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Dale Bergeron, Valerie Brady, Nick Zlonis, and Judy Zomerfelt.

Left to right and top to bottom: Dale Bergeron, Valerie Brady, Nick Zlonis, Judy Zomerfelt

Dale Bergeron has been hired as a maritime extension educator. Previously, he worked as a strategic planning consultant for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and for UMD as development director for the medical school. He also has experience in the private sector. As maritime extension educator, Bergeron holds a joint position with the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute and Minnesota Sea Grant. He will work with the maritime industry, policy makers, natural resource professionals, the Great Lakes Sea Grant community, and Great Lakes researchers to increase cooperation among organizations, improve environmental management, and apply university research results to help solve problems and improve efficiencies.

Valerie Brady has been hired as a part-time research coordinator. Her expertise is aquatic ecology, specializing in wetland ecology and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Her recent work has focused on the way human land use affects the Great Lakes coastal area, including wave-swept coasts and coastal wetlands and streams. Brady has a PhD in zoology/wetland ecology and invasive species from Michigan State University. When she’s not at Sea Grant, she works for UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute as a research associate and coordinator for the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project.

Nick Zlonis, communication designer, was elected chair of the National Sea Grant Web Developer’s Group.

Judy Zomerfelt, executive administrative specialist, earned an outstanding service award from the University of Minnesota Duluth. The award is designed to recognize employees who have consistently performed their responsibilities in a superior manner and have enhanced the objectives of their departments.


By Sea Grant Staff
April 2006

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