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  • Gail Kampmeier: Entomologist

    After taking a winding path into science, entomologist Gail Kampmeier went on to have a long career in biodiversity informatics and plant virus epidemiology.

  • Zoe Zaloudek: GIS Specialist

    University of Illinois alumna Zoe Zaloudek first began working at the Illinois State Water Survey as a GIS intern for FEMA’s Floodplain Map Modernization project. She joined the Midwestern Regional Climate Center in March 2010.

  • Srirupa Ganguly: Process Development Engineer

    Srirupa Ganguly loves that her role enables her to work on ideas to upgrade wastewater to make it useful.

  • Brenda Molano-Flores: Plant Ecologist

    Brenda Molano-Flores collects the data needed to conserve rare plants through her applied ecology research program, all while mentoring the next generation of scientists.

  • Beth Hall: Director, Midwest Regional Climate Center

    Beth Hall, director of the Midwest Regional Climate Center, is proud of building a program that directly links science to stakeholders' needs and of the impact her team has across the nine-state Midwest region.

  • Eve Hargrave: Skeletal Analyst

    Eve Hargrave became interested in archaeology as a teenager. After watching a prehistoric burial excavation she began a 35+ year career in bioarchaeology, the study of human remains and mortuary features from archaeological contexts.

  • Beth Meschewski: Research Specialist

    Beth Meschewski says the best part of her job with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is that she gets to work on her two favorite things: saving the planet and fixing problems.

  • Jennie Atkins: Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program

    Environmental chemist Jennie Atkins has always been curious about how things work and why things are the way they are.

  • Laura Keefer: Surface Water Hydrology and Hydraulics

    Laura Keefer believes her career at the Illinois State Water Survey chose her—and it seems to have chosen well, as Keefer has been with ISWS since 1986 and now leads the Surface Water Hydrology & Hydraulics Section. 

  • Susan Post: Entomologist

    Inspired by family and 4-H, Susan Post "took the road less traveled," and became an entomologist when there were few women in the field.

  • Madeleine Evans: Lithic Analyst

    Madeleine Evans doesn't remember what made her choose archaeology as a career, but she's never regretted it. Evans, who has been with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey since 1993, is a lithic analyst. 

  • Alison Stodola: Aquatic Biologist

    Aquatic biologist Alison Stodola turned her love of science and stream species into a career. Now she travels around the state, documenting fish and freshwater mussels.

  • Andrya Whitten: Aquatic Ecologist

    Aquatic ecologist Andrya Whitten always enjoyed science, but after her first high school environmental science class she was hooked.

  • Tamira K. Brennan: Archaeologist

    Dr. Tamira K. Brennan is a Coordinator for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey's American Bottom Field Station in Fairview Heights, IL. 

  • Molly Woloszyn: Extension Climate Specialist

    A lifelong interest in weather (and a little healthy fear of tornadoes) led Molly Woloszyn to a career with the Illinois State Water Survey, where she focuses on helping people understand and plan for extreme weather and shifts in climate. 

  • Christine Parker: Avian Ecologist

    A lifelong love of wildlife led Christine Parker to pursue a PhD in avian ecology—time flies by when she's out tracking turkeys for her research.

  • Lydia Moore Hart: Biological Illustrator

    Lydia Moore Hart, together with Charlotte M. Pinkerton, created the original artwork that graced the pages of The Fishes of Illinois.