Terra Virsilas is a research analyst for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities where she provides project management support and research for the Urban Development practice area. She works to foster better collaboration and information sharing across the country offices and the practice areas.
Prior to joining WRI, Terra pursued her interest in urban watershed restoration by interning with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stream-monitoring division. During her time with DEP, she gained experience in field sampling: benthic macroinvertebrate, amphibian, reptile and fish collection and identification; habitat assessments; physical and chemical data analysis, and geomorphological stream surveying. She worked on compiling data for several stream restoration projects, as well as created and updated GIS maps for public outreach events and the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas.
Terra has a bachelor’s degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland University College and is finishing a master’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland.
For fun, Terra enjoys painting, riding her bike and dancing.