El Lower


GLANSIS Research Associate
El Lower works with the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS), developing and updating species profiles and maps used to track the spread of non-native species throughout the Great Lakes region. El combines experience in stakeholder engagement and science communication to create and promote outreach material on aquatic invasive species and their management efforts at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor. When not combing through literature reviews or teaching kids about lampreys at tabling events, El can usually be found out in the woods with a stack of field guides or testing new recipes featuring wild and local ingredients.
  • M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Science, 2017, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A. Humanities, Science, and Environment, 2014, Virginia Tech
Professional experience
  • Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (2018-2019)
  • Environmental Studies Contract Editor, American Journal Experts (2017-present)
  • Urban Environmental Equity Research Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2014-2016)
  • Assistant Botanist, Illinois Natural History Survey (2015)
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Intern, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (2014)
  • Science Communication Intern, Virginia Sea Grant (2013)
El Lower

El Lower

GLANSIS Research Associate

Pronouns: they/them

(734) 741-2387

Michigan Sea Grant
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
4840 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108