Alumni Profiles

Rick Damstra • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Rick Damstra was a graduate student in the conservation biology program and worked in Dr. Tracy Galarowicz's lab. He is currently a biologist with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Chris Eilers • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chris Eilers was a graduate student in the conservation biology program and worked in Dr. Tracy Galarowicz's lab. He works at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Mike Holmes • Little Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Mike Holmes was an M.S. student in Dr. Scott McNaught’s laboratory. Mike studied the release of phosphorus by lake sediments. He is employed as an aquatic technician with the Little Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Justin Johnson • GAI Consultants, Inc.

Justin Johnston completed his M.S. degree in Dr. Scott McNaught’s laboratory where he investigated the effects of food quality on the growth of larval perch. He is also a licensed aviator. Currently, Justin is a fish biologist with GAI Consultants, Inc.

Dan O'Keefe • Michigan Sea Grant Extension

Dan O’Keefe completed his MS. degree in Dr. Scott McNaught’s laboratory where he investigated the diet of walleye and bass in Lake St. Clair. Dan received his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in 2006 and is employed at Michigan Sea Grant Extension in West Olive, Mich., where he works with coastal communities and businesses in southwest Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes and southern Lake Michigan issues.

Ernie Riley • Promega Corporation

Ernie Riley was a biology undergraduate who continued his studies at CMU for an M.S. while working in Dr. Elizabeth Alm’s lab. Ernie worked in collaboration with a scientist at Dow Chemical on microorganisms that could remediate chlorinated solvents. He presented his work at several scientific conferences, including the American Society of Microbiology, and then returned to the meeting the following year as a Promega Corporation employee. Ernie was recently promoted at Promega and now manages a 10-state region.

Kregg Smith • Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Kregg Smith was a graduate student in biology at CMU. He works as a research biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Keith Tollenaere • Golder Associates

Keith Tollenaere completed his M.S. degree in Dr. Scott McNaught’s laboratory where he investigated the effects of temperature and food on the growth of larval perch. He is shown dissecting stomachs from 5 mm larvae. Currently, Keith is a fish biologist with Golder Associates.

Lisa VanOmmeren • Dow Corning

Lisa VanOmmeren was a biology undergraduate who continued her studies at CMU while pursuing her M.S. degree and working in Dr. Elizabeth Alm's lab. Lisa worked on development of a rapid assay for source-tracking of waterborne contaminants and presented her work at the American Society of Microbiology, and it was also accepted for publication. She is employed at Dow Corning.

Amanda Weber • University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory

Amanda Weber completed her MS. degree in Dr. Scott McNaught’s laboratory where she investigated predator-induced defenses in zooplankton. Amanda is currently an aquatic biologist with the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory.

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