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Jo Latimore

Outreach Specialist
Office Location: 38 Natural Resources Building
Phone: 517-432-1491
Mailing Address: 480 Wilson Road
Room 13 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Twitter: @JoLatimore


I am an aquatic ecologist and Outreach Specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. I am particularly interested in public participation in assessment and management of Michigan's streams and lakes; science communication, outreach, and engagement; natural resources leadership development; and improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance.

As an Outreach Specialist, the majority of my work is focused on engaging with individuals and organizations to promote understanding and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems. Key partners in these efforts include Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations.

Education: I earned a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University (2005), a MS in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame (2000), and a BA in Biology from Albion College.

Professional progression: I came to Michigan State University as an Outreach Specialist in 2008. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, I was a Watershed Ecologist at the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a 2012 graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Emerging Leader Program. In 2011, I served in as President of the Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society, and was honored as an Emerging Engagement Scholar by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

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