Resource Specialist

apeterson@thurstoncd.com
(360) 754-3588, ext. 118

Adam joined the Thurston Conservation District in late spring 2019 as a Natural Resource Specialist.

Adam brings a dual background in agriculture and Geographic Information Systems, and enjoys working in the intersection of the two. He holds a Master in Crop Science from Washington State University, a Master in GIS for Sustainability Management from the University of Washington, and a BA with a focus in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College.

His graduate research at WSU focused on the breeding and agronomy of quinoa, a high value niche crop, for production in temperate areas of the United States. He later worked with quinoa farmers across Washington, Oregon, and California, using GIS to locate areas with the right climate for growing the uniquely adapted crop. Prior to starting at the district, Adam worked at WSU Extension assisting with local malting barley variety trials.

Adam’s current work at the district involves assisting others with GIS needs and performing analysis for the Voluntary Stewardship Program.

In his free time, Adam likes hiking, gardening, or cycling.