Graham Sustainability Institute

Lynn Vaccaro

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Coastal Ecosystem Specialist

Lynn joined the U-M Water Center in January of 2015 to work with the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative. Lynn helps develop calls for proposals and supports funded research, integrated assessment and science transfer projects that address the unique coastal management needs of the 29 reserves found around the country. She also work closely with research teams at U-M, providing project coordination and facilitating stakeholder engagement activities. Current projects focus on understanding Detroit River nutrient loads to Lake Erie and fish spawning habitat restoration in the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers.

Prior to joining the Water Center, Lynn worked for six years as a research specialist with Michigan Sea Grant, helping coordinate their research grants program and manage habitat restoration projects. She has also worked as a high school science teacher in western New York and as an educational specialist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Lynn earned her M.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University where she studied Great Lakes wetland plant communities.  She also holds an M.A.T. in Biology Education from Cornell and a B.S. in Geology- Biology from Brown University.  When not busy with her two young girls, she enjoys running, backpacking and skiing.