Riley Plumb

Project Natural Resource Scientist

My goal as an environmental scientist is to work on projects that increase ecosystem resiliency while simultaneously achieving economic growth. I feel fortunate to be able to pursue this goal while working with an awesome group of like-minded scientists, planners, engineers, and designers at Herrera. My work includes performing wetland assessments, delineations, mitigation site monitoring, and drafting supporting documents. Outside of work, I spend my time backpacking, searching for secret swimming holes, and playing guitar in my rock and roll band.

B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management
Favorite Quote:
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir
Favorite Species:
Lungwort lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria). Like all lichens, lungwort is a member of the fungal kingdom that form mutualistic relationships with photosynthetic green algae. Lungwort is unique in that it also associates with a nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria. After a wind event, lungwort falls from tree canopies to the forest floor where it slowly decomposes and contributes vital nitrogen resources to forest soils.