SPP Butterfly Program Coordinator
Master of Environmental Studies Program, The Evergreen State College

Carly Boyd was born and raised in the small town of Havre de Grace, Maryland, less than an hour outside of Baltimore City. This small town is not only the decoy capital of the world, it’s also where the mouth of the Susquehanna River feeds the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. For Carly, the combination of growing up on the largest estuary in the nation and her love of all living things blossomed into her interest in environmental studies.  

Carly received a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Frostburg State University. Complementing her undergraduate studies, Carly took on assistantships and contributed to several organizations. These opportunities included serving for AmeriCorps, numerous positions for her national sorority, assisting a PhD candidate with research on river otters, and providing tours of the school’s natural history museum. One of her favorite efforts was supporting a long-term research project on saw-whet owls.

For two years post-graduation, Carly lived with her fiancé and their pet cat in Virginia. She spent eight months serving for AmeriCorps as a Biology Intern at the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Then she was a Traveling Parks Interpreter for 13 different State Parks in the Chesapeake Bay tidal region. She left Virginia to attend Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies program

Overall, Carly is grateful for opportunities to work with all different kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds. She seeks out ways to help people foster a relationship with nature, in part so that they can better understand the importance of natural environments. As the next step in this work, Carly is extremely excited to be a part of the SPP team.