Elizabeth Howard

Manager, Younger Lagoon Reserve. Elizabeth’s passion for the outdoors grew from a childhood spent catching frogs and turtles in the woods, springs, and cypress swamps of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2001. After graduating from UCSC, she worked on sustainable agriculture projects in California and Vermont, and later on plant ecology research projects, primarily in California. Prior to her appointment as the Manager of Younger Lagoon Reserve, Elizabeth worked as the Steward of Younger Lagoon Reserve and UCSC’s Campus Natural Reserve, and as a researcher on UCSC’s Forest Ecology Research Plot, where she conducted long term monitoring of a coastal forest. At Younger Lagoon she is responsible for facilitating research, teaching and public education at the reserve. Additionally, she coordinates biological and environmental monitoring, is responsible for compliance and annual reporting, and administers the reserve’s native habitat restoration program. Elizabeth enjoys time on California and Gulf coasts searching for new sunset spots and the elusive green flash.