Quantina (Quinn) Martine (she/her) is Audubon Southwest’s water resource associate working on habitat restoration in the Middle Rio Grande. She grew up on the Ramah Navajo Reservation in Western New Mexico. Her youth was spent with her grandparents during the summer learning the traditional Navajo language and oral history. Her favorite subjects in school were science and math and she found ways to balance traditional Navajo teachings with her love of the sciences. After high school, Quantina joined the United States Navy where she worked as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS Camden AOE-2 based out of Bremerton, Washington. It was always a dream of hers to travel the world and she felt a great way to do that was by joining the military.
After her military career she moved back to New Mexico and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and minor in Sustainability. She also has completed course work in Surveying Technology and Geographic Information Technology. Hydrology and climatology were her main interest in college and that led her to a job with US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS). With FWS she joined the Division of Water Resources (DWR) as a Hydrologist with the Monitoring Team. With DWR her duties were to collect water data, conduct flow measurements, and complete water analysis at gaging stations that are located on the Wildlife Refuge within the southwest region of FWS. She also worked on habitat restoration for several endangered species along the Rio Grande and in Northern New Mexico. Quantina spends her free time fishing and hiking with her partner in Northern New Mexico, gardening, canning, listening to various podcasts, and playing with her dog murphy, a Boston terrier who loves to play in the water and likes to be constantly dirty.