Tricia L. Aspinwall 


Graduate Student, Montclair State University

Department of Earth and Environmental Studies

 

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Education:

Montclair State University, College of Science & Math

M. A., Environmental Studies, Environmental Management concentration, May 2007

 

Rutgers College, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy

B.S., Public Health, Economics Minor, October 2002

 

Tricia received a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from Montclair State University in May 2007 and is a member of two national honor societies.  Her research topics include ocean functions as carbon sinks and ocean-CO2 interactions.  Other research interests include management issues for the restoration of the Passaic River and Land Preservation in New Jersey.  Tricia has a joint degree in Public Health from Rutgers College and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, with specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  While at Rutgers, she was a varsity member of the Women’s Crew team and volunteered as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, co-ed national service fraternity. 

Professional Experience:

April 2007 -                                     U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

April 2004 – April 2007           Morris Land Conservancy, nonprofit land trust

January 2003 – April 2004     Atlantic County (NJ), Officeof Land Acquisition

 

Tricia now works in the Plan Formulation Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.  

For three years prior, Tricia Aspinwall worked for Morris Land Conservancy in Boonton, NJ as a Land Preservation Specialist.  In that role she served as an open space advisor to six municipalities in three counties including Kinnelon Borough, Boonton Township, Pequannock Township (Morris), Harmony Township, Hardwick Township (Warren), and Lafayette Township (Sussex).  Major accomplishments of her time at the Conservancy include developing a strategic plan for preservation of and access to the Pompton River Walkway Project Area (Pequannock, NJ), spearheading a partnership with MLC, SADC, Warren County Ag. Dev. Board, and Hardwick Township to preserve unique farmland there, and assisting municipalities in receiving more than $7 M in grants for land acquisition.

Tricia joined the staff of the Conservancy in April 2004 as Planning Manager and was the primary author of Open Space and Recreation Plans for Bloomfield Township (Essex), Allamuchy Township, Harmony Township (Warren), Kinnelon Borough (Morris), Pittsgrove Township (Salem), and Lafayette Township (Sussex).  She assisted on many more during this time.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, she worked for the Atlantic County (NJ) Office of Land Acquisition, coordinating acquisitions for expansion of county parkland and managing the municipal open space grant program. 

Activities/Volunteerism:

Tricia’s interests include hiking, nature photography, gardening, volunteering with the Sierra Club, and rowing for Passaic River Rowing Association.