The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary hired LeeAnn Haaf as its first wetland specialist in 2014. This requires Haaf to assess the health of wetlands, which the Delaware River and Bay is losing at the rate of almost one acre per day. This is work she learned well during her 10-month internship dating back to 2013.
Haaf earned both her bachelor’s and her master’s in environmental science from Drexel University in 2012. There she studied pine snake ecology and conservation in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. She also spent six months in China studying giant panda ecology at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in 2009. While her interests in ecology are diverse, Haaf’s professional goal is to help bridge the gap between rigorous scientific research and its implementation to inspire positive environmental change.
Haaf was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, where she currently resides in Palmyra. In her spare time she enjoys any type of adventure, engaging her artistic side, and spending time with family and friends.
To contact Haaf, please call (302) 655-4990, extension 116, or email lhaaf@DelawareEstuary.org.
(Image credit: Shaun Bailey of PDE)