Mandy Nix

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Photo of Mandy Nix holding a fishWatershed Education Specialist

Education Department

tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 311
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

Mandy is an ecologist and educator with a lifelong love of freshwater systems. Having grown up on lakes and rivers in North Carolina, she cares deeply about forging lasting connections between citizens and their backyard water resources. Her own experiences in hands-on, minds-on environmental education have taken her from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the salmon streams of Kodiak Island to the Potomac headwaters of West Virginia, where she explored how personal relationships with nature are the building blocks for freshwater science and stewardship. Her vices include splashing through creeks, fruit-and-cheese pastries, and hoarding found treasures like a five-foot caddisfly.


  • B.S., Environmental Studies: Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina.


  • Certified Interpretive Guide
  • North Carolina Environmental Educator
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Professional Experience

  • Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2018–present.
  • West Virginia Volunteer Restoration and Monitoring Organizer, Trout Unlimited and Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps, Davis, West Virginia, 2017–2018.
  • Nature Explorers Camp Educator, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2017.
  • Environmental Education Instructor, Mountain Trail Outdoor School, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 2017.
  • Education Intern, The Duke Lemur Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2015.
  • Environmental Education Instructor, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak Island, Alaska, 2014.
  • Museum Host, Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2013.

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