Kirsten Rhude

Stewardship Coordinator


(715) 399-4091

About Kirsten

As the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve’s stewardship coordinator, Kirsten works to protect, restore, and connect people to the lands and waters included within the Reserve. She began exploring aquatic ecosystems as a child, looking for tadpoles in the bog behind her home in northern Wisconsin and exploring the streams and lakes of the Upper Peninsula on camping trips with her family. Kirsten received a bachelor’s in Biology and a certificate in Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her professional experience includes working as a limnologist in Wisconsin, Ecuador and Alaska and, most recently, she served as a Knauss Fellow working in environmental policy in Washington D.C.