Fellows and Interns

Fellows

Bailey F. McCarthy Riley

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2022-2023
bfmccart@wayne.edu

Emily Liljestrand

Sea Grant-National Marine Fisheries Service Fellowship, 2019-2022
liljest3@msu.edu

Eleanor Rappolee

Association of State Floodplain Managers and Coastal States Organization Fellow
rappolee@msu.edu

So-Jung Youn

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2020-2021
younsoju@msu.edu

Kate Vogel

Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Service Fellow
vogelk@umich.edu

Interns

Elizabeth Belanger

Lake Superior State University
ebelanger@lssu.edu
Advisors: Dr. Edoardo Sarda and Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski
Project Partner: Center for Freshwater Research and Education
Project: Locating Acipenser fulvescens (Lake Sturgeon) in Sault Ste. Marie Waters

Aiden Bobak

University: Michigan State University
bobakaid@msu.edu
Supervisor: Mike Reed, Curator of Education
Sponsor Organization: Detroit Zoological Society
Project: Inspiring environmental stewardship in members of the Detroit community

Tristan Compton

Lake Superior State University
tcompton@lssu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Doubek
Project Partner: Lake Superior State University
Project: Microplastic density in relation to season, land use, and storms in a Michigan river network

Gabrielle DeMott

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
gmdemott@umich.edu
Supervisor: Mike Reed, Curator of Education
Sponsor Organization: Detroit Zoological Society
Project: Researching and implementing environmental initiatives and educational programs in the Detroit area

Simon Freeman

Lake Superior State University
sfreeman3@lssu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Doubek
Project Partners: Michigan DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Green Bay, WI, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Project: Quantifying day versus night relationships between larval lake whitefish and zooplankton prey density and biomass in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior

Ángela Gutiérrez

Michigan Technological University
agutierr@mtu.edu
Advisors: Dr. Melissa Baird, Dr. Valoree Gagnon, Evelyn Ravindran, Larissa Juip
Project Partner: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department (KBIC NRD)
Project: Understanding Socio-Ecological and Stewardship of a Contaminated Tribal Landscape (TLS) in Lake Superior

Cynthia Gutierrez Navarro

University: University of Detroit Mercy
gutierci@udmercy.edu
Advisor: Dr. Victor Carmona Galindo
Project Partners: Healthy Urban Waters Initiative at Wayne State University and Lake St. Clair Metropark
Project: Invasive plant species impact on bioswale fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) communities and the capacity of green stormwater infrastructure to sustain ecosystem services.

Mikayla Kindler

Kalamazoo College
mikayla.kindler18@kzoo.edu
Supervisor: Dave Clapp, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station Manager
Sponsor Organization: Michigan DNR—Fisheries Division
Project: Analysis of the ecological dynamics of smallmouth bass populations in the Lake Michigan reef ecosystem near the Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station

Rachel London

Michigan State University
londonra@msu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Loch
Supervisor: Dave Clapp, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station Manager
Project Partner: Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
Sponsor Organization: Michigan DNR—Fisheries Division
Project: Exploring the potential causes of reported skin lesions in smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) inhabiting the Great Lakes Basin

Grace Maves

Wayne State University
gh1789@wayne.edu
Supervisor: Daryl Pierson, Sustainability Coordinator
Project Partner: Wayne State University Office of Campus Sustainability
Project: A Survey of the Trees on Wayne State’s Campus

Giovani Roselli

Michigan State University
rosellig@msu.edu
Supervisor: David Mifsud, President
Sponsor Organization: Herpetological Resource Management
Project: Revision of the Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Best Management Practices Manual

Ethan Vanvalkenburg

University of Michigan
vanvalea@umich.edu
Advisor: Dr. Ben Winger
Sponsor Organization: University of Michigan Biological Station
Project: Bird range shifts and climate change in Great Lakes coastal wetlands

Cheyenne Wilcox

Oakland University
wilcox2@oakland.edu
Supervisors: Dave Clapp, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station Manager and Todd Wills, Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station Area Research Manager
Sponsor Organization: Michigan DNR—Fisheries Division
Project: Role of smallmouth bass in Lake Michigan reef communities

Past fellows and interns

MISG Undergraduate Environmental Internship Program

Timothy Boyd, 2020
Lake Superior State University
tboyd1@lssu.edu
Project: Round goby in lake trout diet

Julianna Grenn, 2020
Lake Superior State University
Jgrenn@lssu.edu
Project: Maintenance and updates at the Grayling Fish Hatchery

Samuel Johnston, 2020
Lake Superior State University
sjohnston5@lssu.edu
Project: Temporo-spatial dynamics of zooplankton and larval lake whitefish in invasive dominated Lakes Michigan and Huron

Dakota VanFleet, 2020
Lake Superior State University
Dakota.Ann.Vanfleet@gmail.com
Project: Great Lakes watershed stewardship: Student awareness to advocacy and action

Molly Wozniak, 2020
Lake Superior State University
mwozniak1@lssu.edu
Project: Didymosphenia geminata (rock snot) removal and effects on benthic macroinverts

Grace Maves, 2020
Wayne State University
Gracemaves@icloud.com
Project: Service value of tree planting in Metro-Detroit

Ana Singh, 2020
Calvin University
ams246@students.calvin.edu
Project: Plant transpiration and survival in urban rain gardens

David Martinez-Vasquez, 2020
Calvin University
dev24@students.calvin.edu
Project: Tree planting to discourage reed canary grass and watershed education with urban Grand Rapids high school students

