Founders Fellow takes environmental research to grad school

Elliott Church

Elliott Church, who graduated from UW Bothell in 2013 with a degree in restoration and conservation ecology, maintains strong ties to the school.

At UW Bothell, Elliot and another student worked closely with Professor David Stokes, faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, on research in St. Edwards State Park in Kenmore where they examined the invasiveness of English Holly. His work with Dr. Stokes resulted in the submission of a paper for publication in the journal Northwest Science.

Now as a new graduate student at UW’s College of the Environment, Elliot relies on Dr. Stokes as one of his research advisors for his master’s thesis. Elliot also has maintained his connection to UW Bothell as part of the team who oversees the function of the North Creek wetlands. “I’ve gotten to see firsthand the UW Bothell restoration project,” he says. “It’s great to see the methods and the processes at play.”

Elliot gives credit for his accomplishments to the Office of Research, which provided him with the UW Bothell Founders Fellowship. “Their financial support for my undergraduate research made it possible for me to take the time to go to St. Edwards Park and collect the data,” he says.

As he begins working towards his graduate degree, Elliot says he can see a future filled with career possibilities. “Working in natural resources, parks or in academia – all of those positions are interesting to me,” he says.