PREP Hires New Coastal Scientist: Dr. Kalle Matso

Dear PREP Community:

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we announce the hiring of our new Coastal Scientist, Dr. Kalle Matso.  Formerly with the Center for Collaborative Science (previously CICEET) at The University of New Hampshire, Kalle has a unique background as both an estuarine ecologist and a social scientist with expertise in Ciceet Cinemar 04292013developing and using social science for collaborative decision-making.  His skills and perspective will contribute a unique skill set to PREP and to our partners to inform how we understand and manage our estuarine systems.  Learn more about Kalle here and in our Clean Water Champion Blog post.

This announcement marks an important moment in our organizational progression that includes the expansion of staff capacity to advance our science and technical program.  In addition to our ongoing monitoring work, data collection and synthesis, PREP will focus on developing and coordinating applied ecological and social research using a collaborative engagement approach to address critical management questions.

In addition to the technical aspects of our work as an NEP, we are committed to our role as a supporting organization in the watershed.  PREP will continue highlighting, promoting, communicating and leveraging the critically important work being done by so many partners and communities in Maine and New Hampshire, and actively work to increase our collective capacity to address critical issues in our Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries.

On behalf of the PREP Management Committee, we welcome Kalle as he comes on board with us in February, and look forward to introducing him to you and your organization in the coming weeks and months.

Sincerely,

Rachel L. Rouillard
Director

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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