Prior to her new role with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gail worked as a Natural Resource Educator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension for nine years servicing the Milwaukee River Basin. Her expertise in water resource management, wetlands, citizen engagement, citizen science, and community engagement and education provide a perfect foundation for the Reserve’s Coastal Training Program.
In her previous work, Gail facilitated watershed restoration and strategic planning efforts and was the key contact for communication with local decision-makers. Gail fostered development of a uniquely integrated and diverse network of professionals and citizens working on a watershed restoration plan. She coordinated the Wisconsin Ephemeral Pond Project, a citizen-based monitoring program, organizing and leading the recruitment and training of over 200 citizen volunteers and more than a dozen local partners in six counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin in its first 3 years. This volunteer-based project trained citizens to identify, inventory, and monitor the ecology of ephemeral ponds and led Gail to coordinate the effort to create “Eyes on the Water”, a web-based Guide for Building an Ephemeral Pond Citizen Monitoring Program.
A cornerstone of Gail’s work has always been a keen desire to connect with stakeholders through networking and consistent communication. She brings a strong background of Great Lakes issues and Wisconsin’s Areas of Concern Program on a statewide level. Gail served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Cedarburg Bog, the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education. She enjoys developing programs designed to inspire and engage citizens in natural resources issues that matter to them.
Formerly the Director at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, she is looking forward to exploring the vast natural resources of the greater Superior/Duluth region. Gail also enjoys gardening from seed to table and visiting places rich in water and wildlife! Gail, along with her husband Pete and dog McPhee, will likely be seen exploring wetlands and “surfing” in Lake Superior.