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Staff Update

Jeff Gunderson

Jeff Gunderson was named Director of the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program after serving as Interim Director since May and as Associate Director since 1995. He has been with Minnesota Sea Grant as fisheries and aquaculture extension educator for 30 years.

Nancy Hoene

Nancy Hoene joined the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program as Communications Coordinator and Senior Editor on November 2. Hoene is a published author and also spent 12 years as a freelance journalist in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kelly Pennington

Kelly Pennington is Minnesota Sea Grant's 2010 Knauss Fellow. She will work with the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C. Kelly earned a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota studying the potential consequences of farmed fish (genetically engineered for faster growth) escaping and breeding with wild fish.

Kendra Richards

Kendra Richards, our Communications Intern, is graduating soon and will be leaving us. Kendra has been our radio producer for the Catching Up With Aquatic Science series and The Sea Grant Files last year, having worked with KUMD Studios for the past year and a half. She also worked with production of The Morning Show on KUMD. Kendra graduates with honors with a bachelors degree in English (minors in Journalism and Psychology). We wish her the brightest future.

Hannah Fossum, another Minnesota Sea Grant intern is graduating with a B.A. in Sociology. She will intern at the Red Cross this spring and then take a year off before attending graduate school in the fall of 2011. We wish Hannah the best of luck.

By Sea Grant Staff
December 2009

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