Kristen Blann joined our staff as a Freshwater Ecologist in January 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology where she studied landscape-scale influences on coldwater stream fish communities in the Blufflands of the Upper Mississippi River.
Dr. Blann provides technical leadership for aquatic conservation planning, research and monitoring. From setting conservation priorities for Minnesota’s amazing lakes to conservation planning in the St. Croix River watershed, Blann has applied her expertise to help the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota chapter dive into freshwater science. With co-author Eloise Kendy, she recently completed Developing Ecological Criteria for Sustainable Water Management in Minnesota (January 2012), which sets the stage for securing water resources for people and nature throughout the state. Click here to learn more about TNC’s approach to protecting flows using our Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) framework.This project was funded through generous support from Crystal Light.
Dr. Blann is charting new waters yet again. To help the Chapter further engage in freshwater conservation, she will identify opportunities to apply innovative protection, restoration, and management strategies in key watersheds within the Mississippi River Basin. Using the Conservancy’s Active River Area approach she will focus on the dynamic connection between land and water. The Active River Areas approach provides a systematic means for conceptualizing and protecting rivers as dynamic systems with a broad range of conditions. By building a solid scientific foundation for our freshwater conservation, Blann will set the course for enduring conservation results at a watershed scale.