Kristin Stanford, PhD

Dr. Kristin Stanford received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She has been coordinating Lake Erie watersnake (LEWS) conservation for more than 20 years and served as the Recovery Coordinator from 2003-2011 until the snake was successfully delisted. She founded the Respect the Snake initiative ( which continues to facilitate the research, management and outreach needed to conserve the LEWS and other native snake species. She served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio State University’s biological field station, Stone Laboratory from 2012-2022 and was responsible for overseeing logistics for this nationally recognized education and outreach program before recently accepting the role of Wildlife Diversity Coordinator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.

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