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Guest Writer: Christine Crissman of the Inland Seas Education Association


Featured Issue: Why Ask Why? by

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Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,


Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists, officials, physicians, parents, young people and others to offer insightful commentary on their Great Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also invite you to comment on their thoughts!


This week, the Town Hall is pleased to welcome Christine Crissman, Education Director and Chief Scientist at the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Christine's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!



ChristineCrissman160.jpgGuest Writer this week-- Christine Crissman

Christine Crissman is the Education Director and Chief Scientist at the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) in Suttons Bay, Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in environmental studies, with history and chemistry minors. Christine received her Master’s of Science degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment in Resource Ecology Management.

Christine’s love for aquatic science began at an early age when her family used to travel all over the state of Michigan helping her father complete his fisheries research. Her awareness of the great Lakes comes from many years of fishing and boating in those waters. Christine’s interest in Great Lake’s issues led her to several research positions. She worked with Drs. Reeve Bailey and Carl Latta at the Fisheries Research Institute in Ann Arbor sampling Michigan streams and identifying fishes for Bailey’s book An Atlas of Michigan Fishes. She conducted a research project studying the round goby during her time with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, which resulted in a publication in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management (A Comparison of Methods for Sampling Round Goby in Littoral Rocky Areas). Christine’s research for her Master’s degree involved studying the growth of walleye in the Muskegon River system. A paper based on this work will be published in an American Fisheries Society special publication.

While aquatic research is a passion, Christine also enjoys teaching. She was a grad student assistant and taught several lab courses while at the University of Michigan. After graduation, Christine became an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. During her time there she taught an introductory biology course to non-science majors.

Being Education Director at ISEA gives Christine the chance to perform research and to teach. The mission of ISEA is “Protecting the Great Lakes through Education.” The main way they accomplish this is through their Schoolship Programs, where students of all ages are given the chance to sail on a Great Lakes schooner and learn about the science and maritime history of the Great Lakes. The knowledge gained through these experiences will provide the leadership, understanding, and commitment needed for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes.


Read and Respond to Christine Crissman's essays in the Town Hall! 




Featured Issue this week - Why Ask Why?

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Gary delves into the Legacy Act's lack of forward movement, questioning why the legislation has not succeeded and why this is important.  In describing his view of why the Act has failed, Gary writes,

"The net result is that an opportunity for real progress to remediate a decades old environmental disaster and public health hazard was squandered, for no good reason."

Read Gary's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents! 



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Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - Why Ask Why? - and the stories and perspectives of Christine Crissman in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

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Brenna Wanous
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