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Forest Service Researchers Were Among Spring Visitors to the Keshena Campus


Visitors to Campus
Brenda Miller, left, a Sustainable Development and Nursing student at the College, had an opportunity to talk with two accomplished women in science careers during the USFS-sponsored visit of Drs. Kern, center, and Timm.
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CMN’s liaison from the U.S. Forest Service, Mike Dockry, sponsored the visit of two scientists in mid-April for talks on the College campus. Dr. Anne Timm is a research aquatic ecologist and Dr. Christel Kern a research forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Grand Rapids, Minn.


Timm’s presentation focused on work she has done since 1993 on freshwater streams and lakes as an aquatic ecologist, stream restoration scientist, fish and aquatic species manager, teacher, and research scientist. Her research and monitoring work has included research on aquatic insects and clams of the Upper Mississippi River and research on frog habitat use in reclaimed coal surface mine areas of Southern Indiana, including the Hoosier National Forest. Anne’s work included assessment of aquatic habitats in streams, assessments of fish passage at road/stream crossings, and prioritizing streams for restoration. For the Northern Research Station in Minnesota, she has studied effects of water level change on aquatic plants and northern pike spawning success, effects of temperature change on coldwater trout stream communities, and effectiveness of stream culvert designs for fish and aquatic organism passage.


Dr. Kern, who grew up in Shawano, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is a Region 9 certified silviculturist and does research on northern hardwood silviculture and ground-layer plant ecology. She has also done worked as a technician in Rhinelander and in Washington and Minnesota.