Jeanette Schnars, Senior Scientist, joined PASG in 2012. Jeanette also serves as the Executive Director of the Regional Science Consortium located in the research wing of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Prior to her position at the consortium, she was a faculty member in the biology department at Penn State Behrend, and currently serves on the graduate faculty at Penn State. She holds a doctorate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State, Masters of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York – Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology from Penn State. She specializes in water quality, fisheries, and ecological research. She facilitates projects through collaborations with researchers from multiple universities and state and federal agencies. She currently leads several research projects and taskforces. She has led projects on lake sturgeon populations, yellow perch mortality, impacts of invasive gobies on native fishes, contaminants in turtle populations, rapid techniques to determine bacterial concentrations in beach waters, and most recently led the design and deployment of the Lake Erie near-shore weather, water, and wave buoy in collaboration with NOAA-National Weather Service and the Great Lakes Observing Systems. Her research experience and collaborations provide valuable leadership in the development of the PASG’s research program and oversight of grant competitions.