Savanna Johnson, 2020
University of Michigan
savrenea@umich.edu
Project: Assessment of larval fish shrinkage with preservation

Kiera Matiska, 2020
University of Michigan
kmatiska@umich.edu
Project: Effects of sea lamprey on lake trout

Lauren Payne, 2020
University of Michigan
paynela@umich.edu
Project: Assessment of fish egg mortality

Abigail Meyer, 2020
University of Michigan
avmey@umich.edu
Project: Environmental modelling of native wetland plants to build invasion resistance

Taylor Rathbun, 2020
Central Michigan University
Rathb1tl@cmich.edu
Project: Angler creel study and field survey in Grand Traverse Bay

Carter Rogers, 2020
Spring Arbor University
rogerscarter98@yahoo.com
Project: Distribution study of New Zealand mud snail in Boardman River

Aidan Navarre, 2020
Central Michigan University
navar1as@cmich.edu
Project: Species distribution modelling of herpetofauna

Victoria Vo, 2020
Eastern Michigan University
vvo@emich.edu
Project: Gap analysis of herpetofauna populations

 

Yeri Kim, 2019
Calvin University (formerly Calvin College)
yk54@students.calvin.edu
See Yeri’s research poster (PDF)

Ben Vasquez, 2019
Northern Michigan University
bevasque@nmu.edu
See Ben’s research poster (PDF)

Tyler Penrod, 2019
Northern Michigan University
tpenrod@nmu.edu
See Tyler’s research poster (PDF)

Abigail Meyer, 2019
University of Michigan
avmey@umich.edu
See Abigail’s research poster (PDF)

MISG Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Erin Burkett, 2018-2020
emburket@mtu.edu
Project overview (PDF)
Final report (PDF)

Nicole Olson, 2018-2020
niolson@umich.edu
Project overview (PDF)

Peter Alsip, 2018 – 2020
peterals@umich.edu

Corey Krabbenhoft, 2018 – 2020
ckrab@wayne.edu

Angela Yu, 2016 – 2018
awyu@mtu.edu

Erin McCann, 2016 – 2018
mccan1e@cmich.edu

Great Lakes Commission — Sea Grant Fellowship

Margo Davis, 2017 – 2018
margodavis9@gmail.com

Michael Polich, 2016 – 2017
mpolich@glc.org

Sam Molnar, 2015 – 2016
sammolnar@gmail.com

Elizabeth Lillard, 2013 – 2014
elizabeth.lillard@gmail.com

Amanda Sweetman, 2012 – 2013
acsweetman@gmail.com

Cassie Bradley, 2011 – 2012
cassiebradley@gmail.com

Julie Hinderer, 2010 – 2011
midajl@gmail.com

Anjali Patel, 2009 – 2010
abweuno@gmail.com

International Joint Commission — Sea Grant Fellowship

Michael Mezzacapo, 2017 – 2018
mezzacapom@windsor.ijc.org

Allison Voglesong, 2016 – 2017
allisonvoglesong@gmail.com

Ankita Mandelia, 2015 – 2016
ajmandelia@gmail.com

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

Liz Durfee, 2011 – 2013
Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program
elizabeth.durfee@gmail.com

Zach Hecht-Leavitt, 2011 – 2013
New York Coastal Management Program
zhechtle@gmail.com

Kirsten Howard, 2013 – 2015
New Hampshire Coastal Program
kirstenbhoward@gmail.com

Maggie Wenger, 2012 – 2014
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
magpie.wenger@gmail.com

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Katie Pritchard, 2019-2020
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
kpritc@umich.edu

Jillian Mayer, 2019-2020
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 
jbmayer@umich.edu

Kathryn Frens, 2019-2020
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
kathryn.frens@gmail.com

Lisa Peterson, 2018 – 2019
Electronic Technologies Coordinator
National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology
peter710@msu.edu

Janet Hsiao, 2018 – 2019
Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020
NOAA Climate Program Office
jnt.hsiao@gmail.com

Ellen Spooner, 2016 – 2017
Ocean Science Educator/Communications Specialist
NOAA Fisheries Communications Office
ellspoon@umich.edu

Trevor Meckley, 2016 – 2017
Hypoxia Coordination and Transition Fellow
NOAA Ocean Service National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
tdmeckley@gmail.com

Patrick Donovan, 2016 – 2017
Legislative Fellow
U.S. Senator Gary C. Peters – Michigan
pmdon@umich.edu

Clarence Fullard, 2014 – 2015
Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist
Office of Management and Budget, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Fulla1cd@cmich.edu

Dave Gershman, 2013 – 2014
Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
gershman@umich.edu

Colin Hume, 2011 – 2012
Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
colhume@gmail.com

Rachel Jacobson, 2015 – 2016
Office of Program Planning and Integration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
rachel.ilyse.jacobson@gmail.com

Ayman Mabrouk, 2015 – 2016
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
mabrouka@anr.msu.edu

Eric MacMillan, 2012 – 2013
Office of Habitat Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
emacmill@gmail.com

Kyle Molton, 2012 – 2013
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME)
kyle.molton@gmail.com

Joe Nohner, 2009 – 2010
Office of Science and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
jnohner@gmail.com

Linda Novitski, 2015 – 2016
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
lindanovitski@gmail.com

Maggie Rabb, 2009 – 2010
Marine Conservation International Affairs Office, U.S. Department of State
maggie.rabb@gmail.com

Ali Stevens, 2015 – 2016
Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
aliwstev@umich.edu

Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe, 2014 – 2015
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
czuccarino@hotmail.com