forward to working with students to develop real world design solutions that respond to the myriad of environmental challenges facing urban area today and into the future. When she is not working, Brooke enjoys walking, cycling, snowboarding, cooking, reading fiction and spend time outdoors backpacking and hiking with her family.