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Mike Cousino

Mike Cousino is Minnesota Sea Grant's new graphic designer. He is responsible for creating project Web sites and helping design and maintain Minnesota Sea Grant's Web site, designing publications, and providing computer technology support for Sea Grant's outreach program.

Mike previously worked at Granite Gear, a nationally- and internationally-known outdoor gear company based in Two Harbors, MN, where he was their graphic designer and art director. Before that, Mike had his own freelance design business where he served local, national, and international clients and won several design awards.

He replaces Scott Robertson, who left for design opportunities in New York City.

Carl Richards

Carl Richards, director, is cooperating on a grant with researchers at UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), who received $748,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to categorize the different types of ecosystems around the Great Lakes Basin by elements such as climate, soil, and vegetation for comparisons to similar ecosystems that have been impacted by human activity. The lead investigator is Jeff Schuldt with NRRI. Other researchers are Lucinda Johnson and George Host, NRRI; and Jan Ciborowski with the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Richards was also named chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network directors for 2002. In that capacity he will coordinate the directors' actions and serve as a liaison between Sea Grant and external groups.

Marie Zhuikov

Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, was named chair of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network communications group for 2002. This group represents communication specialists working in Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes. Zhuikov will serve as a liaison between communicators, other formal Sea Grant groups, and external groups.

Zhuikov is also serving as chair of the Sea Grant Messages Task Force, which is developing a national mission statement for Sea Grant.

By Sea Grant Staff
March 2002

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