Recorded May 11, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT
- Maureen Ferry, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Maureen Ferry is the statewide aquatic invasive species monitoring coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She provides guidance to lake, stream, and wetland biologists as well as the citizen-based monitoring programs. She studied zebra mussel habitat selection, growth, and mortality during her M.S. research with the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Previously Maureen chaired a cooperative invasive species management area and conducted rare plant surveys for the Forest Service and other land managers.
- Tom Alwin, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Tom is an aquatic biologist in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program. His work focuses on prevention and early detection of aquatic invasive species in Michigan’s surface waters through outreach, education, and monitoring.
- Kelly Pennington, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Kelly Pennington joined the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Invasive Species Program in 2014 as the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Consultant, coordinating the state’s work to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into and around Minnesota. Previously, she spent four years working on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in Washington, D.C. There, she worked on issues including the oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, fisheries management, federal agency budgets, weather satellites, and impacts of climate change on the oceans. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.