Scientist Spotlights

Dr. Valerie Brady

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Home state: Minnesota
Research Institution: University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute
Primary Research Topic(s): I use fish and aquatic invertebrates to assess the condition (health) of wetlands, streams, and lake shores or coasts, as well as the success of restoration work in these ecosystems.

Dr. Brady grew up playing in mud puddles and catching bugs. She turned that childhood play time into a career.

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Ben Alsip

Home state: Illinois
Research Institution: US EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office

Strong relationships between researchers and educators are critical to ensure the health of the Great Lakes.

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Beth Whitmore

Home state: New York
Research Institution: Cornell University

Working with educators is one of the best ways scientists can help future generations develop an interest in and appreciation for our environment.

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George Bullerjahn

Home state: Ohio
Research Institution: Bowling Green State University

There is no better way to affect positive change than to work with young people who will become our future leaders. 

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Lorena M Rios Mendoza

Home state: Wisconsin
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin Superior

Our responsibility as scientists is to share our research results with educators to help them to educate the new generations of scientists.

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Cory Suski

Home state: Illinois
Research Institution: University of Illinois

I have always enjoyed being outdoors, and also knew that I wanted to work in science for a career.

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Michelle Gutsch

Home state: Minnesota
Research Institution: University of Minnesota Duluth

"Sharing our work with educators is extremely valuable because [we] are making our research accessible to the next generation of young minds."

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Harvey Bootsma

Home state: Wisconsin
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Freshwater Sciences

Science leads to new knowledge. And the great thing about knowledge is that it grows when you give it to someone else, especially educators!

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Glenn Warren

Dr. Glenn Warren leads a team of educators in studying quagga mussel densities on the bottom of Lake Michigan using GoPro footage.
Home state: Illinois
Research Institution: U.S. EPA/Great Lakes National Program Office

Maybe the most important skill to develop, whether or not you want to be a scientist, is thinking—using your mind to help solve problems.

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