Riley Plumb

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.