Science Technical Analyst
Ella Rothermel is PDE’s Science Technical Analyst. Her primary duties in this role are to help collect, organize, interpret, analyze, and present wide varieties of data across PDE’s focal research areas. Rothermel mainly provides technical assistance with wetland monitoring, shellfish restoration, and living shorelines initiatives.
Prior to joining PDE, Ellie earned her M.S. degree at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Her thesis focused on the seasonal migrations of Atlantic Sturgeon and Striped Bass through a proposed offshore wind energy farm. In addition to her master’s research, Rothermel has been immersed in various aquatic environments most of her life; she graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Delaware in 2016 and also held an internship at a non-profit conservation research lab on Sanibel Island, Florida. Her background spans many ecological disciplines and Ellie hopes to use these experiences to bring fresh ideas to PDE’s already diverse research teams while helping to restore and preserve the vital habitats of the Delaware Estuary.
Ellie was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania and has always been fascinated by the water and everything that lives within it. She resides in Newark, Delaware where she loves participating in any activity (hiking, biking, running, kayaking) that gets her outside.