Becca Nash is the Associate Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. She has been with the Center since 2012 and oversees operations, manages budgets, directs communications, and serves as a liaison to the public.  

Previously, she was a project manager for the Trust for Public Land and coordinated research studies at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Becca holds a degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota and tries her hand at fly-fishing in her free time.


Eleanor Burkett, a Water Resource Extension Educator, has been providing educational programs about native plants and water quality for the past 16 years. Currently she is partnering with MAISRC to launch a new statewide AIS Detector Program. The program will focus on identifying aquatic invasive species including plants, fish and invertebrates, that are found in Minnesota and look a-like species that are non invasive. Through this program Eleanor is building a citizen scientist network for lake association leaders, natural resource professionals and others to identify and report suspected AIS. She has provided Extension programs in the areas of shoreland, watershed and stormwater education with expertise in native and invasive plants. She holds a MEd in Environmental Education (University of Minnesota, Duluth), BS in Agriculture (North Dakota State University) and AAS in Horticulture (University of Minnesota, Crookston). Click here for more information about the AIS Detectors program.


Megan Weber is an Aquatic Invasive Species Extension Educator and is currently working with MAISRC to develop a new citizen-science AIS Tracker program.  The AIS Trackers program will monitor changes in AIS populations, especially in response to control efforts in order to assess population response and generate data for adaptive management.  Previously, Megan worked for Marrone Bio Innovations as the product development manager for Zequanox, a biopesticide used in invasive mussel control, and at the Santa Clara Valley Water District working on rapid response planning and invasive mussel monitoring.  She holds an MSc in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and a BS in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Click here for more information about the AIS Trackers program


Christine Lee is the Executive Office and Communications Specialist for the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota and previously worked in nonprofit organizations. She specializes in electronic communications, web design, social media, and graphic design.