Dr. Dustin Haines is the Research Coordinator of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. His research lies at the intersection of ecology, conservation, and resource management, and he has extensive experience working with invasive plants and restoration. He has worked in a broad variety of ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, and deserts, and with diverse taxa, including plants, reptiles, mammals, insects, and microbes. He has a degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from Northwest Missouri State University, and a PhD in ecology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His professional experience includes being a postdoctoral researcher on invasive species (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and restoration plant materials (University of Minnesota Duluth), a college instructor (University of Minnesota Duluth and Wheelock College), and a biologist (U.S. Geological Survey and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources).