I am a communications associate for the USGS-Great Lakes Science Center and Great Lakes Fishery Commission, stationed at the USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station.
The goal of my work as a communications associate is to increase collaboration and visibility of research and activities of the USGS-Great Lakes Science Center and Great Lakes Fishery Commission at local, regional, national, and international levels through communications to internal, external, Congressional, media, and government partners. Additionally, through public communications focused on Great Lakes ecology, conservation, and management, I endeavor to increase scientific literacy, science-based decision-making, and foster environmental stewardship in the general public from youth to adults. These activities support the missions of the USGS and Commission by promoting the protection of Great Lakes resources and the maintenance of healthy Great Lakes ecosystems. My science communication activities include: stakeholder outreach at small and large events; educational presentations for schools and community groups; interactions with the media; graphic design; writing articles and press releases; photography; videography; social media; and coordinating the Sea Lamprey in Michigan Education (SLIME) program.
Communications Associate, Great Lakes Fishery Commission & USGS Great Lakes Science Center, stationed at the USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station. (2012-Pres.) Science communication to support the missions of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and USGS.
Visiting Scientist, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. (2006-2011) Research position investigating the evolution of an invasive species in the Great Lakes.
Intern, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. (2006-2007) Assistant to the Michigan DNR Statewide Council for ecosystem management.
Summer Research Fellow, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. (2006) Research position modeling zebra mussel effects on the Lake Michigan ecosystem.
Visiting Scientist, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. (2003-2006) Research position investigating exotic species and food web disruption through ecological modeling.
Technician, Lake Michigan Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey. (2001-2003) Aquatic ecology field and laboratory research technician.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. (2012) Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.
Dual Ph.D. (2012) Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program, Michigan State University.
Certificate. (2012) Certification in College Teaching Program, Michigan State University.
M.S. (2006) Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.
B.A. (2001) Department of Biology & Department of Physics, Augustana College.
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