Karada Tudor

Karada Tudor
Karada Tudor
Karada Tudor Karada Tudor
Associate Research Specialist
office. Barstow 13
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Most recent degrees:

2015 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Environmental Studies, Biology, Geographic Information Systems - University of Wisconsin-Superior – Dissertation/thesis topic: "Where Have All the Crayfish Gone? Change in Occurrence of Invasive and Native Crayfish in the St. Louis River Estuary Over 14 Years"

Current certifications:

University of Wisconsin-Superior - Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certified in 2013

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection - Certified for Total Coliform and E. coli analysis of drinking water

Academic background:

My research background began in 2013 when I started my undergraduate research at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. I collected and analyzed data of invasive rusty crayfish within the St. Louis River freshwater estuary. My research pertained to invasive rusty crayfish and their presence, and the ecological and environmental effects their populations have on the Lake Superior Basin. I currently work as an Associate Research Specialist with the Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), where we conduct environmental research and provide services that directly benefit the people, industries, and natural resources of the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes Region. The majority of my work has been in partnership with the Great Waters Research Collaborative in an effort devoted to ending the problem of ship-mediated invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Research interests:

Currently I am interested at how invasive species impact the local wetlands and our Great Lakes. I would love to have the opportunity to further my research interests in watershed and water quality management on coastal wetlands to help me learn about ecosystem structure and function in coastal wetlands, especially with a better understanding of the human influences on these coastal wetlands. I am also interested in ecosystem restoration and aquatic ecosystem development, especially on studying ways to further research and implement mitigation and conservation practices in coastal and estuarine ecosystems. My current job at LSRI allows me to develop the necessary networking, knowledge and skills for understanding the environment and the ways that humans and social forces interact with the natural world and influence ecosystem processes, which will benefit me in my future profession as a more influential, educated, and effective leader in the scientific community.

Non-academic interests:

I currently sit on the UW-Superior's Diversity and Inclusion committee. Much of my free time as a UW-Superior alumna in our community has been involved in advocating for LGBTQ+ folks and engaging with diversity outreach initiatives. I am thrilled to work with this committee to develop programming, partnerships, and resources for the University to promote a strategic component in individual and University inclusion and success. I’m also a book worm. In my spare time I host a queer book club for a community group called Prism, who collaboratively facilitates safe and accessible programs, meetings, supportive and social events for the LGBTQ+ community in the Northland.

Notable awards:

2015 Society of Wetland Scientists Mentoring Award

 2014 William and Olga Munnings Foundation Scholarship

2013 McNair Scholars Program Recipient

2013 Advancing Minorities in Science Scholars Project (AMIS)

2013 Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP)

2013 Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant (LUMRG)

2013 Gender Equity Awards Ceremony Breaking the Silence and Outstanding Ally Award

2012 Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG)

Area of knowledge:

The EPA Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water (fifth ed., 2005); Total Coliform and E. coli analysis of drinking water by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Recent accomplishments:

Successfully ran four independent microbial bench scale tests during December 2017 through January 2018 for one of our LSRI projects, created and head-up our LSRI Facebook page, where I update, track, and boost our social media presence; and created a showcase of our student employees, and currently am serving as a member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UW-Superior


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