Monique Fortner | Associate Scientist, Dive Professional and Photographer
Monique Fortner has been involved with MTS field operations since 2011. As a dive professional with thousands of logged dives both recreationally and commercially, she is actively involved with dive safety procedures, current training and a variety of duties relating to marine and aquatic surveys and systems. This includes electrofishing, benthic and sediment collections, water sampling and invasive species monitoring. She has worked extensively with control efforts of Myriophyllum spicatum, Potamogeton crispus, and other aquatic invasive plants in and around Lake Tahoe. Monique has collaborated with research scientists and volunteered internationally in efforts to educate and protect endangered sea turtle species and marine ecosystems. Some of her involvements have included land surveys for known breeding/nesting grounds, collection and relocation of threatened nests, monitoring and release of new hatchlings and data collections for scientific publication. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is pursuing an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in her spare time.