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Mary Skopec

IOWATER Program Coordinator and Research Geologist 515-725-3434
Mary started working for the Iowa DNR - Iowa Geological Survey in 1998. She has been involved in several agency-wide projects with impacts on water quality. In particular, Mary coordinated a statewide pesticide database to track occurrences in Iowa's water resources. In January 2000, she started working for the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section (WMAS). Mary currently coordinates and analyzes data from the statewide Ambient Water Monitoring Program. She also serves as the IOWATER Volunteer Monitoring Program Coordinator and the Beach Monitoring Coordinator. Mary earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Iowa, and in 1999 she completed her Ph.D. in environmental science.
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Michelle Balmer

Research Geologist 515-725-8379
Michelle earned her bachelor's degree in 2007 and an M.S. degree in 2012 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a focus on limnology from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State University, she worked on a variety of projects including the ambient lakes monitoring program, the Rathbun watershed project, and on lake restoration studies at Black Hawk Lake, the Iowa Great Lakes Lower Chain, and Easter Lake. Michelle joined the DNR as the Lakes Monitoring Coordinator in August 2012.
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Jacklyn Gautsch

Natural Resource Biologist  515-725-3432
Jackie's duties include training IOWATER volunteers, coordinating volunteers and watershed groups within IOWATER and biological monitoring. She holds a B.S. in biology and earth science from the University of Wisconsin. Jackie has participated in herpetological studies with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, a study of caddisflies with the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a fish monitoring program with the Upper Mississippi Long Term Resource Monitoring Program, the University of Wisconsin, and the IDNR. She joined the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section in January 2001.
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Lynette Seigley

Research Geologist  515-725-3433
Lynette received her undergraduate degree in geology from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her graduate degree, also in geology, from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a research geologist for the Iowa Geological Survey since 1987 on a variety of projects addressing the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on both surface water and groundwater. Since January 2000, Lynette has worked in the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section and has been extensively involved in the IOWATER program.