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Dr. Kiersten M. Madden

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Institution(s) / Organization(s):
University of Texas Marine Science Institute (MSI or UTMSI), University of Texas at Austin (UT)
Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Dr. Madden received a B.A. in biology from Augustana College in 2002 and recently completed a Ph.D. in marine science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Her thesis involved the foraging behaviors of Weddell seals in the Antarctic fast-ice. Kiersten was also awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, which allowed her to focus on strengthening partnerships between GK-12 educators and researchers. She also has experience in biological surveys, environmental education and restoration.

One of Kiersten's primary duties as Stewardship Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) will be to improve coastal land use planning through decision support tools. Her other duties include: enhance animal rescue programs, conduct site profile of Mission-Aransas NERR, improve land protection and maintain marine debris collection program.

B.A. Augustana College, 2002)
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, 2007

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Physiology and Behavior; Ecology; Coastal Development; Ecological Indicators; Habitat Loss; Invasive Species; Pollution; Restoration; Sustainable Development; Geographic Information Science (GIS); Decision, Risk and Management Science

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
750 Channel View Dr.
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Telephone: +1 361-749-6779
Fax: +1 361-749-6777

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Keywords:   NERR

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