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Larissa Sano is a Programs Officer with the Water Center, where she facilitates the Center’s mission of better integrating science into restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. One of her main areas of interest is addressing the cumulative impacts of stressors across large areas through watershed-based restoration initiatives. Larissa is currently leading a project in the Rouge River to evaluate the effects of dam removal on fish community composition, including the upstream migration of the round goby. She is also working on a project to assess the potential ecological impacts of microplastics in the Great Lakes, as well as helping co-teach ENVIRON 463, Stream Restoration.
Larissa earned her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan. For her dissertation research, she applied a risk tradeoff framework to evaluate the effectiveness and ecological risks of using a biocide to treat the ballast water of ocean-going vessels entering the Great Lakes. Larissa has also conducted research on fish consumption advisories in the Detroit River and on the ecological effects of hypoxia in the central basin of Lake Erie. Larissa is an occasional lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches Ecology and Limnology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time exploring Michigan with her husband and children.