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Meet Veronica Tangiri

Veronica Tangiri is the Water Quality Programs Coordinator at Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District in Prince William County in Virginia. She also leads the Virginia Adopt-A-Stream program and serves as a Certified Trainer of Trainers for the Northern Virginia Save Our Streams program. Veronica joined ESA in 2012 as a student member and enjoys the connections made with colleagues through her membership in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and Student, Applied Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Biogeosciences, Urban Ecosystems Ecology, and Vegetation Sections.

Originally born and raised in Cameroon, Veronica’s passion for the environment lead her to pursue a path in public environmental education and awareness. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Buea in Cameroon and a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Mid-Sweden University, Veronica moved to Virginia in 2009. She is currently working toward a second master’s degree in Geographic Information System (GIS) Ecosystem Analysis at Lund University in Sweden. She has worked with numerous environmental organizations, including the National Parks Service at Prince William Forest Park and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. She holds certifications in Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate from the United Nations Environmental Program and in Python Programming from George Mason University. Veronica has been with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District since February 2016.

In 2019, Veronica received the George Mason University Seeds of Change Award as an Exemplary Community Partner for her work helping students and interns engage in water quality education and awareness opportunities. This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of organizations who serve to partner with George Mason students working to enhance education through meaningful community based projects. As a member of the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, Veronica assisted students in exploring natural resource management and conservation projects through unique experiences such as stream cleanups, benthic macroinvertebrate identification certification and water quality monitoring.

The George Mason University Seed of Change Award in Exemplary Community Partnership helped to celebrate Veronica’s extensive work with students at George Mason, which has been instrumental in advancing the district’s goal of conserving water and soil resources through educational leadership.

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