Joan manages the laboratories for the Institute, which includes a water quality laboratory that uses conventional meters, wet chemistry space, automated nutrient analyzers, and microscopes for plankton and macroinvertebrate studies. The laboratory is a Washington Department of Ecology accredited laboratory and operates using an approved Quality Assurance Manual.
Joan received her BS in Environmental Science through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. After a few years of environmental consulting in Louisiana, she continued her education through Huxley College at Western Washington University.
After receiving her MS from Western Washington University, she began working for the Institute for Watershed Studies as a research technologist and lab manager.