Staff Highlight: Meet Adina

We’re delighted to welcome a new member to our growing team!

Adina Daar

UPLC Role: 
Office Manager

Melbourne, FL

Curious, Enthusiastic, Kind

Favorite Quote:
“A lifetime can be spent in a Magellanic voyage around the trunk of a single tree.”
– E.O. Wilson

Tell us a little bit about your background:
I grew up in Melbourne Florida – exploring the Swamps and Pine Forests as a child. Eventually I went on to study at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where I received a BA in Sociology in 2008. From there, I worked in Market Research, travelling the world to study humans and helping companies develop consumer products and services.

In 2015, I heard about an approach to solving problems that looks to nature for inspiration called ‘Biomimicry’ – it was a wake-up call for me to re-cultivate the curiosity and love for nature that I held as a child. I went on to train as a wilderness guide and naturalist, and to completing a MSc in Biomimicry from Arizona State University in 2017. I’ve been looking to plants, animals, and ecosystems for inspiration to help solve human problems ever since!

I moved to the UP in 2018 and immediately fell in with the Land Conservancy – attending events and trying to get involved in any way, which is how I eventually joined the team.

Why did you want to work for UPLC?
During my studies I had the opportunity to travel to different biomes to understand the challenges and opportunities that many communities face. One aspect that is quickly clear is how interconnected we are and how what happens in one place affects another. Our water, air, food, and well-being are reliant on natural systems that have developed over billions of years. I am inspired by life in the Upper Peninsula and by the communities devotion to protecting place and culture. I am looking forward to being a part of the story by working with the community through UPLC and to supporting the mission of ‘Protecting land today for life tomorrow’.

What do you do at UPLC?
My official title is ‘Office Manager’ which at the moment means many things! We are currently a small team, so many hats are worn and all hands are in. Primarily, I manage the day-to-day operations of UPLC and provide direct support to the Executive Director and Stewardship Manager in their activities. I also like to get out as much as possible – so you’ll find me guiding hikes and helping with events and community initiatives as well.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
UPLC has been through tremendous growth in the past few years – with new properties, projects, and ways to work with the local community. My goal is to support the foundational structure of UPLC through so that we can both maintain and continue to grow in the future. I’m also passionate about working with other community groups towards shared goals and visions for the UP.

Anything else we should know about you? Did I mention Biomimicry already? Yeah, I’m a bit obsessed! I also have a soft spot for insects and marine invertebrates. I do a wonderful Lemur impression. Follow me on instagram @hellohelloIsay to see some insects – a couple below for fun!

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