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Susan Simonson


Susan Simonson

Outreach Coordinator

Tel: 301-696-3318
Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 308F
Office Hours: By Appointment


  • M.S., Hood College
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University


I serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. I earned my bachelor’s degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University at University Park, where I was also a research assistant in the Biology Department. For over 13 years, I worked at a private environmental laboratory and consulting firm specializing in environmental sampling, analysis and site assessment/remediation. In 1999 I earned my master’s degree in environmental biology from Hood College where I focused my research & interest in aquatic ecology. Before working at the Center, I was an outdoor environmental educator conducting field studies on watershed health with secondary level students for a local not-for profit organization.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests lies with the assessment of human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. As an undergraduate, I was first introduced to such impacts when studying the effects of acid rain on trout and water chemistry. As a graduate student at Hood College, I furthered this interest by researching a source identification method of fecal contamination of Lake Linganore.  As the Outreach Coordinator for CCWS, my teaching focuses on awareness of basic watershed concepts, human impacts, and what restorative measures can be taken for protection and preservation of our aquatic environments.  I spend my free-time coercing my family into an old-house, homesteading lifestyle, volunteering with my local food co-op and watershed organization promoting sustainable living activities.