Center for Freshwater Research and Education

About Us

Our CFRE team values collaboration, innovation, solutions, and excellence, and we strive to create an environment where these values are demonstrated daily. Each member plays a role in seeking out problems, and identifying solutions in order to make CFRE more successful in Great Lakes science and education. Click below to read our Strategic Plan. Scroll to view the CFRE team.

Vision and Mission


Ashley Moerke, PhD
Director, Professor

Kevin Kapuscinski, PhD
Assistant Director, Associate Professor

Kierstin Loomis
Coordinator of Operations

Maggie Davis
Executive Assistant & Events Coordinator

Faculty and Staff

Beth Christiansen
Great Lakes Education and Outreach Specialist

Jonathan Doubek, PhD
Assistant Professor

Megan Thompson
CFRE Fish Hatchery Manager

Drew Heckman
Research Technician

Hari Kandel, PhD
CFRE Affiliate Faculty, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Kirsten Hindy
CTE Instructor

Edoardo Sarda, PhD
CFRE Affiliate Faculty, School of Engineering and Technology

Jesse Wesolek
Research Technician

CFRE Partners

Elliot Nelson
Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant