Kendra Spence Cheruvelil

Professor and Co-director

Dr. Cheruvelil is co-director of the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab in MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She conducts big-data research on lakes to understand how global climate change and land use intensification affect lakes across regions and continents. Dr. Cheruvelil is credited with co-establishing the discipline of landscape limnology and pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary team science. She is described as a passionate, innovative leader who is skilled at bringing together multidisciplinary collaborators to answer complex scientific questions. Dr. Cheruvelil is an exceptional mentor who passes team science and open science methods and skills on to the next generation of environmental scientists. She has been recognized as a “Research Exemplar” for leading and managing her research program with professionalism and integrity.

Dr. Cheruvelil has a joint appointment between FW and the Lyman Briggs College (the residential college for scientific study in a societal context) and is affiliated with two graduate programs on campus: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) and Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP). She is the Founding Director of LBC’s Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Graduate Fellowship Program that is promoting a diverse next generation of teacher-scholars, and is on the Steering Committee for MSU’s Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Graduate Fellowship Program. Dr. Cheruvelil is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in science. In her classrooms, she implements innovative and evidence-based teaching practices and studies the effects of these interventions on student learning and classroom climate. She was also a co-founder of LBC’s inclusion committee, served as the Faculty Excellence Advocate in Lyman Briggs, and conducts research to understand how inclusive climate affects scientists and science teams.

In September 2020, Dr. Cheruvelil was named special advisor for faculty affairs and belonging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She previously served as associate dean of research and faculty affairs in the Lyman Briggs College. She completed the HERS Leadership Institute at University of Denver and the HERS Luce Leadership Program for Women in STEMwas a fellow in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program, and co-authored the book chapter, “Professional Development of Women Leaders” in the 2019 edited book Women Leading Change in Academia.

Before the inception of the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab, Dr. Cheruvelil mentored undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers in her lab. Click here to learn more about these researchers.

Interested in learning what a professor’s sabbatical is like? Check out Dr. Cheruvelil’s professional blog written while she was at Queen’s University Belfast during August 2013-July 2014 – Blog here.

KSC CV 10/2019

Contact Information

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
480 Wilson Rd
Room 13 Natural Resources Bldg.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office: 334C Natural Resources Building

Lyman Briggs College
919 E. Shaw Lane
Room 35 East Holmes Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48825
Office: 189 East Holmes Hall

Twitter: @KCheruvelil
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