MAISRC Staff

MAISRC Administration

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Cori Mattke is MAISRC's Associate Director. She most recently served as the Associate Director of a Twin Cities-based environmental nonprofit organization and has served on the board of the Minnesota Environmental Fund and the Listening Point Foundation. The bulk of Cori’s experience is in operations, grants administration, outreach, development, and budget management. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, with an emphasis in community engagement. At MAISRC, Cori is responsible for overseeing operations, our RFP and species prioritization process, grants administration and reporting, program development, and our communications and outreach initiatives. Outside of the office, Cori is an avid printmaker, knitter, and cook who enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors with her family and friends.

Meg Duhr Meg Duhr is MAISRC's Research Outreach Specialist where she works to translate research into action by serving as a bridge between MAISRC research and AIS managers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Since 2017, Meg served as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist for the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Eastern Washington where she coordinated invasive species control across eight Refuges and two military properties. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University.
Kristin Loobeek

Kristin Loobeek is MAISRC's Communications Specialist. Kristin joined MAISRC after serving the State of Minnesota for five and half years at two state agencies. She completed her undergraduate at Concordia University, St. Paul with a major in Communications Studies and minors in Environmental Science and Writing. Kristin is also a certified wildland firefighter and drone pilot. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active with friends, camping, spending time at the family cabin, and searching for the Twin Cities' best eggs Benedict. 

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Jay Maher is MAISRC's Lab Manager and a researcher in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.  


AIS Detectors Program

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Megan Weber is an Extension Educator at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension. Megan's work focuses on the development and delivery of AIS education, volunteer, and citizen science programs that work towards solutions to aquatic invasive species problems. A native Minnesotan, Megan studied marine biology in California and received her B.S. from University of California Santa Cruz and her M.S. in environmental studies from San Jose State University. Click here for more information about the AIS Detectors program.

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Pat Mulcahy is the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension. Pat's work includes developing and administering educational programs focused on aquatic invasive species and managing the volunteer experience for AIS Detectors. He holds an M.S. in Applied Marine and Watershed Science from California State University, Monterey Bay and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.