Mary Sue has served the land and public as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake for the past 21 years. Her role as Environmental Stewardship Team Lead offers the full and challenging array of duties regarding natural resources; cultural resources; sustainability; invasive species management; prescribed fire and all the underlying bureaucracy that comes along with a government position. While working on her first degree at the University of Iowa, she spent a year studying at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. There, she found her calling while standing on the side of a mountain in the foothills of the Rockies, studying growth changes in Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) due to changes in altitude and aspect. She completed her first degree in Geography and Botany at the University of Iowa in 1995, then traveled to Tampa, Florida seeking long term employment in a state ranked third for spending in the environmental field. Finding the lure of the hills of Iowa undeniable, she returned in 1997 to reenter the University in preparation for graduate school. However, life had other plans for her, and when a position was offered with the Corps at Coralville Lake, she decided to take a break from school and see where the position could lead her. That side-track turned into a life-long love and a career supporting her deep concern and commitment to the land and people of Iowa. Other passions include spending time with family and friends, biking, reading, hiking, kayaking, travel and sitting on the porch swing on warm summer nights.