Melissa A. Laney is the director of the Indiana Clean Lakes Program, a statewide public lake monitoring program that is part of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)'s Office of Water Management. She has written a series of reports on lakes and watersheds for government agencies. Melissa graduated from Indiana University's School of Public & Environmental Affairs in 1999 with an M.S.E.S. in Applied Ecology. She now serves as a senior lecturer at Indiana University and is the Limnology Lab's project manager & quality control officer.

Melissa also partners with the City of Bloomington and Monroe County to characterize the physical habitat and biotic integrity of aquatic resources. As part of her work, she participates in public outreach through conference workshops, newsletters, webinars, and expanding Citizen Scientist monitoring and trainings.