Natalie Footen is a PhD student in the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS). While conducting her doctoral research studying the parasitic golden paintbrush, a threatened wildflower growing in Washington and Oregon, she finds time to serve as the Secretary for the Society for Ecological Restoration, UW Student Chapter and as the Co-Venue Liaison on the Engage Board of Directors.
She has taught countless students not only as a teaching assistant for several courses at the UW, but also as a botany instructor for Edmonds Community College and a biology instructor for the University Behind Bars program.
As if this wasn’t enough to fill her schedule, she is a past president for the Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honors Society-Alpha Chapter, a multi-year organizer for the SEFS Graduate Student Symposium and even plays trumpet in The Cumbieros, a cumbia band that has performed at Folklife and on KEXP. Natalie is a role model to undergraduate and graduate students alike, she is a paragon of academic achievement and she knows how to incorporate fun into her life and the lives of everyone around her.