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Eric Krueger:  Mussel Man

This Conservancy scientist is the go-to guy for freshwater facts and more.

From reciting poetry to strumming his guitar, Eric is one of the most laid-back scientists in the TNC organization. This renaissance man with a master’s in geosciences from the University of Wisconsin enjoys distance running and the fact that his TNC “office” might be a rock outcropping in the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment one day and a grassy barrier island the next. He joined the SC Chapter in 2002.

 


Nature.org:

What do you love most about your job?

Eric Krueger:

At TNC, you can channel your creative energy into the conservation problems that most intrigue and best fit you. You can be yourself every day.

Nature.org:

What led you to a career in science?

Eric Krueger:

When I was about 10 years old, I used to take off on long, meandering hikes through the woods in Wisconsin. I discovered these little groundwater springs that were surrounded by plants and animals that I never saw elsewhere in the outdoors. This was my first impression of "special habitat" and led to an insatiable desire to know why one place is different from another.

Nature.org:

Have you ever feared for your safety at work?

Eric Krueger:

Yes. We were running from a thunderstorm over water and had a lightning strike so close that it shut down the boat motor.

Nature.org:

What is the weirdest thing you've had to put on your expense report?

Eric Krueger:

Six multi-tube packages of super glue to attach teeny-tiny number tags to mussels.

Nature.org:

What is the most disgusting thing you've had to do in the name of science?

Eric Krueger:

Dissect a feral pig, for sure.



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