Dr. Lucinda Johnson - NRRI
Ph.D., Zoology, Michigan State University
Lucinda is the NRRI Associate Director and Initiative Director for Water. Her areas of interest include environmental assessment and bioindicators, impacts of climate change, and decision making in the environmental sciences. Research projects include: effects of multiple stressors on aquatic communities; testing indicators of coastal ecosystem integrity; and predicting impacts of climate change on stream communities.
Dr. George Host - NRRI
Ph.D., Forest Ecology, Michigan State University
George is a landscape ecologist and Director of the Forest and Land Initiative as well as NRRI’s Geographic Information System Laboratory. Areas of expertise include quantification of environmental stressors, spatial analysis, and visualization of complex data for scientific and public audiences.
Dr. George Hudak - NRRI
Ph. D., Geology, University of Minnesota
As Initiative Director for Mining, Minerals and Metallurgy, George is responsible for overseeing both the Minerals Laboratory in Coleraine, MN, and the Duluth Minerals Group. He guides the overall strategic plan for the Initiative. As a Senior Research Associate in the Economic Geology Group, George has been the Group Leader for the Particle and Materials Characterization Group. He is also the Associate Director of NRRI’s Precambrian Research Center.
Dr. Rich Axler - NRRI
Ph.D., Ecology/Limnology, University of California - Davis
Rich’s interests are lake and water quality management and restoration, aquatic ecosystem responses to pollutants, nutrient cycling and food web dynamics, web-based, data visualization tools for environmental education, and constructed treatment wetlands.
Dr. Dean Peterson - NRRI
Ph.D., Geology, University of Minnesota
Dean is the Program Manager of the NRRI’s Economic Geology Group. His research interests include magmatic systems, economic geology, geological mapping, Precambrian geology, mineral potential modeling, and three-dimensional modeling of ore systems. Dean has participated in the US government’s Office of Polar Programs studying the enormous Ferrar Magmatic system in Antarctica.
Mae Davenport - UMN TC
Ph.D. 2003, University of Minnesota
Mae’s research interests are focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management, specifically sustainable land use planning; community-based ecosystem management; recreation planning; and human beliefs, attitudes and behaviors associated with landscape change. Her research program has investigated community capacity for watershed conservation, stakeholder attitudes toward wetlands restoration, residents’ perceptions of the re-colonization of cougars in the Midwest, and recreational boating practices associated with aquatic invasive species and fish diseases. She is particularly interested in applying and expanding existing theories of community capacity in community health and development disciplines to the ecosystem management context.
Cindy Hagley - MN Sea Grant
M.S., Aquatic Ecology/Limnology, University of California - Davis
Cindy’s main interests are Great Lakes coastal environments, water & environmental quality, shoreland management, and coastal resources use. She has experience as a discussion facilitator and with administrative and programmatic coordination.
Dr. Mei Cai - NRRI
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Mei’s research interests include water chemistry, stormwater, climate change, watershed and environmental statistics. Current study focuses on the effects of environmental stressors to aquatic biological communities and highway stormwater treatment.
Will Bartsch - NRRI
M.S. Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota
Will’s professional interests include stream, lake, and wetland ecology; the impact of land use on water quality in the Great Lakes region; and facilitating communication and decision making that is focused on natural resources.
Shima Hosseinpour - NRRI
M.S., Engineering Management, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Shima is NRRI’s Strategic Project Manager. Her focus in this position is to apply project management tools to plan, monitor, and control NRRI’s extensive projects. She is also managing the NRRI Business Assistance Fund program. Shima is an industrial engineer with experience in managing and leading multidisciplinary engineering projects, and process analysis and improvements.
Norm Will - NRRI
M.S., Computer Science, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Norm creates interactive mapping applications. He manages, maintains, and helps develop websites. He writes the programs used to download and store data from remote data acquisition devices deployed by NRRI. He also developed the on-line tools used to visualize this data.
Kris Johnson - NRRI
M.S., Geographic Information Science, University of Minnesota
Kris is a research scientist in NRRI’s Geographic Information Science (GIS) lab. He manages and maintains GIS lab servers that host a variety of web and desktop applications. He also acquires, catalogs, and disseminates spatial data as needed by various partner projects. Additionally, he produces maps and performs spatial data analysis for partner projects. When time and opportunity allows he likes to bring donuts in for his co-workers.
Kristi Nixon - NRRI
M.S., Conservation Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kristi is a GIS analyst with an educational background in Conservation Biology and Geography. She is interested in landscape and community ecology, spatial modeling, and web map development to help inform sustainable natural resources management.
Julie Oreskovich - NRRI
B.S. Geology/Biology, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Julie was a Scientist for the Economic Geology Program. In her years with NRRI, Julie’s focus had been in the industrial minerals field, particularly with processing, testing and firing of Minnesota’s clay resources and product development. She has a special interest and extensive experience in bloating clays. She is a Licensed Professional Geologist in the state of Minnesota.
Paul Meysembourg - NRRI
B.A., Geography, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Paul’s research interest include the application of Geographic Information Systems to better understand the Great Lakes region.
Jane Reed - NRRI
M.S. Geology, University of Delaware
Jane works with NRRI teams to develop websites and web applications for internal and grant driven projects. Her work includes sitemap and content planning, website design and development, graphics creation, and website text and functionality updates.
Elaine Ruzycki - NRRI
M.S., Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota
Elaine’s professional interests include lake and stream water quality management and restoration; phytoplankton ecology, algal taxonomy, physiology and community composition. She is co-manager of the NRRI Central Analytical laboratory.
Shannon Werbeach - UMN TC
B.A., Geography/Philosophy, The Ohio State University
Shannon’s professional interests include federal land policy, natural resource law, conservation of vulnerable ecosystems through governance, natural resource science and management, and political ecology .
Vanessa Perry - UMN TC
Ph.D., Natural Resource Science and Management, University of Minnesota
Vanessa has a particular interest in applied research that links communities and science to develop best practices for effective management of resources. Her graduate studies focused on individual and community decision making related to natural resource management challenges in both urban and rural areas across Minnesota, including work with farmers in the Red River Basin of Minnesota, new immigrant communities in the Twin Cities Metro, and resource decision makers in the Duluth, MN area.
Jenn Shepard - UMN TC
Jenn’s natural resources science and management interests include: collaborative management of natural resources, adaptive governance of complex environmental problems, and natural resource conflict management