NALMS Board of Directors
Ellen Kujawa (Region 1 – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Ellen Kujawa is a limnologist at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, where she helps facilitate water resources research and implementation projects in the Lake Champlain watershed portions of Vermont, New York, and Quebec. She holds an M.S. in conservation biology and sustainable development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College. Her past experience includes paleoecology and invasive species research, statistical analysis and climate change modelling, and fieldwork in lakes, prairies, and forests. Most recently, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, studying long term aquatic plant population dynamics, determining invasive species management efficacy, and helping to develop statewide lake management guidelines. Ellen has been a NALMS member since 2017 and looks forward to helping to plan NALMS 2019 in Burlington, Vermont.
Chris Doyle (Region 2 – NJ, NY, PR)
Chris graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Natural Resource Management. He has 25 years of experience as an aquatic biologist including 13 years of experience as a lake manager. Currently the Director of Biology at SOLitude Lake Management, he oversees field biologists conducting water quality and biological assessments in the Northeast. He has attended and presented at numerous lake management conferences since 2005, including NALMS, NYSFOLA, NJCOLA, NEAPMS and NJISST. He became a Certified Lake Manager in 2008. He is a Past President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and currently is the Editor.
Lisa Borre (Region 3 – DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
Lisa Borre has worked on lake conservation and management for more than 25 years. She is currently a Senior Research Specialist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She was coordinator of the Lake Champlain Basin Program from 1990 to 1997 and co-founded LakeNet, a world lakes network that was active from 1998 to 2008. She is now an active member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and an associate investigator with the SAFER Project: Sensing the Americas’ Freshwater Ecosystem Risk from Climate Change. As a contributor to National Geographic’s Water Currents blog, Lisa writes about global lake topics. Lisa has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.E.S. from Yale University.
Erich Marzolf (Region 4 – AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Erich Marzolf is the Director of the Division of Water and Land Resources with St. Johns River Water Management District in northeast Florida. He manages data collection and restoration activities on lakes, rivers, wetlands, springs and estuaries and the 730,000 acres of land owned by the District. Erich has Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California Davis where he studied subalpine lake ecology. Erich was a post-doctoral scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he studied stream metabolism and nutrient cycling. Erich served on the Board of the Florida Lake Management Society for eight years.
Eugene Braig (Region 5 – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
Eugene Braig — MS fisheries management — is Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director with Ohio State University (OSU) Extension and past Assistant Director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and OSU’s Lake Erie-based biological field station, F.T. Stone Laboratory. He is a past president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Ohio Lake Management Society (OLMS) and continues to serve the governing boards of those organizations, the Water Management Association of Ohio, and several others. He also represents Ohio on the Mississippi River Basin Panel of the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and previously served on the International Joint Commission’s Council of Great Lakes Research Managers and grant-making committee of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.
Victoria Chraibi (Region 6 – AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, Mexico and beyond)
Victoria Chraibi, PhD is an assistant professor of biological sciences at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She teaches courses in limnology, aquatic ecology, phycology, and marine biology. She received an M.S. in water resources science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on paleolimnology, using diatom microfossils and other biological and geochemical proxies to reconstruct environmental conditions in a watershed over time. Past research has focused on Lake Memphrémagog, Lake Superior, and lakes in Yellowstone National Park; current research focuses on Texas streams and reservoirs. Victoria also specializes in science education and outreach; she has collaborated with aquariums, zoos, museums, state parks, and school organizations to develop and disseminate materials and lead activities about water resources and other scientific topics. She has been a member of NALMS since 2011.
Michelle Balmer (Region 7 – IA, KS, MO, NE)
Michelle Balmer is a limnologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where she works to help administer the State’s Lake Restoration Program. The Lake Restoration Program was created in 2006 and works to improve water quality and recreational opportunities at publicly-owned lakes around Iowa and currently has about 20 active restoration projects. Michelle started at the DNR in 2012 and coordinated the state’s lake monitoring program before joining the Lake Restoration team in 2015. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology as well as a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both from Iowa State University.
