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Lindsey Rustad

Forest Ecologist with USDA Forest Service

Lindsey Rustad can usually be found deep in the forests of New England-whether she’s hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, or patiently studying how these majestic ecosystems work. As a forest scientist she has spent over three decades conducting research to understand what makes forests tick. Her laboratory is the outdoors, and she is internationally recognized for her large and often daring experiments on forest soil warming, drought, acid rain, and even ice storms. Her passion is bringing together scientists, artists, and citizens to address some of the most vexing issues facing the world today.

Lindsey received a BA in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1980, an MS in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in 1983, and a PhD in Plant Science in 1988 at the University of Maine. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and has received awards from the USDA Forest Service as a Distinguished Scientist.

Lindsey lives with her husband Lou Zambello in Maine, where they raised their three children.

Tell us about a hobby or activity you enjoy outside your STEM career.

I am an avid angler, and have fly fished extensively in New England and all over the world. Fly fishing takes me to beautiful streams, lakes and oceans, and has allowed me to meet amazing outdoor adventurers! In my busy life, I also find flyfishing akin to mediation, where I release my cares and worries and focus on the fly, my line and the water.
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