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Meet the Marquette Biological Station

The Marquette Biological Station shares responsibility with the Ludington Biological Station for sea lamprey control and assessment in the U.S. waters of the Great Lakes. Marquette Biological Station staff assess the presence, distribution, abundance and size structure of larval sea lampreys in Great Lakes tributaries and lentic area and control populations by applying federally registered lampricides to infested areas. Alternatives to lampricide control are also used to reduce populations including barriers that block the upstream spawning migration of adult sea lampreys. Adults are also trapped to assess population trends and to evaluate the success of control efforts. A risk management team assesses the potential effects of program activities on non-target organisms and develops conservation measures to minimize risk. The station supports research designed to advance new methods of controlling sea lampreys, such as the use of attractants and repellents, the environmental and physiological determination of sea lamprey sensitivity to lampricides, and studies to determine the origin of parasitic-phase sea lampreys. The station is supported through a dedicated group of administrative and database management personnel.

Kasia Mullett

Kasia Mullett

Kasia Mullett is the Field Supervisor for the Marquette and Ludington Biological Stations and leads the Service’s sea lamprey control operations in the Great Lakes. Mullett is from Michigan and worked her way through the ranks of the Service from seasonal technician to her current position over her 28-year career. Mullett earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Northern Michigan University and a M.S. degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. She and her husband Craig have three grown children (Mike, Billy, Kayce) and love to spend time camping, hiking, swimming and playing recreational soccer, volleyball and floor hockey. Mullett is a member of the Marquette Breakfast Rotary and leads the Interact Club of Marquette (high school equivalent of Rotary). She volunteers in her parish as Eucharistic Minister and children’s Liturgy Teacher.

 

 

      
 

 

Chad Andresen

Chad Andresen

Chad Andresen started out with the Sea Lamprey Control Program on the Adult Assessment Team in 2002. Andresen has worked with the Larval Assessment Team, Barriers, Pheromones, Control and most recently the Risk Management Unit. He is also a Defensive Driving Instructor for the station. Andresen enjoys fishing, hunting, ATVing, camping and just being in the great outdoors. Andresen is from Marquette, Michigan and graduated from Northern Michigan University. He is married with an 11-year-old son.

 

 

 

 

      
 

 

Jess Barber

Jess Barber

Jess Barber began her career with the Service during 1999 as a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) employee working at Marquette Biological Station with the Larval Assessment Unit. After successfully completing the Student Career Experience Program, she was hired at Marquette Biological Station as a fish biologist and worked in the Larval Assessment Unit until 2002 when she accepted a position in the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation office as a Lake Michigan fish assessment biologist. Although reading fish scales and otoliths to determine fish age was interesting work, Barber moved back to Marquette during 2004 to take a new position as a team supervisor for the Adult Assessment Unit. The Adult Assessment Unit was responsible for providing lakewide population estimates of sea lamprey adults, which was used to assess the success of the control program. As she became more comfortable working with adult sea lampreys, she was provided with the opportunity to also supervise the Barrier Program. She continued in that role until 2015 when she began her current role as the Unit Supervisor for the Alternative Control and Evaluation Unit. She also currently serves on the Lake Superior and Ontario technical committees, several Great Lakes Fishery Commission task forces and most recently began a new role on the FishLamp, which has taken on the monumental task of developing a model that relates adult sea lamprey abundance to lake trout abundance and lake trout wounding rates in each of the Laurentian Great Lakes. Barber is a Wisconsin native and completed both her undergraduate (1998) and master’s (2000) degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She spends much of her free time biking, camping and hiking with her husband Chris, sons Ethan and Lucas and yellow lab Sierra.  Of course, during football season everything is put on hold to cheer for the Green Bay Packers!

 

Jamie Criger

Jamie Criger

Jamie Criger started his career in 1991 as a seasonal employee and has since worked his way up to the position of Lead Physical Science Technician (or LT as his coworkers often refer to him).  His main field duties consist of setting up and the operation of large lampricide applications and leading spray boat operations on the St. Mary’s River and lentic areas off river mouths. Criger is a Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) instructor and also provides less formal training for newer employees on aspects of their daily field work. On his off-time he likes to fish the many lakes and streams throughout the Great Lakes region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Demeny

Tracy Demeny

Tracy Demeny serves as the Administrative Officer for the Sea Lamprey Control Program.  Demeny started her career with the Department of the Interior in 1996 at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, after earning a B.S degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Northern Michigan University and working in the healthcare industry. She has been with the Midwest Region since 1998 and her past experience with the Service included administrative positions at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery, Michigan, and the Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office, Wisconsin.  Demeny moved back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2005 to join the Sea Lamprey Control Program. When not working, she enjoys spending time fishing, gardening and camping with her husband and son.

