Dr. Paul Seelbach, Professor of Practice, Conservation Ecology
Professor Seelbach's experiences bridge the academic study of aquatic ecosystems and its application within a range of resource management agencies. He has worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division as Research Scientist and Statewide Research Director; for the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, as Coastal Ecosystems Branch Chief; for the Great Lakes Commission as Senior Science Advisor; and currently serves the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Great Lakes, as Senior Fellow. He has helped with major initiatives regarding watershed assessment and management, ecological flows and water allocation policy, water resources monitoring, and coastal zone management.
Regarding science, Paul applies a landscape-ecology approach to understanding the structure and function of riverine and nearshore ecosystems. He is interested in system elements such as: spatial heterogeneity and context, scales and hierarchy, driving processes, and the human footprint. Regarding aquatic practice, Paul is interested in promoting effective knowledge transfer to management and governance decision processes and in nurturing development of professional and leadership skills.
SEAS students: Adam Arend, Kangyu Yu, Lingzi Liu, Nancy Ye, Kaitlin Vapenik
Adam Arend - Environmental Policy and Planning
Adam has experience creating interview guides and conducting individual interviews, using RStudio for quantitative research, and researching primary literature. He is excited to learn how to craft an effective survey and learn more about hydrology and the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed. Adam's experience will be valuable in interviewing stakeholders and crafting meaningful reports.
Kaitlin Vapenik - Environmental Informatics with Data Science Certificate
Kaitlin has experience performing, analyzing and writing literature reviews. She has used ArcGIS software for geospatial work and RStudio for statistics. She is excited to expand her hydrology knowledge and leverage her informatics experience.
Kangyu Yu - Landscape Architecture
Lingzi Liu - Landscape Architecture
Lingzi is experienced with stormwater management and green infrastructure. She has experience using Photoshop and Illustrator for design deliverables as well as ArcGIS for geodesign. Lingzi's experience with space making and ecological design solutions will be helpful to the Blue Communities team.