Danielle exploring the Smokey Mountains (S) and Belgium (R)

Favorite ecosystem:

My favorite ecosystem is a temperate forest. I have very fond memories in the Smokey Mountains, and I am drawn to the combination of flowing rivers and lush trees in the area.

Dream vacation:

My dream vacation is fairly broad. I love to travel and immerse myself into the culture of the places I go. I’d like to go to southeast Asia next.

Why Biohabitats?

The mission of Biohabitats initially drew me in. I felt a sense of belonging with everyone who has a deep passion for the earth and the strengths and varying disciplines within Biohabitats make me proud to work with everyone.

Coolest undergraduate class:

The coolest class I took as an undergrad was a gen ed called Waters and Civilizations. I learned about the societal impacts on ancient and modern civilizations of water issues and water rights. It is what originally sparked my passion for water resources.

Memorable experience in nature: 

I went to Switzerland and did a lot of hiking. I was in Interlaken and found a beautiful waterfall off trail. I spent the day swimming at the base and rock jumping.

Go-to snack in the field:

Lara bars! Lemon is my favorite.

Childhood ambition:

singer and songwriter

Favorite film:

Coherence. It is an independent film about a comet that causes strange interferences with reality.


I have a four-year-old cat named Phoebe. She is a disabled rescue that I fell in love with instantly. She loves to cuddle and even plays fetch.

Phoebe (L) and Danielle (R)



Further Reading

Ecological Restoration: Where it has been and where it is going. (Expert Panel Discussion)
Get to know Danielle Ursprung, Integrated Water Resources Engineer
Get to know Brooke Marshall, Proposal Coordinator
Get to know Antanea “Nea” Davis, Office Manager
Celebrating Dr. Mario Molina

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