When Carmen was a kid, she hated
mud. The memory makes her laugh today. As an ecologist, Carmen
spends most of her time in mud. Sturdy jeans and rubber boots
have replaced the white dresses and polished shoes of her girlhood.
about every day, Carmen pulls on her favorite jeans and boots
and heads for a wetland near her home in Connecticut. Carmen's
job is to observe the changes that take place in natural areas
like wetlands. The area Carmen studies has two ponds, a small
forest, and a stream.
What makes this wetland unusual is that it is urban. "It's right
in the middle of town," says Carmen. There is a highway, a ballpark,
the university, and houses nearby. "Most people think that nature
is someplace else -- a rainforest, a prairie, or a wilderness,"
she remarks. "They never think that nature is all around them,
like this place."
(excerpted from the biography written by Sarah Disbrow and Gary
Hochman. The entire biography is available on the Urban Ecologist