April 2015 Letter from the Director
As you know, the faculty and researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) are diligently focused on finding solutions to Minnesota’s most pressing AIS issues, from invasive carp to zebra mussels. However, conducting the research doesn’t always leave ample time to relay research findings and control options to the public. In order to help address this pressing need for communicating scientific information to the public while maintaining our focus on research, we are excited to announce that the Center has hired Danielle Quist as the new Aquatic Invasive Species Extension Educator with MAISRC!
Going forward, Danielle will play an integral role in the dissemination of science-based information about AIS research, biology, and control options—topics that are not systematically being addressed through other statewide programs. She will also be taking a lead on the development and training around the new AIS control database, which is being designed to generate valuable information from control efforts around the state.
This new position will help us leverage capacity throughout the state by working with existing University Extension personnel to expand programming and by coordinating closely with Sea Grant and the Minnesota DNR. Danielle will be closely connected to the Center and our current research projects, and will be well-equipped to speak to lake associations and other groups interested in learning about the status of AIS in Minnesota, current MAISRC research projects, and scientifically based control options for AIS.
Danielle earned her master’s degree in biology from the University of South Dakota, where she focused on large river ecosystem ecology, and her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Winona State University. She has over six years of scientific research and monitoring experience, including sampling for aquatic invasive species in the Mississippi and Missouri River floodplains.
She also has over four years of teaching, interpreting, and outreach experience and has developed educational programs for a variety of audiences, most recently as a park ranger with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, where she educated the public about invasive species.
Currently, Danielle is gathering input from stakeholders and putting together a comprehensive program plan for her AIS work in Minnesota. With ice-out will come an increased need to connect with counties, lakeshore associations, and others who experience both the benefits of our resources and the impacts brought on by AIS.
Please join me in welcoming Danielle to the Center.
Dr. Susan Galatowitsch
Director, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center