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Frank

Bob Frank

Bob Frank joined the Service in 2016 working as a Larval Assessment - Supervisory Fish Biologist within the Sea Lamprey Control Program. Frank supervises a team of four permanent staff and nine seasonal technicians to deploy larval sea lamprey assessments in the Great Lakes.  He grew up in central Wisconsin, and his passion for the outdoors developed at a very young age with family traditions entrenched around hunting, fishing, trapping and dairy farming. Frank graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a B.S. degrees in Wildlife Management. He started his career as a wildlife technician in 2001 with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at George W. Mead Wildlife Area. He became a Tribal Wildlife Biologist for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians under the very first awarded Service Tribal Wildlife Grant in 2004.  He continued in that capacity until spring of 2011 when he became Natural Resources Manager for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. In 2014 Frank accepted a position in Alaska with Ketchikan Indian Community as Cultural Resources Program Director. Frank enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. He volunteers as a hunter’s safety instructor and is an active member in the local sportsman’s club.

 

 

Christopher Gagnon

Christopher Gagnon

Christopher Gagnon is a treatment supervisor with the Sea Lamprey Control Program, which he has been a part of for 14 years. During the field season, Gagnon plans and leads lampricide treatments in tributaries throughout the Great Lakes basin, killing larval Sea Lampreys in order to minimize mortality to important game fish species within the lakes, while minimizing risk to non-target aquatic organisms. Gagnon said the greatest asset to our program is our staff, who work tirelessly to keep sea lamprey numbers at their lowest levels possible. Besides Sea Lamprey Control, he also worked as a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, onboard a king crab fishing vessel, and received both his B.A. and M.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University, where he studied coaster brook trout as a graduate student. In his personal life, Christopher, his wife Rachael, and their daughter Krista enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible; camping, hiking, gardening, skiing, fishing, hunting and raising pets and chickens. They’ve come to love traveling as well, and are looking forward to our next trip to Iceland.

 

 

 

Jesse Haavisto

Jesse Haavisto

Jesse Haavisto works as a fish biologist on the Control Unit of Sea Lamprey Control Program.  Haavisto earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Michigan University in 2009 and 2014 respectively. He started working for the Service seasonally in 2008. Both at work and in his free time he enjoys many different outdoor activities. Additionally, as much of his time as possible is now being spent with his wife and new twin boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Henson

Mary Henson

Mary Henson is a Fish Biologist at the Marquette Biological Station and works in the Risk Assessment Unit. She has worked with the Sea Lamprey Control Program for over 24 years and has a B.S. degree in Biology, an M.S. degree in Biology and an M.A. degree in Non-Fiction Writing. Henson’s duties include federal reviews of non-target species, annual Sea Lamprey Control Program protocols to protect non-targets, toxicity testing and mortality reporting. She enjoys reading, gardening and walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Hrodey

Pete Hrodey

Pete Hrodey is a Supervisory Fish Biologist with Sea Lamprey Control Program. As the Team Lead for the Alternative Control and Evaluation Unit he and his staff are responsible for all sea lamprey barrier and trapping operations in U.S. waters of the Great Lakes. He recently returned from a 2-year detail assignment with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan as part of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program. As the sea lamprey Information Systems Manager, he was tasked with providing analytical, strategic and tactical support to enable and support management of the Sea Lamprey Program’s information for the Commission. Prior to joining the Sea Lamprey Control Program, Hrodey was a supervisory fish biologist for the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program at the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office in Lodi, California. In total, he has spent the past 10 years working for the Service within the Fisheries Program. Hrodey’s educational background includes a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a M.S. degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University, Indiana. Growing up in northern Michigan, Hrodey has lived on or near the water for most of his life. He enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, biking, fishing and hunting. He currently lives in Marquette with his wife Audrey, son Charlie, daughter Seda and their German shorthaired pointer Reuben.

