Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Margot grew up attending a summer camp in Western North Carolina (WNC), where she fell in love with whitewater canoeing on WNC rivers and exploring the mountains they run through. After leaving the southeast to attend college in Connecticut, she returned to WNC upon graduating to teach at the Outdoor Academy of the Southern Appalachians before moving to Oakland, California, where she spent multiple years working as an environmental educator and community-based wetland restoration facilitator for the Save the San Francisco Bay Association. In 2007, she returned once more to WNC to pursue additional education and work in environmental science, land conservation and ecosystem restoration. Before starting her current position with HRI, Margot worked with The American Chestnut Foundation, the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and the Carolina Vegetation Survey. Her interest in the plight of the hemlocks was developed through each of those previous experiences. One of her current goals is to engage, empower and inspire the public to participate in fostering hemlock and ecosystem health through education and stewardship.