Mary Droege

Biology Laboratory & Greenhouse Manager, Part-time Faculty

(802) 468-1477
Jeffords Center
Room 226
233 South Street


Castleton University, Castleton, VT

Biology Lab and Greenhouse Manager, 2011 – present
Part-time Faculty, Natural Sciences Department, 2008 – present
Eco-Explorations Camp Director, Natural Sciences Department, 2014-present

The Nature Conservancy of Vermont's Southern Lake Champlain Valley Program, West Haven, VT

1996 – 2011, Director, Ecological Management and Restoration
Implemented the mission of conserving biological diversity in the Southern Lake Champlain Valley. Led grant writing and supervised staff, program development and community outreach.
Secured over $250K in USDA NRCS federal grants to restore 84 acres of the rare Champlain Valley clayplain forest. Included the planting over 45K native trees, 2004 – 2011.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1993-1996 Forestry Department Research Assistant

The Nature Conservancy of Maryland, Chevy Chase, MD

1987-1993 Director of Science and Stewardship. Directed state wide science and stewardship program including preserve planning, land management and community outreach and education.


M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S., University of Vermont


  • The Nature Conservancy’s International Conservation Science in Practice Conference, Tucson, AZ, Nov. 2006. Co-Organized symposium: Restoration in a Fragmented Landscape.
  • Clayplain Forest Symposium, Green Mountain College, Poultney VT, March 22, 2006. Lead organizer for symposium. Presentation: First Year Results of TNC’s Clayplain Forest Restoration Experiment.
  • Association of State Wetland Managers Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Nov. 2005. Presentation: Clayplain Forest Restoration in the Hubbardton River Watershed, West Haven, VT.
  • Society for Conservation Biology, International Annual Meeting, NYC, Aug. 2004. Poster presentation: Clayplain and Floodplain Forest Restoration Planning in the Hubbardton and Lower Poultney River Watershed, VT and NY.