Gretchen Gorecki is an analyst and project lead at Marstel-Day, an environmental consulting firm, where she supports natural resource programs, encroachment management strategies, and geospatial analyses primarily for federal clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Her project portfolio includes invasive species management, native species and pollinator habitat restoration, wetland surveys, rare, threatened and endangered species surveys, and encroachment management plans. Gretchen relies on her GIS skills to provide additional support to these projects, including: landscape-scale conservation planning, compatible land use strategies, submeter-accuracy GPS data collection, and data deliverables compliant with client standards.
Gretchen completed her MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her BS from the University of Mary Washington, where she double majored in Environmental Science and Geography, and received a GISc Certificate. She is a certified GIS Professional (GISP), serves on the board of the Friends of Lake Anna State Park, a judge at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair and the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, and a tenor drummer in the UMW Eagle Pipe Band. She is working on becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist and was accepted as a 2020 National Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. Gretchen enjoys outdoor recreation and spending time at her backyard farm.