Carlee Koehler

Carlee returned to the Platte Basin Timelapse team as an Applied Science master's student in the fall of 2021. Her project, created and funded in part by the Solidago Conservancy, looks into how the people of Lincoln interact with nature and how the city's expansion has altered residents' connection to the Salt Valley Greenway historically, presently and how it may in the future. For the last year, Carlee lived in and enjoyed Laramie, WY and the surrounding mountain ranges. There, she built connections with passionate landowners and told stories of the intricacies of livestock and wildlife sharing spaces in the Wyoming country as part of Dr. Drew Bennett's work with the University of Wyoming Working Lands and Wildlife Project within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. She also thoroughly enjoyed working as a substitute teacher in the Albany County school district! Carlee worked as an intern with us for five years during her undergraduate career at UNL where she earned a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife conservation biology, a bachelor of journalism degree, and three minors in biology, environmental studies and mathematics. Her passion for teaching and interests in music, art, and keeping up with her big family brought her back home to the southeast of Nebraska.

Carlee's Work


   The earth unthaws from the sun and everything wakes up at once.   New life, Renewed life, all ready to rise and stretch.   All eager to sing their songs and dance their dances.   Big deep yawns, and then action.   Music by Joshua Pace   This project places musicians in the elements […]

   Rolled into friends Or swept into angels   Revealing tracks of the prey And evidence of the hunters   Softening Or scolding   A walk through drifts A mug of sweet liquid comfort   Silence outside Weather warnings from a blue screen   Shivers Or coziness   Where does winter take you?     […]

   Nature. It’s grand mountain valleys, and gusts of wind sweeping through streets past squinty-eyed businessmen.   Music. It’s the anchoring drone of a cello and the tune of creaking trees.   Mind. Consciousness- it’s in the future and the past; the world of what-if and the realm of what’s-it-like.   The energy of them […]

In June, a small team of PBT interns set out for the highest point in the Platte Basin watershed. We had big intentions of catching 5-star media to fill in cracks for the Grays Peak scene in the upcoming PBT documentary featuring Mike and Pete’s 55-day, 1,300-mile journey across the watershed. Grays Peak is the highest point in the Platte Basin […]

A swath of freezing rain was coming to glaze the central United States in a sheet of ice. The storm even earned itself a name- Jupiter. Fresh produce was clearing the shelves of the grocery stores, residents kept the salt or kitty litter close at hand, tarps and towels were tied over windshields, and fuel […]

Mountain ranges demand our focus. Canyons tug at our gaze. Massive sunsets crowd our view. Fields of flowers catch our eye.   But what about the mountains of lichens on a twig? The canyon grooves set in bark? The gradient of color in a leaf? The fields of pollen drenching a lily?   Nearly every […]

The day started how one would expect when setting off for an exciting first day of outdoor field work. It was pouring. Skin-pelting water bombs and shoe-soaking waves,­ pouring. Mariah, Ethan and I loaded up our gear into the back of the truck, stared up at the sky, willing it to cease fire, then set […]