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Program Staff

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Jen Read
  • Program Director

Jen Read, who directs the U-M Water Center, implemented the Integrated Assessment program, including introducing the idea to the research community, while working for Michigan Sea Grant. Jen is also experienced leading interdisciplinary teams informed by multi-sector advisory groups to address challenging water-related issues. Jen serves as the Science Collaborative's principal investigator, provides overall program leadership, and manages the day-to-day activities of the Science Collaborative program.

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Maeghan Brass
  • Project Manager

Maeghan Brass coordinates the Science Collaborative's regular request for proposal process and serves as a project manager for research and science transfer projects. She is highly experienced engaging multi-disciplinary, multi-sector teams to develop and implement end user-driven water research projects. 

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Christie Heyer
  • Research Area Specialist Associate

Christie joined the UM Water Center in 2019 to support the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERRS) Science Collaborative. She helps coordinate collaborative, user-driven research, communicate findings and share insights with coastal managers. Christie brings a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on communications and project management. Prior to joining the Graham Sustainability Institute, Christie worked as an organizer to grow support for a climate ballot initiative in Washington state and with an environmental and global issues curriculum developer to bring sustainability topics into mainstream K-12 classrooms. She earned her MA in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. 

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Nick Soberal
  • Science Writer

Nick Soberal is Science Writer for the NERRS Science Collaborative. Nick leads the development of products that integrate across projects, writes news articles and fact sheets, and runs the program’s Collaborative Science for Estuaries webinar series

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Lynn Vaccaro
  • Project Manager

Lynn Vaccaro helps develop calls for proposals, and supports research, integrated assessment, and science transfer projects. Her experience as an inter-and-multi-disciplinary project facilitator is invaluable to the program and the teams she supports.

Leveraging insights from an extended team

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Tina Anderson Smith
  • Extended Team Member

Tina has 25 years’ experience in complex system change evaluation, strategy, program design, and facilitation, as both a consultant and a practitioner. She specializes in “realist” and developmental evaluation approaches, as well as systems thinking and adaptive learning.

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James Arnott
  • Extended Team Member

James studies how the design of competitive funding programs influences whether/how research project results will be used. He is the Associate Director of the Aspen Global Change Institute, where he oversees the planning of AGCI's interdisciplinary workshops and conducts both independent and collaborative research on regional climate change planning, community forestry, and energy policy and technology.

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John Bratton
  • Extended Team Member

John F. Bratton, PHD, PG, is a Senior Scientist at LimnoTech with broad expertise in earth and environmental sciences, including successful leadership of projects involving large ecosystem restoration with a nutrient reduction focus, remedial investigation/remedial design for contaminated sediment sites, data management and numerical modeling, and litigation support. He previously served as Acting Director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and research vessel fleet, and as a research group leader with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Maria Carmen Lemos
  • Extended Team Member

Maria Carmen Lemos, a political scientist, focuses on qualitative and quantitative understanding of the processes of producing and using science with the goal of increasing the usability of scientific knowledge in decision-making. She is working with the NERRS network on enhancing the generation of usable information. Learn more

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Susi Moser
  • Extended Team Member

Susi Moser is a geographer by training and an expert on adaptation, science-policy interactions, decision support, and communication in the area of climate change with emphasis on practical, collaborative, solutions-oriented work. She is working with the NERRS network in both framing and measuring successful adaptation to climate change for the Successful Adaptation Indicators and Metrics project (SAIM). Learn more

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Dwayne Porter
  • Extended Team Member

Dwayne Porter directs the activities of the NERRS Centralized Data Management Office (CDMO), located in Georgetown, SC. His research interests include exploring and expanding the increasingly important roles that technology and technological innovations play in monitoring, assessing, modeling and managing our coastal environmental resources and associated environmental and public health issues. Learn more

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Dwight Trueblood
  • NOAA Program Manager

Dwight Trueblood is the NOAA Program Manager for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative. Dwight has worked with the reserve program for over 20 years and over the last 14 years has focused on managing technology development and applied science programs that link science to decision-making in the reserves.

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Julia Wondolleck
  • Extended Team Member

Julia Wondolleck has nearly 25 years’ experience in understanding and training related to collaborative approaches for managing complex natural resource planning processes. She is adding to the collaborative training aspects of the Science Collaborative program. Learn more