Emily Baumbach has joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as a science planning specialist. Her chief responsibility is to collect and report information for compliance with the National Estuary Program.
Baumbach earned her master’s degree in environmental policy and sustainability management from The New School in New York City. Her master’s thesis focused on “nature-deficit disorder,” or the importance of educational outdoor experiences. She also earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware; one in natural resource management and another in agriculture.
Baumbach previously worked for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. There she served as an environmental program coordinator at Cape Henlopen State Park. She has also worked as a lab assistant at the Stroud Water Research Center and as a research assistant at the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Agency.
Baumbach resides in Hockessin, Delaware, where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and biking. She also runs obstacle course races, including the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race.
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has promoted Kaitlin Collins from monitoring fellow to watershed planning specialist. In this role, she works with communities and partners in New Jersey on projects to improve water quality and coastal resilience.
Collins earned a master’s degree in marine studies at the University of Delaware. There she researched the services that wetlands provide, like removing carbon from the air and excess nutrients from the soil. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from North Carolina State University. This includes minors in both environmental science and geology.
Collins lives in Newark, Delaware and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Kate Hutelmyer joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary as its senior watersheds coordinator on Sept. 6. In this role she leads collaborative efforts to make water cleaner in communities throughout Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Previously, Hutelmyer worked for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in central New Jersey. She served as the program coordinator for its Watershed Institute, which provides technical and financial assistance to environmental nonprofits throughout the state.
Hutelmyer holds a master’s degree in water science and policy and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, both from the University of Delaware.
Hutelmyer is a lifelong resident of the estuary and currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In her free time she enjoys cooking, kayaking, and traveling.