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Photo: Pictured from left to right: Tom Beery, Christyn Buchholz

Tom Beery, Resiliency Specialist
Beery became part of Minnesota Sea Grant's crew of extension educators in May 2017. He is collaborating with Minnesota's coastal communities, organizations and resource managers to help people, business and governments become resilient and
adaptable in a changing environment. Before returning to the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he earned a master's degree in environmental education and a doctorate in education, teaching and learning, Beery was an assistant professor at Kristianstad University in Sweden.

Christyn Buchholz, Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
Buchholz joined the Minnesota Sea Grant team in August 2017 to assist the director, manage student employees and facilitate the activities of the program. Buchholz brings sales, event coordination and operations experience from nonprofit organizations and business. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communication and public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. One of her goals is to backpack 100 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail in one season.


Photo: Pictured from left to right: Dee Angradi, Cynthia Hagley, John A. Downing

Dee Angradi, Program Analyst
Angradi received a 2017 Outstanding Service Award from University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black for exemplifying the UMD core values of discovery, engagement and excellence. From creating maps, to designing spreadsheets and crunching data for reports, Angradi's skills are wide-ranging. The program's staff and partners value her quiet temperament, quick intellect and quirky humor.

Cynthia Hagley, Environmental Quality Extension Educator
Hagley is to be presented with the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Ramón Margalef Award in Victoria, British Columbia, in June 2018. She earned this distinction for excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. Her success at developing career-long relationships among scientists and educators, for impacting thousands of students, and for making environmental and aquatic data accessible to multiple audiences.

John A. Downing, Director
Downing is one of 15 coauthors to receive the John H. Martin Award for an article published in the journal Biogeochemistry in 1996. Their article, Regional nitrogen budgets and riverine N [nitrogen] & P [phosphorus] fluxes for the drainages to the North Atlantic Ocean: Natural and human influences, was the first to quantify the relationship between human activities and the amount of nitrogen entering coastal oceans. The award will be presented by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography in Victoria, British Columbia, in June 2018. The award honors high-impact papers at least 10 years old.

Photo: Pictured from left to right: Erin Schaeffer, Jillian Farkas

Erin Schaeffer, Sea Grant Scholar
Schaeffer, a graduate student in Conservation Sciences at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, received the 2017 Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies, Inc.-Minnesota Sea Grant scholarship of $1000. Schaeffer is studying the movement of Muskellunge in the St. Louis Estuary, a project funded by Minnesota Sea Grant. The scholarship honors Schaeffer's commitment to sharing project results, the potential impact of the outreach and the importance of the project.

Jillian Farkas, 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow
Minnesota Sea Grant is pleased to send Jillian Farkas to work in the office of Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Farkas was awarded a coveted Knauss Fellowship by the National Sea Grant Program while finishing a master's
degree from the University of South Dakota studying the effects of tile drains on wetland fish, amphibians and invertebrates. She is one of 12 Knauss fellows who will be working within the legislative branch of the United States government for a year beginning February 1, 2018.

Photo: St. Louis River Quest logo

River Quest turned 25!
Since its inception in 1993, the St. Louis River Quest has given more than 23,000 area sixth-grade students the opportunity to see a working harbor by boat and participate in educational stations. The experience helps students understand the impact human activities have on the environmental health and the economic vitality of the harbor. It illustrates that thoughtful partnerships between industry, government and the public can result in the safe, sustainable use of natural resources. River Quest relies on the support of nearly 300 local businesses, nonprofits and individuals, and on the generosity of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the program's lead sponsor, and on Minnesota Sea Grant. Find details about River Quest at www.seagrant.umn.edu/riverquest.

By Sea Grant Staff
January 2018

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