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Staff Updates

Left to Right: Doug Jensen, Sharon Moen, Dale Bergeron

Left to Right: Doug Jensen, Sharon Moen, Dale Bergeron

Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, was appointed to serve as an ex officio member of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Stakeholder Group.

Sharon Moen, Communications Coordinator, will chair the National Sea Grant communicators starting in 2013. She will serve a one-year term.

Dale Bergeron, Maritime Extension Educator, was appointed to the Hwy H2O Advisory Board. Hwy H2O is a binational initiative of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada with its U.S. counterpart, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (DOT). Hwy H2O strives to optimize the intelligent use of the Seaway to support responsible national and international commerce. Bergeron attended the annual Hwy H2O Conference, Nov. 13-15, in Toronto.

New Staff

Left to Right: Brent Schleck, Hilarie Sorensen, Cristina Villella

Left to Right: Brent Schleck, Hilarie Sorensen, Cristina Villella

Brent Schleck, Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator, joined Minnesota Sea Grant in October. From his position at the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen, Minn., Schleck works with Great Lakes coastal communities and user groups to ensure that weather and water forecasts, stormwater impacts and mitigation practices are accessible and applicable. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Storms Program and its Coastal Services Center are funding this position. Schleck said, "I'm happy to be in here getting inundated ... inundated in a good way ... with information and projects involving ice modeling, lake levels and beach hazards."

Hilarie Sorensen became the new Climate Change Extension Educator for the Minnesota Sea Grant Program in early January. Based out of the program's main office on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Sorensen will work with Lake Superior coastal communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin to nurture a greater public understanding of climate change and encourage rational science-based responses to changing conditions. "I'm excited to be a liaison among community members, researchers, and regional and federal decision-makers," said Sorensen. Sorensen's position is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Cristina Villella, Minn. Green Corps member, joined the Minnesota Sea Grant staff in Duluth for a one-year stint to work on stormwater education in the Duluth-Superior area with the Regional Stormwater Protection Team. Her position was made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Americorps Program.


By Sea Grant Staff
January 2013

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