As a child growing up in southern Maine, Shearon always wanted to be an avian ecologist - and an artist. She especially wanted to use her art to promote wildlife and ecological conservation. After graduating college in 1997 with a B.S. in biology, Shearon worked as a seasonal intern for BRI for three summers. During this time, she found a passion for spending time with Maine’s common loons, and caring for the habitats that they occupy. She also began providing illustrations to support BRI’s research and educational initiatives.
After three summers with BRI, Shearon began a 16-year career as an environmental specialist for a consulting firm. During this time, she accumulated a wide range of experience related to environmental aspects of the hydropower, wind power, and electric transmission industries. She also spent every summer monitoring and managing common loons on the hydro impoundments of the upper Kennebec River, in Maine.
During her years as a consultant, Shearon continued to work with BRI staff on several projects and provided illustrations for several of BRI’s publications. In 2015, Shearon returned to BRI where she has continued to apply and augment her broad experience in the environmental field, as well support and promote BRI’s research with her art.
Shearon has provided illustrations for numerous research reports and websites, including these and many more.
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