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Lake Superior estuary reserve hires research, education coordinators

Posted on Aug 15, 2011
Lake Superior NERR adds two jobs to coordinate research and education programs.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve has hired Dr. Shon Shooler to serve as research coordinator and Deanna Erickson to serve as education coordinator.

As research coordinator, Shooler will work with advisory committees, research institutions, area scientists, and members of the public to fulfill the research objectives of the reserve. In addition he will serve as a liaison with the scientific community, promoting data use and acting as the primary contact for scientists performing research in the reserve. He will collaborate with the researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other National Estuarine Research Reserves on research initiatives across the NERR System.

Shooler earned a bachelors degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He then moved to Oregon, where he received a master degree in 1998 and a doctorate degree in 2003 from Oregon State University. He was then awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Australia with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, where he was granted tenure in 2007.

His research has focused on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems and the impact and management of invasive aquatic organisms. Over the past 15 years he has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in journals and books and has given over 50 public presentations.

As the reserve's education coordinator, Erickson will plan, implement and evaluate the LSNERR education program through on-site and educational outreach activities and through the development of educational facilities including trails and exhibits.

Erickson will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other research reserves to collaborate on national estuary and coastal ecosystem science curriculum. She also will work closely with the community through advisory committees, education institutions and individuals to fulfill the reserve's education objectives.            

Erickson holds a bachelors of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in natural resource management and is completing a master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in environmental education. She has worked as an educator and administrator in outdoor and environmental education for the past 13 years for organizations that include the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Student Conservation Association, The Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, The Whale Camp in New Brunswick, Canada and as director of Outdoor Education at Pathfinder Ranch, a residential outdoor education program near Idyllwild, Calif.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve covers nearly 16,700 acres of marshes, uplands, rivers and Lake Superior shoreline that are part of the St. Louis River estuary in Douglas County. With headquarters on Barkers Island in Superior, the reserve serves as a site to study natural resource management techniques and apply what is learned to problems facing coastal communities, such as maintaining clean water, protecting wildlife habitat, and preventing and controlling invasive species. The reserve's educational programs enable people to experience freshwater estuaries and their unique resources, making it a community asset and a destination for students and visitors.

 

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