MSES and MPA, Indiana University, Bloomington
BS, Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca
Clair is interested in any and all research related to invasive plants. This includes studies of the impacts of invasive plants on natural ecosystems and different cohorts of people. She is also interested in economic valuation of invasive plant impacts relative to the costs of control, as well as studies evaluating the effectiveness of various control methods on invasive plant populations in the Midwest. As MIPN Coordinator, Clair seeks to share research findings in these areas with regional stakeholders and improve communication on research needs between natural resource managers and the research community.
Since completing her education in 2008, Clair has built her career in the non-profit sector working with regional organizations and focusing on complex environmental problems. Originally from the Northeast, Clair spent several years in Massachusetts, where she received U.S. EPA New England’s Environmental Merit Award in 2014 for a regional project addressing the impacts of turf and lawn fertilization on water quality. Today Clair is applying her experience to MIPN’s mission of reducing the impacts of invasive plants in the Midwest. Having started as MIPN’s Coordinator in December of 2016, Clair is quickly becoming a jack-of-all-trades and is expanding her skill set to include communications and marketing, fundraising, and web development. She has launched MIPN’s social media sites, started a new monthly electronic newsletter, and recently updated the regional list of invasive plants.