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Ms. Benson supports a wide range of projects as a research analyst at Marstel-Day, primarily for federal clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense. She supports Marstel-Day’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program and applies subject matter expertise in water resources and geological resources to Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). She has experience in developing communication and outreach planning components, as well as stakeholder engagement workshops and public meeting preparation and facilitation. She also supports Marstel-Day’s Natural Resources Program, where she has performed invasive species surveys and provided subject matter expertise in water resources and plant identification. Ms. Benson is the company’s media monitoring specialist for various Air Force and Marine Corps clients, where she consolidates various articles and prioritizes based on pressing issues and mission impacts, and she manages the company’s own social media outreach.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Benson worked as a water quality researcher at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, where she analyzed new and historical data and developed long-term trends for the Garden’s management plan. She also conducted water quality research with Virginia Tech’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, maintaining biological wastewater treatment processes through aerobic/anaerobic reactors.
Ms. Benson graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in environmental science, concentrating on water science and quality. Her field work and sampling experience furthered her passion for the environment and working to improve it. She also works closely with Friends of the Rappahannock, acting as one of their certified water quality scientists.