IISG’s aquatic invasive species (AIS) team is back up to full speed. Sarah Zack is the program’s new AIS specialist and Danielle Hilbrich is the new AIS assistant. Both will assist Pat Charlebois, the program’s AIS coordinator, located at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, Illinois.
Sarah will be responsible for outreach to recreational water users, including promoting the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker Campaign as part of a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant. With funding from National Sea Grant, Sarah will be responsible for researching and developing AIS best management practices for tournament anglers.
Sarah comes to IISG from Loyola University Chicago where she was a biology instructor. Prior to that she worked as a wildlife biologist for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where, among other things, she was integral in the chronic wasting disease program for the state. Sarah has a B.S. in zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in biology with an emphasis on aquatic ecology from Loyola.
Danielle will be working on all aspects of AIS outreach, including helping out on the GLRI project and developing AIS risk assessment tools for the Great Lakes. Previously, Danielle was a research fellow for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and was appointed to the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office. There, she contributed to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, worked on the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences and with the associated Great Lakes Indicators, and spent time on the U.S. EPA research vessel, the Lake Guardian. Danielle has a B.A. in environmental science and geography from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.