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Get to know the Advisory Council: Q & A with Lori Tate

In the Wisconsin Sea Grant online newsroom, we recently introduced four new members of the Advisory Council. Council members help shape Sea Grant’s future, enabling it to better serve the people of Wisconsin.

Now, here on our blog, we’d like to give people a chance to get to know those four newcomers better through Q & As. Our fourth and final installment features Lori Tate of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Tate is section chief of the DNR’s Fisheries Management Bureau and is based in Madison.

Lori Tate (submitted photo).

Do you have a favorite spot in the Great Lakes, or a favorite natural area?

Growing up in Canada, Lake Superior was always my favorite. Long drives along the north shore and stops at Old Woman Bay, Nanabijou (Sleeping Giant Park) – those were my favorite childhood places.  Now, I feel so fortunate to call Wisconsin my home, and I love taking my family to explore the southern shore of Lake Superior. One of our other favorite camping spots is Peninsula State Park on beautiful Green Bay.

What drew you to say “yes” to serving on the Advisory Council?  

I am committed to fostering relationships between partner organizations and our Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Management program.  I feel that the work that Sea Grant does in Wisconsin is so important, and I was honored to join the Advisory Council.

Is there a special aspect of Sea Grant’s work or mission that speaks to you the most?

Sea Grant’s active outreach efforts connecting Great Lakes stakeholders with research and management is the aspect of the mission that speaks most to me. 

Where would you like to see Sea Grant headed in the near future? 

I am excited to see Sea Grant engaging in more collaborative fellowships, like Bryan Maitland’s; this is a great model for helping to answer research and management questions, and it provides these fantastic opportunities for young scientists!