Visiting Great Lakes Outreach Associate
Allison works on projects that improve understanding of the Great Lakes and communicate issues threatening the health of our freshwater ecosystems. Alongside IISG’s Sarah Zack, she conducts outreach activities to raise awareness of pollution ending up in our waterways—including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, microplastics, and other emerging contaminants of concern. Allison serves as the point person for IISG’s Lawn to Lake program, informing communities about natural lawn care practices to cutback nutrient and chemical pollution and conserve water.
She also works closely with Kristin TePas, community outreach specialist, to manage Great Lakes literacy projects that connect educators and students across the basin with Great Lakes science and develop resources that share research and monitoring efforts conducted onboard U.S. EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian with regional stakeholders.
Allison holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one in geography and geographic information sciences and a second in earth, society, and the environment.