M.S. Ecological Planning, University of Vermont, 2008 B.A. Environmental Science, concentration in Conservation Biology and Botany, Franklin Pierce College, 1999
"Curious naturalist" is a suitable description of Erin, although she would also add analytical and passionate as descriptors. She has focused on environmental conservation and education through jobs in the private, public and non-profit sector throughout North America and the Caribbean. Erin grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, but has been calling New England her home ever since attending Franklin Pierce Collge in New Hampshire. She enjoys teaching and learning from a variety of people. Her goal is to work with the Lake Champlain Basin community to raise awareness of their natural resources and responsibilities on a daily basis.
Ph.D. Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985 M.S. Agricultural Development (ABT), Wye College, University of London M.A. Biology/Ecology, San Diego State University, 1977 B.S. Zoology, cum laude, San Diego State University, 1975
Jurij oversees LCSG's extension and education activities to enhance awareness and understanding of coastal development, water quality, aquatic resources, nuisance aquatic species, land use and watershed management issues for New York-Vermont-Quebéc Lake Champlain Basin. He also conducts applied research in participatory, community-based watershed management and water quality protection, lay water quality monitoring and urban stream restoration.
Land Use Planning and Water Quality Extension Educator
M.A. Environmental Studies and Community Development, Antioch University, Seattle, 2009 B.A. Anthropology, University of Vermont, 2001
Laura is responsible for coordinating urban NPS pollution and stormwater education programs, and for the Vermont Non-point source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program. This position develops and conducts outreach and training programs that teach the connection between land use and water quality. She is also an alumna of the National Sea Grant Academy. Before joining LCSG, Laura was a Program Manager for the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a Graduate Assistant at Antioch University Seattle. She also started an environmental leadership group for Sustainable Seattle as part of her masters work and received certificates in Ecological Planning & Design and Permaculture.
Mark represents LCSG in regional and national fisheries and aquatic habitat initiatives. As the Aquatic Resources Specialist, he leads all activities associated with fisheries extension and aquatic invasive species, and he contributes to lake based sustainable communities and economic development. Prior to his work with LCSG, Mark was employed with New York Sea Grant and Cornell Cooperative Extension since 1984.
Co-Director, LCRI Coordinator, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Ph.D. Biology, Idaho State University, 1994 M.S. Zoology, Oklahoma State University, 1989 B.S. Biology, Oral Roberts University
Timothy (Tim) Mihuc oversees LCSG's SUNY Plattsburgh operations and serves as the coordinator of the Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh. Tim began his career with an undergraduate independent research project on nutrient limitation of algae in a small eutrophic lake in Oklahoma. He continued his education as an aquatic ecologist through studies on invertebrate life-history ecology in a Colorado alpine wetland (M.S.) and post-fire food web dynamics in Yellowstone National Park streams (Ph.D.). He spent several years at Louisiana State University as a post-doctoral researcher (1994-1996) conducting invasive species research in the Atchafalaya River Basin, the largest contiguous hardwood swamp ecosystem in the U.S. From 1996-1999 Tim served as director of the Great Rivers Field Station (Illinois Natural History Survey) where he led a multidisciplinary research team working on the Upper Mississippi River. He has published over 35 research articles including journals such as Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Aquatic Sciences, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Great Lakes Research and American Midland Naturalist and has co-edited the book volume titled “Lake Champlain: Partnership and research in the new millennium,” published by Kluwer Academic publishers. Tim’s professional areas of interest include aquatic food webs, fish population dynamics, ecological integrity and aquatic biodiversity. He enjoys outdoor activities, particularly fly-fishing, skiing, hiking and mountain climbing (preferably combined).
Ph.D. 1982 North Carolina State University, Bioogeochemistry of nitrogen in coastal ecosystems M.S. 1976 North Carolina State University, Microbial numbers and biomass in aquatic ecosystems B.S. 1973 University of Georgia, Zoology and Chemistry
Dr. Bowden is the Robert and Genevieve Patrick Professor in Watershed Science and Planning in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He teaches undergraduate courses in the Environmental Sciences curriculum and graduate courses in the Aquatic of Ecology and Watershed sciences curriculum at the University of Vermont. He is the Director of the Vermont Water Resources in Lake Studies Center and leads the Vermont component of the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.Dr. Bowden's research interests focus on the interactions among land use, land cover, and water resources. He has conducted research on wetland, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems in temperate, tropical, and arctic biomes and has been involved with strategic planning in universities and in government agencies.His current research projects focus on the effects of exurban development on stormwater runoff in Vermont and on climate change impacts in the arctic. Dr. Bowden is active in national and international programs to that seek to integrate science in resource management decision making, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, Hydrology for Environment Life and Policy (HELP), the National Environmental Observatory Network (NEON), and the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH).
M.S. Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology, Frostburg State University, 2007
B.S. Biology, Bradley University, 2001
Elissa is working as the Research Coordinator and Communicator for Lake Champlain Sea Grant. She also works with the Arctic LTER Streams Research project and Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center.
Elissa has worked on many research projects around the country, including in Sub-Alpine Colorado, long-leaf pine wiregrass communities in Georgia, Appalachian Plateau streams in Maryland, and the Arctic Tundra in Alaska. Her interests lie in water research and resources, including restoration and conservation.