Coastal Outreach Specialist
Coastal Outreach Specialist & Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Coordinator
Amber Stilwell, Coastal Outreach Specialist working in the Lake Erie Region, joined Pennsylvania Sea Grant in August 2021. She is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating regional outreach programs with a focus on healthy ecosystems and watershed restoration. Her main focus areas include aquatic invasive species and water quality in the Lake Erie and Ohio River watersheds. Amber also coordinates and co-hosts the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Environmental Forum meetings alongside the PA DEP and works with local, regional, and statewide partners to implement creative methods of invasive species outreach and education. Additionally, Amber is responsible for coordinating the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward program in Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties. The program launched in August of 2021 and continues to grow in popularity with volunteers and partnering organizations at the center. The focus areas of the Erie, Crawford, Warren program include invasive species outreach, native tree and shrub plantings, water quality monitoring, coordination with local watershed associations, and much more.
Prior to joining Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Amber was a Research Coordinator at the Regional Science Consortium in Erie, PA where she coordinated water quality research, restoration projects, and citizen science programs. Amber earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mercyhurst University and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Gannon University.