Katie O’Reilly

Katie O’Reilly

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist

University of Illinois

Katie O’Reilly

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist

While formally trained as an aquatic ecologist, Katie is also passionate about helping scientists become more effective communicators. She has co-authored peer-reviewed publications on challenges faced by scientists while doing public engagement and changing public perceptions of so-called “rough fish” species. Katie regularly uses Twitter to engage audiences about science through her handle @DrKatfish, including through the annual #25DaysofFishmas campaign she created in 2016 to highlight Great Lakes Fish Species. 

As an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist, Katie joins IISG’s efforts to provide groups with the knowledge and tools to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful non-native plants, animals, and pathogens in southern Lake Michigan and beyond. Some AIS programs and initiatives she works on include the Invasive Crayfish Collaborative, Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace, and Be a Hero – Transport Zero. 

 

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