Christine Crissman has been named the new Executive Director of the Watershed Center.  She begins November 13.

“The Board and staff are looking forward to Christine’s arrival,” said Dick Thompson, Chair.  “She is well-qualified, known in the area and exhibits a strong commitment to the Watershed Center’s mission.”

Crissman most recently served as Director of Education and Conservation at the Grand Traverse Conservation District.  Prior to that, she served as Education Director and Chief Scientist at Inland Seas Education Association.

She replaces former Executive Director Andy Knott, who accepted a position with Sierra Club to work on climate change.

“I am honored to join the dedicated staff at the Watershed Center and be a part of working to protect and preserve the Grand Traverse Baywatershed,” Crissman said.  “Our freshwater resources are valuable to our economy, well being and way of life, and I am passionate about advocating for its protection.”

Crissman holds a Master of Science in Aquatic Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.  She earned her Bachelor of Science at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame.  She has served as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University and Northwestern Michigan College.

Crissman’s publications in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management include “A Comparison of Methods for Sampling Round Gobies in Littoral Rocky Areas” and “Consumption of Hatchery Trout by Walleye in Two Major Rivers in Michigan,” which is currently under review.  She served as Fisheries Technician for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department in 2001 and 2002.

Crissman won U of M’s Karl F. Lagler award for outstanding fisheries scholarship.  She also won the Janice Fenske Memorial Award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.


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