 

 

Lynn Kanieski

Lynn Kanieski

Lynn Kanieski started working for the Service in 1995 as a temporary biological science technician on the larval sea lamprey assessment crew at the Ludington Biological Station. There she conducted surveys to determine the presence, abundance and distribution of larval sea lampreys throughout Great Lakes tributaries. Kanieski completed her B.S. degree from Northern Michigan University in 1994 and her M.S. degree from Arkansas State University in 2003 while studying the effects of stream bank restoration on the South Fork Spring River in northwestern Arkansas. Kanieski was a fish biologist on the larval Sea Lamprey Assessment Crew at the Ludington Biological Station from 2005 – 2010 and at the Marquette Biological Station from 2011 – 2016. She has continued her thirst for knowledge by receiving a post baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University’s World Campus in 2012. Currently Kanieski is a Fish Biologist/Geographical Information System Specialist at the Marquette Biological Station where she manages field and Geographical Information System data, provides technical support and trainings of staff and assists the risk assessment team with field studies. Kanieski grew up on a small dairy farm near Crystal Falls, Michigan, where she grew to love animals, the outdoors and the Great Lakes. Some of Lynn’s favorite activities are hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling, hunting, taking scenic pictures, viewing waterfalls, snowshoeing, reading and attending Zumba classes.

 

Cheryl Kaye

Cheryl Kaye

Cheryl Kaye is a Fish Biologist and Supervisor of the Sea Lamprey Control Program’s Risk Management Team. Her team addresses environmental and non-target issues related to the implementation of the program in the United States. Their work has demonstrated the risk of program activities to threatened and endangered species such as the piping plover, snuffbox mussel, Hungerford’s crawling water beetle and hornyhead chub. This has allowed the program to continue control activities while ensuring species protection. It has also established relationships with partners, enhanced partner knowledge of the program and demonstrated the dedication to minimize non-target effects. Problem solving and developing novel solutions is one of Kaye’s favorite aspects of her position. She has worked in the program since 1992 and at the Marquette Biological Station since 1995. She proudly uses the same keyboard that was assigned during 1995. Sadly, her mouse died about 2 years ago. In her spare time Kaye loves to kayak, garden, bike, read and spend time with friends and family.

 

 

 

Alana Kiple

Cheryl Kaye

Alana Kiple is a Career Seasonal Administrative Assistant with the Marquette Biological Station. Her primary focus is assisting with travel and news releases. She has a B.S. degree in Accountancy from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and has been a licensed and registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan. She and her husband of 32 years have two adult daughters and enjoy spending summers on Big Shag Lake where they reside and getting away to someplace warm during the long, cold and snowy winters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Klingler

Greg Klingler

Greg Klingler is a Fish Biologist at the Marquette Biological Station. As a member of the Adult and Barrier Units, he coordinates assessment of spawning phase sea lampreys and maintenance of lamprey barriers in Lakes Michigan and Superior. Klingler began his career with the Service as a seasonal biological science technician. He attended Northern Michigan University, and has a B.S. degree in Water Science and a M.S. in Biology. In his free time, Klingler enjoys coaching hockey, hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and three children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Kochanski

Dan Kochanski

Dan Kochanski is a Physical Science Technician for the Marquette Biological Station where he has spent his career since graduating from Michigan State University in 1991. He has worn many hats. He started out as a seasonal employee with the Larval Assessment Crew collecting field data to support the management program. Next, he took on the role as a “Sterile Male Release Technique” Technician maintaining and updating the program for eight years until it was moth-balled following the 2011 season. During this time, he learned Ladder Language Programming in order to improve operations of the robotic serum injector central to the program.  He then took on the role of physical science technician for the Larval Control Program helping to present the stream treatment aspect of the program. For 2017, he helped to resurrect the Sterilization Program for a short-term research program. Kochanski helped in the creation of the Services current Off Road Vehicle Training Program and maintains his credentials as an ATV, ORUV, Snowmobile and Chainsaw Safety Training Instructor for the Midwest Region. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman who spends much of his personal time trying to maintain and occasionally enjoy all of his and his “forever fiancé’s” outdoor toys.

