Lower Colorado River Institute Staff


dave spratt

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Dave Spratt is IJNR's CEO. For more than 20 years, Dave was a fixture at daily newspapers in Colorado and Michigan, writing and editing sports, features and news, nurturing young writers and staring longingly out the window where the real action was. Dave left inky fingers behind in 2009, when he took a buyout from the Detroit News to freelance and carry coolers for IJNR until being named CEO in January 2013. Dave is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and frequent end user of clean air, clear water and healthy habitat — human and otherwise. And most of all, he wants the world to understand why those things are so important. Dave lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife Sarah and a neurotic terrier named Lily, who all eagerly await the next visit home from their college-going daughters Emma and Natalie.

melissa mylchreest


Melissa Mylchreest is IJNR's Director of Communications & Development, but sometimes she works on programs too. Melissa lives in Missoula, Montana, and in addition to working for IJNR, she is a freelance writer, covering art, architecture, science, and the environment. She received a B.A. in creative writing from Connecticut College, an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana (UM), and an M.F.A. in creative writing, also at UM. But writing all the time sometimes gets boring, so she’s done some other things too, including working as a professor, cook, government lackey, and barn-dismantler, among many others. When she’s not working she gardens, cooks, makes things out of clay, volunteers with animal rescue groups, and spends as much time as possible outside with her two-legged and four-legged buddies.

adam hinterthuer


Adam Hinterthuer is IJNR's Director of Programs. He also serves as outreach and communications specialist for the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Center for Limnology (the study of lakes, more or less) where he gets paid to go out on boats and write about it. Adam lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Carrie, and their two daughters, Brynn and Maggie. He's striving to raise tomboy princesses, teaching his girls to build a campfire and catch a fish, while also willingly participating in tea parties and the construction of "fairy houses." Adam received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. While he undoubtedly peaked before he had kids, he hasn't completely given up his freelance writing career, and sometimes succumbs to lapses in judgement, taking freelancing gigs for various science and environmental publications. 

Lysandra Marquez


Lysandra Marquez is IJNR's Lower Colorado River Intern. Lysandra lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she got her Masters in Journalism and specialized in covering the Borderlands beat.  She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University, and is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English.

During her time at the Cronkite School, Lysandra worked on video segments regarding the first-ever vaccine for bees, and anchored for the award-winning student led newscast, Cronkite News. She also traveled to Israel to report on water technology in agriculture, and also Queretaro, Mexico to speak to leading officials about the growing development of the aeronautic sector.

ysandra is actively seeking opportunities and wants to focus on environmental and social justice issues, but is open to covering a diverse list of beats as well. Her long term goal is to become an international correspondent somewhere in South America.

When not writing, Lysandra enjoys spending time with her unruly Alaskan husky, Jolene, and listening to medleys of Led Zeppelin (a little too loudly, if you ask her neighbors).

mike scott


Mike Scott is a little like Superman. By day, he's a Senior Media Relations Specialist at Case Western Reserve University. But when an IJNR Institute comes along, we send up the signal and Mike hops in a phone booth (do phone booths even exist anymore?), and out pops Digital Media Guru Extraordinaire! Mike’s combination of environmental expertise (he was a long-time environment reporter and assistant metro editor at the largest newspaper in Ohio, namely The Plain Dealer in Cleveland) and new-media savvy (he was the Dealer’s first-ever web editor and is a Kiplinger-trained disciple of all things  online) makes him the ideal person to help Fellows figure out how to bend digital technology to their will in telling environment stories. Mike holds a BS from Kent State University, and is well-acquainted with IJNR, having in a past life been a Fellow on three of our Institutes. He also happens to be a remarkably young grandfather. (No, really, ask him about Brody and Farrah sometime -- but be prepared for all the pictures...)