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policy, program development, capacity building, outreach, education and the management of natural resources.  Since joining EPA in 1997, Kathleen has worked within the Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities and the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds to advance local, state, tribal, national and international level efforts.  She holds degrees both in Zoology (Aquatic Ecology) and Natural Resource Management (Environmental Science/Ethics) from her home state's The Ohio State University and is currently a charter class candidate of the Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management degree program. Kathleen served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Central America. She is a certified open water diver and an accomplished photographer.

Ted LaGrange, an Iowa native, moved to Nebraska in 1993 to work as the Wetland Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  As Wetland Program Manager I work on a wide variety of wetland issues throughout the state including private land restoration programs, public lands management, resource advocacy and outreach.  Prior to moving to Nebraska, I worked for 8 years as a Waterfowl Research Technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Clear Lake.  Stationed in northern Iowa, I worked with the prairie pothole restoration program, especially evaluation of plant and waterfowl response to wetland restoration.    I received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from Iowa State University.  During my college years I spent summers working on refuges in Oregon and New York for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, working on a muskrat ecology study on the Upper Mississippi River, and working on the Marsh Ecology Research Project for Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station in Manitoba.  My professional interests are in prairie wetlands and waterfowl/waterbird ecology.

Jennifer McCurdy is an environmental planner with experience in environmental and water resources planning.  Areas of specialization include preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, wetland and endangered species compliance, water resources planning, ground water hydrology and environmental education.  

Maryann McGraw is the Wetlands Program Coordinator and an Environmental Specialist with the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau. Maryann manages CWA Section 319(h) non-point source pollution projects and CWA Section 104(b)(3) wetlands projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. She works with watershed groups in New Mexico and is presently involved in the Costilla, Conejo, Upper Rio Grande, and Upper Rio Hondo watersheds, and in wetlands projects at Stewart Meadows, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, and in Galisteo Creek, Rio Grande and Cedro Creek watersheds. She has previously taught landscape restoration classes at Santa Fe Community College. Maryann holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Mike Merigliano is a plant ecologist that is especially interested in how plants respond to disturbance and their environment. He is with the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, and has conducted research throughout the west. His education includes a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho and PhD from the University of Montana. His work experience also includes forestry with the Idaho Department of Lands and the US Forest Service, and among a myriad array of jobs, was also a professional ski instructor.

David Merritt is a riparian plant ecologist with the National Watershed, Fish and Wildlife Program of the US Forest Service and is a scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.  Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1999, David has conducted experimental research on rivers throughout western North America and in northern Europe.  The main focus of his work is to understand the role of river flow regime in structuring plant communities and maintaining diversity in riparian areas, to characterize the influences of dams and diversions on riparian vegetation, and to understand the mechanisms associated with the invasion of riparian areas by non-native plant species.  David’s work is published internationally in such journals as Ecology, Ecological Applications,

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