Faculty Spotlight: Lindsey Chizinski

Meet Lindsey Chizinski, a lecturer in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
August 7, 2023

What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

I am a lecturer in the School of Natural Resources, and I teach Principles of Ecology and Ichthyology. I also manage the Aquatic Biodiversity&Conservation Lab where we studythe physiology, ecology, behavior, and life history strategies of Nebraska fish species. 

What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

I’m a Nebraska native, andI completed undergraduate and graduate degrees atUNL. I’ve always been impressed by the School of Natural Resource’s commitment to students andstrong collaborations with stakeholders.Students here are set up to succeed, andI’m proof of that. It’s fulfilling for me to be on the faculty side of this relationshipafter benefiting as a student. 

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most? 

I love to guide and encourage students in the experiential learning process, whetherthat is researching optimal growth conditions for yellow perch ormaking field observations ofraccoons in aresidential neighborhood.Ienjoy helping students focus on what is meaningful to them, what their strengths are, and howtheir interests and abilities canwork together toshape their careers. There aremany ways to be anatural resourcescientist, and mentoring students in that discovery process is exciting! 

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

I am afirst-generation college graduate. My college and career paths are non-traditional – a late start to college education, a period of unemployment while I raised my children, and a shift fromworking as a field biologist toteaching full-time.Throughout,I’ve remained committed to a theme: connecting with people and connecting people to the natural world. 

What is something that most peopledon't know about you? 

My retirement goal is to live inan oldmansion full of cats in the middle of nowhere. 

What is your life like outside of work? 

My husband and I stay busy withour three kids, three cats, and a three-legged dog!I love to be movingoutdoors, preferably running, cycling, or kayaking.Exploring small townsforthrift store treasures and hole-in-the-wall diners ismy ideal weekend. 

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