Stacie Wolny

Joined: Oct 22, 2014 Last Active: Sep 27, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2018

A transplant to California, I've fallen in love with the place and feel my roots grow deeper and wider with time. Hiking + native plants and ecosystems + photography is one of my favorite combinations, and because of applying that to iNat, I've started focusing on documenting plants (mainly, but everyone else too) in a fairly detailed way (well, as detailed as I can given the need to stop hiking and return to my day job...) I really enjoy being able to get up close and personal with plants, insects, and anyone else who will let me, the macro world is glorious.

For work I'm a GIS analyst doing modeling of ecosystem services (which is a whole controversial concept in itself) and providing related information to decision-making around the world. While it does also involve spatial data (and provides the flexibility to get a short hike in many days), it almost exclusively involves sitting on my butt and staring at a screen, working in places I do not know and may never see, which I've learned is just not where I want to spend my time. I want to be out in nature, working around the mind-blowingly diverse place that is currently called California, to help document and restore the land that has been so terrorized by invasion, human overpopulation, and capitalism. So I'm working on a third career too. :-)

(No flowers were harmed in the making of this photo.)

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