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Kendra Cheruvelil Named LBC Associate Dean

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, professor of biology, has taken office as the associate dean for research and faculty development in Lyman Briggs College, succeeding Mark Largent, who served as associate dean since 2013.

Cheruvelil has been a member of the LBC faculty since 2006, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She is actively engaged with the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program and the Environmental Science and Policy Program on campus.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Cheruvelil," wrote Largent. "She has been a leader both in the college and elsewhere in helping people collaborate in new and productive ways, and she will bring new energy and ideas to the dean team."

Cheruvelil conducts big-data research on the ecology of lakes that examines how global climate change and land use intensification affects lakes across regions and continents. She is credited with co-establishing the discipline of landscape limnology and pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary team science.

It was announced last week that Largent would be leaving the associate dean's office to serve as interim dean for Lyman Briggs College. The search for a new dean for the college will begin this fall.