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Marisol Mata

Plant Protection Program Coordinator
Phone 
(607) 229.5706

Marisol began working as a Plant Protection Program Coordinator in October of 2017. Her work with the Association includes developing and coordinating our Sentinel Plant Network training workshops, as well as creating outreach and education materials for our Plant Heroes® youth program and our forest health initiatives to increase public awareness on high consequence pests and pathogens.

Marisol was born and raised in the city of Tucuman, in northwestern Argentina. She holds a Licentiate Degree in Biological Sciences from the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo of Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, and most recently earned a Masters in Science through NC State University’s Horticultural Science Department.

Marisol’s love for the outdoors and science has taken her across much of the Western Hemisphere, including field research in British Columbia, the Caribbean Islands, and down the Andes Mountains from Bolivia to Patagonia. Her work, whether focused on flora or fauna, has always involved using science to connect local communities with nature. Her love for languages, cultures, and meeting new people has helped steer her career towards outreach and education, an area where she feels she can have a positive impact on the way people interact with their natural environment.

In her free time, Marisol enjoys learning about new languages and culture. During her travels she talks to people about the importance of composting, pollinators and community building through sustainable living.