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Kristin Stanford, PhD

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Stone Laboratory

About Stanford

 Kristin Marie Stanford

Kristin Stanford, PhD

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Stone Laboratory.

Kristin Stanford received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She has been actively involved in Lake Erie Watersnake (LEWS) conservation for almost 20 years and has served as the Recovery Coordinator since 2003. She is responsible for overseeing all of Stone Lab’s programming logistics, and continues to facilitate the research, management and outreach needed to maintain recovery for the LEWS.


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  • Phone: 419-285-1847
  • Email: stanford.147@osu.edu
  • Address: 878 Bayview AvenuePO Box 119Put-in-Bay, OH Ottawa

Kristin Stanford received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She has been actively involved in Lake Erie Watersnake (LEWS) conservation for almost 20 years and has served as the Recovery Coordinator since 2003. Currently working for The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory as the Education and Outreach Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing all of the programming logistics for this nationally recognized education and outreach venue. She also continues to facilitate the research, management and outreach needed to maintain recovery for the LEWS.

Kristin is also involved with the conservation of several other species of snakes including the Plain’s Garter Snake, the Eastern Fox Snake and the Timber Rattlesnake. She is a board member of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and board chair of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. Along with her mentor, Dr. Rich King, Kristin was named as a USFWS Recovery Champion for her work with the LEWS in 2009 and she was awarded the Ohio Division of Wildlife Diversity award in 2012. The LEWS recovery program and partners were honored at the 2011 SOLEC (State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference) as a success story honoree, and the program continues to be highlighted by USFWS as a model example of recovery under the ESA.

Impacts and Accomplishments

Ohio Sea Grant continues to help the LEINWC offer community science education opportunities on the Lake Erie Islands that provide educational and economic value to the region and expand the program’s audience.

In 2019, Ohio Sea Grant continued to support land protection efforts of the LEIC and PIBTP on the Lake Erie Islands. These efforts resulted in permanent protection of 91.39 acres of property that provide biological, educational and economic value to the region.

In 2019, Ohio Sea Grant’s Stone Lab interactive programming continued to offer a unique immersion experience for thousands of students of all ages, stimulating future interest in science and a lifetime of stewardship ethic for the Lake Erie ecosystem. More than 282,000 people have gone through the program since its start.

Ohio Sea Grant and Division of Wildlife continue to partner on teaching thousands of annual visitors about Lake Erie issues and things they can do to protect vital Ohio resources.

In 2019, Dr. Kristin Stanford and Ohio Sea Grant researchers continued the monitoring and education efforts for the Lake Erie Watersnake. They demonstrated that although populations are seemingly stable, a high prevalence of a fungal pathogen that causes disease may be a future threat.