Welcome Lynn & Steve!
This month two talented NERRds are taking up new roles in the Reserve System. Each are already veterans of the coastal sector and bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for collaboration to their work that is sure to enrich our coastal training program and research communities. Lynn and Steve—welcome!
New Hampshire’s Great Bay Reserve welcomes a new coastal training program coordinator, Lynn Vaccaro! Lynn comes to the Reserve from the team at the NERRS Science Collaborative, so many in our Reserve system already know her!
With training as an educator and a scientist, Lynn has extensive experience working with researchers, decision makers and local communities in the Great Lakes region, and she’s eager to put that work in New Hampshire.
“After admiring the work at Great Bay Reserve from afar for many years, I am so thrilled and humbled to be joining the team,” she says.
Lynn’s experience includes 12 years at Michigan Sea Grant and the University of Michigan Water Center, where she facilitated stakeholder driven research and restoration. As collaborative research manager for the NERRS Science Collaborative, she ran research competitions, facilitated sharing between projects, organized workshops and learning opportunities, led communication efforts and dove into all things collaborative and stakeholder-driven right alongside project teams from around the country. It’s exactly that passion and attitude that Lynn will bring to Great Bay’s coastal training program.
“I feel lucky to have the NERR network to rely on for guidance as I navigate this new role,” says Lynn.
Ohio’s Old Woman Creek Reserve is welcoming Dr. Steve McMurray to the position of research coordinator. Steve is no stranger to Lake Erie, its challenges or its opportunities. A native of northeast Ohio, he brings more than 12 years of experience in coastal ecology research to his new role.
“Having grown up on Lake Erie, I am excited to be in a position to build off previous research at Old Woman Creek Reserve to address a variety of local issues, like harmful algal blooms,” said Steve. “Moreover, I am looking forward to working collaboratively across the NERR System so that research at Old Woman Creek can contribute to national efforts to advance coastal management.”
Steve earned a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Hiram College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He served as a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the National Sea Grant Office, and more recently has held teaching and research faculty appointments at Kutztown University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, respectively.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on or under the water.