 

 

Deborah Larson

Deborah Larson

Deborah Larson has served as a Data Transcriber for the Service since 1984. Born and raised in Marquette, she attended Northern Michigan University and built a home in 1989. She enjoys spending time reading novels by Janet Dailey and poetry by Robert Frost and also playing with her two female cockatiels Wasabi Wanona and Chopstix Collette. When not at home you will find her driving her BMW to Starbucks or shopping for gold jewelry or leather purses or spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Letson

Kevin Letson

Kevin Letson is a Biological Science Technician for the Alternative Control and Evaluation Unit for the Sea Lamprey Program in Marquette. Letson has worked for Sea Lamprey Control since 2007. He began his career working with Wyoming Game and Fish doing warm water stream surveys. He is responsible for fabricating and fixing sea lamprey traps, maintaining trap sites and lamprey barriers. He is also one of several safety instructors at the Sea Lamprey Control Program. When Letson isn’t working he enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking and snow biking.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Lewandoski

Sean Lewandoski

Sean Lewandoski is a Fish Biologist for the Alternative Control and Evaluation Unit. He spends the spring and summer trapping spawning phase sea lamprey in tributaries of the Great Lakes.  These catch data are used to track changes in sea lamprey abundance and provide a measuring stick for the Sea Lamprey Control Program. Lewandoski started working at the Marquette Biological station in 2016. Prior to working for the Service, he earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan and M.S. from Montana State University. He enjoys spending time outside biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Mann

 Kevin Mann

Kevin Mann is a Fish Biologist for the Alternative Control and Evaluation Unit of the Sea Lamprey Control Program in Marquette. He has been with the Service for seven years, previously working at the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, in northern Wisconsin. Mann began his career working for multiple agencies including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Illinois Natural History Survey and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians before moving to the Service. Mann is responsible for monitoring barrier removal projects throughout the Great Lakes as well as adult sea lamprey trapping projects in Lake Huron. He earned his B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife in May 2002 from Michigan State University and an M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in February 2008. Outside of work he loves travel, road biking, camping and spending time with his wife and dogs.

 

 

 

 

Shawn Nowicki

 Shawn Nowicki

Shawn Nowicki started her career with the Sea Lamprey Control Program in 1992 as a temporary biological science technician. Her early years were spent surveying for larval sea lampreys and their habitats including SCUBA diving in deep water areas to assess lamprey habitats. Nowicki also worked with the Sea Lamprey Sterile Male Release Technique Team during the spring seasons of 1994 to 2002. She became a fish biologist with the Larval Assessment team in 2002 and finished her M.S. degree at Northern Michigan University in 2008.  During 2010-2014, Nowicki was a Treatment Supervisor on the Lampricide Control Team, planning and leading lampricide treatments on U.S. tributaries of the Great Lakes. She has been in her current position as Unit Supervisor since 2014 where she manages both the Lampricide Control and Larval Assessment teams in Marquette. She is a member of the Lake Huron Technical Committee and a previous member of the Lake Michigan Technical Committee.  Nowicki enjoys sharing ideas and collaborating on projects with fishery managers that attend these meetings and making recommendations on management issues in the Great Lakes.  Nowicki loves singing, gardening, hiking, camping and searching for waterfalls with her husband and three amazing daughters, Melody, Katie and Danielle.

 

Justin Oster

 Justin Oster

Justin Oster is a Physical Science Technician with the Lampricide Team. He has worked with the Sea Lamprey Control Program since 1998. Other than a one year stint on the Larval Assessment Team, he has spent his entire career at the Marquette Biological Station working with the Lampricide Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becca Philipps

 Becca Philipps

Becca Philipps joined the Sea Lamprey Control Program in 2016 as a larval assessment biologist with responsibility for western Lake Michigan; monitoring larval lamprey populations and suggesting control of tributaries in that area. Philipps is proud to be a member of the 14-person Larval Assessment Unit who spend the field season conducting surveys in streams, primarily with backpack electrofishers. The results of these surveys are compiled across all Great Lakes to determine which streams will be treated to control lamprey populations in the following year. As a native of Wisconsin, growing up on Lake Michigan, the most rewarding part of this position is making a difference in the ecosystem that has been integral to Philipps’ life and the lives of all those in the Great Lakes region. Prior to joining the Sea Lamprey Control Program, she worked on aquatic projects for various government agencies including Voyageurs National Park in International Falls, Minnesota and Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Philipps received a B.S. from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and M.S. from the University of Georgia. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, kayaking and embracing the beauty of the “U.P.” and the Great Lakes.

