Dear SoE Community,
We have lost a rising research star, a wonderful personality, and a treasured colleague. Dr. Jill Crossman, assistant professor in the School of the Environment and GLIER, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on September 11, 2021. I cannot adequately express how profound a loss this is for all of us. I reflect on when we first developed the job advertisement for Jill’s position and wondering whether we would ever find the ‘unicorn’ the position seemed to describe – and then along came Jill. Jill was larger than life and a true force to be reckoned with. She immediately made her presence felt in the SoE, across the University of Windsor, and in the greater academic community. Jill quickly established research collaborations in SoE, GLIER, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Integrative Biology, Physics, among others. Jill’s research in nutrient cycling and microplastics contamination in freshwater systems was World-class, of high quality and broad impact, and exceptionally relevant to the Great Lakes. The extent of her global research network, scientific leadership, and funding were truly remarkable for a relatively junior faculty member. The loss we have all suffered with Jill’s passing is immense and unrecoverable. We already miss her presence among us, and we will forever be at a loss for all the contributions she was yet to make. On behalf of the School of the Environment, I express our condolences to the family, friends, students, colleagues and all those that knew and had the life-changing opportunity to work with Jill. She will forever have a place in our hearts and minds.
Planning is underway to hold an event celebrating Jill’s life. An announcement providing the time, place, and other event details will be circulated in the near future. In the meantime, our utmost concern is to ensure that the wishes of the Crossman family are respected.