Clean Water Program
Wetland Monitoring & Assessment
Ms. Pearce received her B.S. in Geosciences in 1999 from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and her M.S. in Geomorphology from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA in 2001. Her master's research focused on the hydraulic geometry of ephemeral streams as they interacted with blind thrust faults and fault-propagation-folds associated with the continued uplift of the San Bernardino Mountains, Southern California. Ms. Pearce joined SFEI in 2001 and is currently working with the Watersheds and Wetlands group within the Resilient Landscapes program. Over the previous 20 years, she has carried out a number of projects focusing on fluvial geomorphic process in Bay Area streams and making interpretations of the data toward an understanding of the way beneficial uses such as sediment supply, salmonid habitat, bank stability, riparian function, flood control, water supply, and aesthetic value are influenced by land and water management in adjacent and upstream areas. Communication mechanisms for this policy and environmental management related scientific information have included direct interaction with environmental stewardship groups, development of high quality, peer-reviewed technical reports, and presentations at conferences and directly to local environmental managers. Ms. Pearce is also the training coordinator for the state for the California Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands (CRAM) (www.cramwetlands.org), and a member of the statewide Level 2 Committee which oversees CRAM and other rapid assessment methods. She is one of the most tenured practitioners and trainers in the state, with experience in all wetland types.