Laura Barghusen has been with Openlands since 2004. As Aquatic Ecologist, Laura works to improve access to northeastern Illinois Water Trails and to encourage education and stewardship on our region’s waterways. Laura also works to improve the health of rivers and streams within the Chicago Wilderness region, especially through understanding and protecting the values of headwater streams. She is currently working with Chicago Wilderness on plans for the protection of two species that depend on healthy headwaters and small streams, the mottled sculpin fish and the ellipse mussel. Laura is a coauthor of the publication A Field to the Fresh Water Mussels of Chicago Wilderness (2008). Laura has her B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.S. in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and her M.A. in Environmental and Urban Geography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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