Steve Lundt (Region 8 – CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Steve Lundt’s love for the outdoors and applied science led him to a B.S. degree from Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) and an M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University. After acquiring the two-year degree in 1999 and becoming a member of NALMS, Steve traveled back to Oregon and worked on Oswego Lake for three years. While working for the Lake Oswego Corporation, Steve became a Certified Lake Manager and learned how to work for a board of directors. Then in 2002, Steve moved to Denver, Colorado to be a Water Quality Scientist for Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. For the past 15 years, Steve has been a member of CLRMA, chaired the NALMS Lakes Appreciation Month Committee, and has looked after Barr Lake.
Ellen Preece (Region 9 – AZ, CA, HI, NV)
Ellen Preece, PhD, is a limnologist with Robertson-Bryan, Inc. in Elk Grove, California. Ellen’s research is focused on cyanobacterial harmful algae blooms (CyanoHABs) and the accumulation of associated toxins in seafood that humans consume. For the past six years she has conducted research on the transfer of cyanotoxins from inland lakes to nearshore marine areas. Ellen was actively involved in the NALMS affiliate group WALPA for five years where she served as secretary and President and is now a CALMS director. Ellen possesses a BS in Resource Economics from University of New Hampshire and her MS and PhD in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University.
Mark Rosenkranz (Region 10 – AK, ID, OR, WA)
Mark Rosenkranz has been working on lakes in Oregon for over 20 years, first as a graduate student at Portland State University where he received a Masters in Environmental Management followed by 16 years as staff scientist for the Lake Oswego Corporation (LOC). His work at LOC is focused on invasive species management, watershed monitoring, and phosphorus control in an urban lake. As climate change intensifies storm events and leads to warmer summer weather it is going to be crucial to plan for how surface water quality will be impacted. Mark has been a member of NALMS since 2002 and served as President of Oregon Lakes Association in 2004 and 2005.
Kris Hadley (Region 11 – Canada – NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC)
Dr. Kristopher Hadley is currently an Aquatic Scientist with Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., having joined the company as a NSERC Industrial Research and Development Fellow in October of 2013 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Kris is a knowledgeable scientist whose research and consulting experience since 2001 has been focused on the Canadian Arctic, Alberta, and Ontario. Kris has a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology from Queen’s University.
Colleen Prather (Region 12 – Canada – AB, BC, MB, NU, NT, SK, YT)
Colleen Prather, Ph.D., P.Biol., is a water quality specialist with over 18 years of experience, and is currently with Golder Associates Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta. Colleen’s work focuses on lake and stream water quality monitoring and environmental impact assessment to support environmental permitting and licencing for mining operations in the three northern territories of Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), and monitoring and assessment to support permitting and compliance reporting for various industries in British Columbia and Alberta. Colleen’s most recent involvement with NALMS was as the technical program co-chair for the 2016 conference held in Banff, Alberta./span>
John Holz (At-Large Director)
Dr. Holz has over 25 years of experience in limnology/water quality management and research. While earning his Ph.D., and then as a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Holz’s research advanced our understanding of unique water resource issues and developed improved management tools for lakes, streams, and watersheds, including assessing the response of water bodies to pollutants and the effectiveness of restoration techniques. Specific areas of expertise include lake restoration and management, watershed management, biological indicators of water quality, phytoplankton ecology, lake sediment chemistry, nutrient inactivation (alum), nutrient criteria development, water quality monitoring, water quality modeling and internal phosphorus loading. Dr. Holz was recognized for these advancements by NALMS when he received their Technical Excellence Award in recognition for Outstanding Research in Lake Restoration, Protection and Management as a faculty member and their Best Student Poster Award as a graduate student. He is a long-time NALMS member, previously served as the Region 7 representative on the NALMS Board of Directors and is an annual co-instructor of the NALMS Phosphorus Inactivation and Interception Workshop.
Sarah Burnet (Student Director)
Sarah Burnet is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Idaho, where she completed a MS in the spring of 2016. She received a BS from Western Washington University. Her Ph.D. research is focused on internal loading of phosphorus to reservoirs. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationships between sediment type, particle size, the availability of iron, and dissolved oxygen in the release of P. This builds on her MS research which focused on measuring the seasonal internal phosphorus load as part of a mass balance for Willow Creek Reservoir in Oregon. Sarah’s previous work experience includes sampling and analysis on all five Great Lakes with Cornell University as well as collecting data and samples after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Sarah has been a member of NALMS since 2014 and a member of the Board since 2016.