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New University Institute Taps Sea Grant Researchers

The interim director and seven of the 15 people appointed to guide the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) have conducted research for Minnesota Sea Grant. IonE is a program formed in 2006 on the Twin Cities Campus to tackle environmental challenges by bringing together experts from wide-ranging academic disciplines and programs, including Sea Grant. The institute hopes that new discoveries will result from making it easier for researchers to share knowledge with each other and the public.

Interim Director

Deborah Swackhamer,
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Tie: current Sea Grant researcher

Founding Fellows

Anne Kapuscinski
Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Tie: Sea Grant staff member (fisheries and biotechnology extension educator)
Lucinda Johnson
Senior Research Assoc., Natural Resources Research Institute
Tie: current Sea Grant researcher
Paige Novak
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Tie: Sea Grant researcher 2003-2005
Susan Galatowitsch
Professor, Department of Horticulture Science
Tie: Sea Grant researcher 1999-2000

Christopher Paola
Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
Tie: Collaborator with Sea Grant researcher Gary Parker 1998-2001
Sagar Goyal
Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
Tie: Sea Grant researcher 1984-86
David Tilman
Regents Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Tie: Sea Grant researcher 1980-82

For more information on the IonE and a full list of the founding fellows, see: www.academic.umn.edu/provost/interdisc/environment/.

By Sea Grant Staff
May 2007

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