Rachel Rouillard, Director

As Director, Rachel is in charge of strategic planning for the organization and administration. Prior to her work at PREP Rachel served two terms as the first Executive Director of the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Authority (LCHIP). During her tenure at LCHIP over 200,000 acres of land and 83 historic structures were conserved and protected across the state, including the Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin, NH, a National Historic Landmark.

Rachel is a native of Keene and has been recognized for her work in NH, receiving the President’s 2009 Woman of Achievement award by Keene State College, named Remarkable Woman of 2006 by NH Magazine, selected as one of the state’s 40 Under Forty by the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2005, and is a 2004 alumnus of the Leadership New Hampshire Program. She earned a B.A. in Geography from Keene State College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA. Rachel is also a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria.

Contact Rachel: Rm 302; 603.862.3948

Dr. Kalle Matso, Coastal Science Program Manager

As the Coastal Science Program Manager, Kalle is responsible for developing and managing the science-based programs and projects at PREP. Before coming to PREP, Kalle helped manage the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative, a partnership between the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior to that, Kalle managed the research portfolio for the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), also at UNH.

Originally trained as a journalist—he received his bachelor’s degree in English from The Colorado College—and  then as a marine ecologist, Kalle now focuses on more effectively linking science to societal decisions in a timely manner.. Kalle has been at UNH since 1997, when he began his Masters program focused on eelgrass ecology in the Great Bay Estuary. He also received his PhD at UNH, studying how research projects both succeed and fail to link new knowledge to action. Explore his CV here.

Contact Kalle: Rm 305; 603.781.6591

Abigail Lyon, Community Technical Assistance Program Manager

As the Community Technical Assistance Program Manager, Abigail manages the Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA) project as well as helps to provide municipal technical assistance to improve local regulations and decision-making. In 2017 she will be helping to organize and host the Board Empowerment Series, a workshop series that will help municipal boards and staff in the important work of local land use decision making. Abigail also supports the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, Natural Resources Outreach Coalition and the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative as well as other PREP priority projects.

Abigail handles all requests for data from municipal officials and boards as well as help boards and staff find resources for projects and efforts. Abigail is also available for outreach and education presentations to town boards, staff and schools groups.

Abigail received her Masters of Science from the University of New Hampshire in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management in May 2015. During which she worked as an intern for PREP and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve working specifically on the 2015 PREPA report. Prior to joining the PREP team, Abby worked for Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation as program/volunteer coordinator and whale watch naturalist educating people throughout New England about the importance of protecting our coastal and marine environments. Originally from the south shore in Massachusetts, she has always had a strong connection to water and is excited to put her energy toward protecting such an important resource.


Contact Abigail: Rm. 304; 603.862.3729

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.