Lisa Cleckner

Lisa B. Cleckner, Ph.D., director of the Finger Lakes Institute, started on the job on Jan. 1, 2011. An expert in collaborative aquatic research, community outreach, and administration, Cleckner was most recently assistant director of operations with the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, in Syracuse, N.Y. There, she worked with businesses and academic institutions on the research applications and commercialization potential of environmental and energy system projects. Cleckner also worked with companies, economic development agencies, and academic institutions in identifying workforce development and sustainable enterprise opportunities throughout the environmental and energy systems cluster.

After receiving her B.A. in biology from Colgate University, Cleckner earned her Ph.D. in public health with a concentration in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a post-doctoral research associate and staff scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cleckner led a research group investigating mercury cycling in the Great Lakes and Everglades, and supervised a water chemistry laboratory for more than five years. Subsequently, she earned an M.B.A. from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Throughout her career, Cleckner has been involved in outreach activities targeted to a wide range of audiences including the public, students, businesses and professional scientists. She has also successfully pursued grant funding totaling more than $3.5 million from federal, state, and non-profit organizations. Most of these proposals have been collaborative efforts engaging different constituencies such as faculty, research scientists, federal agencies, community organizations, and outreach groups.

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