Megan Gonsalves is an AmeriCorps and KUPU member serving with the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Native Ecosystems Protection and Management Section to help preserve native ecosystems through data collection and research. Her duties involve assisting in the development of a Climate Ready Hawaiʻi framework for nature-based solutions to help Hawaiʻi adapt to impacts of climate change, and organizing outreach for the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission. She helps DLNR with other projects that include predator management mapping and the Trillion Trees Campaign.
Megan graduated from UH Mānoa in 2019 with a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. There, she cultivated her interests in soil health, the carbon sequestration capacities of soil, and sustainable agriculture. While pursuing her degree, Megan conducted research on soil health indexes in Hawaiʻi, marine fungi, and optimizing natural resource allocation.
Megan is originally from California and enjoys surfing, hiking, reading, and gardening in her free time.