As the temperature rises and we head into summer, many of us will be heading towards the water. Michigan truly is a "water wonderland", surrounded by the Great Lakes and home to thousands of inland lakes, rivers, and streams. Unfortunately, many of these aquatic systems have been significantly changed by invasive, non-native plants and animals - and it seems like there is a new invader discovered every day! During this webcast, we will take a look at some of the aquatic invasive species now found in Michigan, and some that are knocking on our door. We'll also discuss a variety of ways to help stop the spread and protect our lakes and streams.
Dr. Jo Latimore - Dr. Latimore is an Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. She works closely with Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Michigan State University Extension, and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory to promote understanding and stewardship of aquatic resources. She is particularly interested in volunteer monitoring of Michigan's streams and lakes, community-based approaches to watershed management, natural resources leadership development, and improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance. Dr. Latimore is the Director of the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute, facilitator of the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, and provides technical support to the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Albion College, and earned a Master's degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from MSU. She spent four years as a Watershed Ecologist at the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor before joining the faculty at MSU.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.