 

 

Nik Rewald

 Nik Rewald

Nik Rewald is a Biological Science Technician for the Larval Assessment Unit. Rewald joined the Marquette staff in 2007 as a temporary seasonal working a combination of adult sea lamprey trapping and larval assessment. In 2009, Rewald was hired as a full-time technician for the Sterile Male Release Technique Program until its use was discontinued in 2011. He then transferred back to the assessment unit. Prior to working for the Service, Rewald held jobs with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Cook Inlet Aquaculture and Charlevoix County Sheriff Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is the Information and Technology Specialist and Database Administrator for the Sea Lamprey Control Program. He is responsible for creating custom data collection software and maintaining the Sea Lamprey database. Prior to joining the Service he worked on existing logistical information systems and created custom logistics programs as well as developing reporting tools for those systems for the Michigan Army National Guard. He enjoys camping, boating and other watersports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Ruiter

Sara Ruiter

Sara Ruiter is a Fish Biologist on the Control Unit for the Sea Lamprey Control Program at the Marquette Biological Station. She is responsible for assisting with lampricide treatments and also leads small lampricide treatments throughout the summer field season. Ruiter also helps maintain the landowner database within the office and is a CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor.  She received both her B.S (2001) and M.S. (2008) degrees from Northern Michigan University. Ruiter has been with the Sea Lamprey Control Program since 2002. She lives in Munising, Michigan, with her husband on their small hobby farm and enjoys gardening, walking, crossing country skiing, and scrapbooking/card making.

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith is a Biological Science Technician with the Adult Assessment Unit at the Marquette Sea Lamprey Control Office. He is one of several Motorboat Operator Certification Course instructors for the Midwest Region that are with the Sea Lamprey Program. He is not a big fan of these get to know people things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Symbal

Matt Symbal

Matt Symbal is a Fish Biologist with the Larval Sea Lamprey Assessment Unit. He is responsible for assessing larval sea lamprey populations in tributaries of Lakes Huron and Superior located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  By closely monitoring these populations, Symbal recommends streams for lampricide treatment designed to kill sea lamprey larvae prior to them parasitizing fish populations of the Great Lakes.  Throughout the summer months, with the help of seasonal technicians, he conducts surveys to determine sea lamprey recruitment events, estimate population size, identify extent of infestations as well as document the effectiveness of lampricide stream treatments. He spends fall and winter months analyzing sea lamprey catch data, creating stream treatment maps and writing reports. As spring nears, his focus switches to planning surveys directed toward continuing the hunt for sea lamprey larvae in efforts to further reduce their populations within the Great Lakes. Perks of his job include visiting beautiful places throughout the Great Lakes Region, working with a great group of people, and knowing that the work of the agency protects the multibillion dollar fishery of the Great Lakes.

 

 

Jake Van Effen

Jake Van Effen

Jake Van Effen was hired with the sea lamprey control in 2005. Between then and now, he has worked with U.S. Geological Survey (Hydro-acoustic telemetry) at Hammond Bay Biological Station and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. During his off time, he is a part time flight instructor for the Marquette County Flying Club. When not busy, he spends the rest of his time with his wife and daughter hunting or fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Wick

Patrick Wick

Patrick Wick is a physical science technician with the lampricide control unit. He started with the Sea Lamprey Program in 2008 splitting his time between the Sterile Male Release Technique Crew and the Lampricide Control Crew. He is responsible for the application and analysis of lampricides used in streams to control sea lamprey populations. He is also an Off Road Utility Vehicle instructor for the Midwest Region. He grew up in northern Minnesota and enjoys many outdoor activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori Criger

Lori Criger began her career with the Service in 1998 as a seasonal biological science aide with the Sea Lamprey Control Program. She also worked temporarily at the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Michigan. She earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Michigan University and her M.S. degree in Biological Sciences (Fisheries) from Michigan Technological University. Currently, Criger is a Supervisory Fish Biologist at the Marquette Biological Station where she co-leads the lampricide control unit.  She is responsible for planning and overseeing lampricide treatments in tributaries to the Great Lakes. Criger is also chair of the Lampricide Control Task Force and an active member of the St. Mary’s River Fisheries Task Group.


Last updated: December 6, 2017