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Cynthia Tam

Cindy has been with the U.S. Geological Survey for 15 years and working on invasive species issues for over 20 years.

Cindy came to appreciate the outdoors growing up in Michigan and became interested in aquatic ecosystem and their stressors at Michigan State while working on her Bachelor of Science. She has a special interest in the Great Lakes; invasive species prevention, detection, containment, and control; and risk assessment and decision science.


Cindy is most interested in the influences of ecosystem stressors on global processes, especially at the nexus of science, policy, and natural resource management.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Research Biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, Sam Parr Biological Station, Kinmundy, Illinois

  • Research Fishery Biologist, Invasive Species Workgroup Leader, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, USGS, La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Affiliate membership, graduate faculty, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Adjunct faculty at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

  • Science Advisor/Assistant Program Coordinator, Invasive Species Program, Ecosystems Mission Area, USGS National Center, Reston, Virginia

Education and Certifications

  • B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

  • M.S. Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

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