April is a Sustainability Scientist with the Chickasaw Nation officed at the SC CSC. Her position includes 1) serving as a match maker between the 68 tribes and climate scientists in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana; 2) building tribal staff capacity in climate vulnerability and adaptation planning; and 3) working with the tribal education programs to develop opportunities for tribal students in the climate science fields. Speaking engagements have included the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), Tribal Environmental Coalition of Oklahoma (TECO), Inter-Tribal Environmental Council (ITEC), American Indian Alaskan Native Climate Change Working Group (AIANCCWG), and Five Civilized Tribes-Inter Tribal Council-Environmental Protection Committee. She is part of an award winning team that recently received a Department of the Interior (DOI) Environmental Achievement Award.
April holds a B.S. in Marine Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Earth and Environmental Resource Management from the University of South Carolina. As a Chickasaw citizen with a family tradition of Native American grafted pecan trees, she is inspired by helping the tribes manage and plan for the many environmental impacts of climate variability and change.