WINONA LAKE — The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has appointed its new assistant director of research, Matthew Burlingame, who assumed the role Wednesday, June 15.
Burlingame joins the Lilly Center with over 25 years of experience in data and statistical analysis, research and education. His career spans nine years serving at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, six years as an instructor of environmental studies at Manchester University and three years with Pennsylvania’s Warren County Conservation District, writing grant proposals and organizing stream monitoring programs. Burlingame has produced five research articles and is an experienced speaker and lecturer.
“I’m excited to step into this new opportunity to make a difference in Kosciusko County’s lakes and streams,” Burlingame said. “My work as a fisheries research biologist impressed on me the importance of keeping our lakes clean for the long-term health of our community.”
Burlingame earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science from Virginia Tech. He went on to complete a Master of Science from Kansas State University with a concentration in fisheries. He currently resides in North Manchester.
“It’s a privilege to welcome Matt to the team,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, Lilly Center director. “He has an extensive background in research and data analysis which will elevate our research program. Ultimately, with Matt’s direction, our data will create actionable steps for our community.”
As assistant director of research, Burlingame will work alongside Bosch and the rest of the Lilly Center research team to strategize major research efforts, analyze data and present findings to the public. He will also support the Environmental Science program at Grace College through potential teaching and student mentorship opportunities.
The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents and collaborates with local organizations to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe and beautiful. To date, the Lilly Center has conducted scientific research on over 30 streams and 40 lakes. The Lilly Center is driven to create a legacy of stewardship by equipping community members, visitors and future generations with understanding and to enjoy the county’s natural beauty. For more information, visit lakes.grace.edu.