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Stephanie Kyriakakis

Conservation Scientist, Midwest

Grand Rapids, MI

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Stephanie Kyriakakis Stephanie Kyriakakis is a Conservation Scientist for TNC in Michigan. © Matthew Mitchell Photography

Areas of Expertise

Cartography, GIS, Spatial Analysis, Coastal Wetlands, Great Lakes

Media Contact

Ryan Hermes
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Stephanie joined The Nature Conservancy's Michigan Chapter in 2018 and transitioned to the Midwest Division in 2023. As a conservation scientist on the Midwest Division’s Strategy, Measures and Science Team, Stephanie conducts geospatial analyses at a division-wide level and helps bridge the gap between science and communications by creating compelling visualizations. She supports numerous conservation strategies for the division including the Northwoods, the Prairie-Woodland Network and coastal areas. Stephanie is also working on the Michigan the Beautiful Initiative in collaboration with the MI Department of Natural Resources and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians as the ecosystem services project manager and one of the data/visualization specialists.

Stephanie served as the Blue Accounting coastal wetland visualization lead from 2018-2020 utilizing storytelling through mapmaking to advance coastal wetland conservation. She also served as a TNC Midwest Division Executive Committee member from 2019 to 2020.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in business from the University of Central Florida, an Master of Arts degree in international affairs from American University and an Master of Arts degree in natural resources and sustainable development from the U.N. Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She also completed a practicum in Israel and Palestine during graduate school, which focused on water, cooperation and environmental peacebuilding. She speaks Spanish and is a certified Fire Fighter Type 2. In her free time, Stephanie is the captain of two ice hockey teams and loves to travel. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter Georgie, wife Roxanne and their greyhound Leo. 

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