The Research Coordinator conducts and fosters high quality applied estuarine and coastal system research focused on the St. Louis River estuary and western Lake Superior watersheds. High quality research in this context includes the effects of environmental change on human and community resilience as well as ecosystem health. The position works independently, with co-workers, and with external investigators to acquire data and information required for completion of studies and programs of interest to the Reserve, the NERR System, and to regional communities.
The primary roles of the position include five principal work areas:
1. Direct, develop, and implement the Reserve's Research program
2. Educate, mentor, and supervise undergraduate and graduate students
3. Facilitate communication and collaboration among diverse local and regional coastal and estuarine scientists, natural and cultural resource managers, and decision makers
4. Participate in Research Coordinator national activities and initiatives
5. Integrate the Research Program with other Lake Superior Reserve programs
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is one in a network of 29 sites around the United States and its territories that comprise the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Reserve is the only one located in Wisconsin, the second in the Great Lakes and the only one within the Lake Superior Biogeographical Region. The Lake Superior Reserve was designated through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is administered through a partnership between NOAA and the Division of Extension, in collaboration with other local, state, and regional entities. The Reserve is a place-based research and education program with a special focus on the watershed of the St Louis River, the estuary, and Lake Superior's coastal system. To find out more, visit https://lakesuperiorreserve.org and https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/. The Research Reserves conduct research, education, outreach, and stewardship activities that improve the understanding of coastal systems and practice of coastal management.
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