Emily Kao

After gaining a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Carleton College (2011), I returned to the Pacific Northwest to work with environmental nonprofits focused on environmental education and advocacy. My interest in river restoration lead me to pursue a Master’s of Science in Landscape Architecture.

My thesis centers on state of the restoration project on the White Salmon River in Washington State five years after the removal of the Condit Dam. My study’s goal is to understand the current state of the vegetation in the former reservoir. Through the use of vegetation and soil sampling, I am determining the project’s efficacy in creating an ecosystem consistent with the existing natural vegetative community.

In my free time I enjoy being active in the outdoors, farm to table cuisine, and playing with my dog.