Category Archives: Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight – John Goodell


Present Position: Owner/Principle Northwest Avian Resources

Former Positions: Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum 2012-2016; Wildlife Scientist, Intermountain Aquatics 2006-2011; Field Biologist, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Non-game Avian Program 1996-2005.
TWS Involvement: Past Board member, Lead (Pb) & Wildlife Workshops; Legislative and Conservation Committees, ORTWS liaison to Oregon Conservation Fund/Task Force.
Interest: While numerous conservation challenges are important to our professional community, conservation funding is unquestionable the overarching priority. Securing broad-based, sustainable funding not only supports the priorities of the Oregon Conservation Strategy but will address unforeseen challenges. No other topic has more implications to our professional landscape.
My other interests include avian ecology, raptor lead (Pb) science, habitat restoration, sagebrush-steppe ecology and natural history interpretation and exhibits.

Member Spotlight -Daphne Swope

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology/Zoology, May 2009, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Present Position: Wildlife Biologist & Operations Manager for Turnstone Environmental Consultants, Inc. I conduct and oversee general wildlife surveys and agency protocol-level surveys for special-status wildlife species in Oregon and Washington. (2012-2017)

Former Positions: Banding Technician, USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center, Hilo, HI (2012); Biological Technician/Field Crew Leader, Klamath Bird Observatory, Oregon (2009-2010); Banding Assistant, Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History, Dominica (2010)          

TWS: I am excited about becoming involved with TWS in order to contribute to the advancement of conservation-based science and adaptive management, as well as encourage stewardship and knowledge within our local communities.

Interests: I have a broad interest in conservation biology and management-based research, with a recent focus on environmental compliance on federal, state, and private projects as well as a background in avian monitoring to study population trends, demographics, life history, distribution and habitat relationships. My personal interests include exploring Oregon and beyond via foot and cycle as well as creating and enjoying good food and drink.


Member Spotlight -Meghan Martin

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Education:                                                                                                                                             B.A., Biology, Reed College, 2003                                                                                                                  M.S., Biology, Portland State University, 2006                                                                                   Ph.D., Biology, Portland State University, 2014

Present Position: Postdoctoral Researcher San Diego Zoo Global 2014-present. Where she develops and manages an international research program studying improvement of captive breeding methods, the effects of domestication on reproductive success in captivity, and reintroduction training methods in the giant panda.  Her work involves international collaboration with the Chinese Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), Beijing Normal University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, and St. Louis Zoo.  Director of PDXWildlife 2013-present.  Meghan co-founded a local non-profit in Portland, Oregon that conducts directed research questions that answer pressing wildlife management needs. Under this organization she developed a menu-marking program in Portland that recruits restaurants to mark sustainable seafood items and researched the effectiveness of menu marking on consumer choice and helped develop and organize non-lead ammunition outreach initiatives at gun shows.

Former Positions: United States Fish and Wildlife, Aquatics Conservation Program Intern 2014- 2015, Portland, OR;  Oregon Zoo & San Diego Zoo Global, Giant Panda Graduate Program Behavioral Research            2011- 2014, Portland, OR; Portland Community College, Adjunct Professor and Lab Instructor for Conservation Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Introductory Biology 2009-2014, Portland, OR; Clark Community College, Adjunct Professor and Lab Instructure for Human Anatomy and Physiology 2008-2014, Vancouver, WA; Oregon Zoo,  Radioimmunoassay Technician 2006-2010, Portland, OR; United States Forest Service, Wildlife Biological Technician 2006, Estacada, OR; Portland State University, Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy and Physiology and Histology 2006-2014, Portland, OR; Portland State University, Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Graduate Behavioral Research 2004-2006, Portland, OR; Oregon Zoo, Research Associate 2005-2014, Portland, OR; Smithsonian Institution/National Zoological Park, Giant Panda Behavior Intern 2005, Chengdu, China; Oregon Health and Sciences University/Oregon Primate Center, Primate Research Assistant II 2003-2004, Portland, OR; Reed College, Urban Bird Behavioral Research Senior Research Thesis 2002-2003, Portland, OR; Organization of Tropical Studies, Field Research Intern 2002, Costa Rica; United States Forest Service, Type I Wildland Firefighter (Hot Shot Crew) 2002, Zig Zag, OR; United States Forest Service, Engine Crew Wildland Firefighter 1999 & 2000, Springerville, AZ.

TWS: Active member since 2006; Attends annual meetings; participates in TWS organized workshops and events since becoming a member.

Interests: Professional – Investigating management techniques through directed scientific research to improve the the success rate of endangered species conservation initiatives. Mentoring and training the next generation of conservation leaders. Promoting multi-institutional collaborations and student training between various groups working with wildlife across the state. Becoming part of the conservation solution! Personal – Horseback riding, traveling, gardening, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Member Spotlight – Wendy Wente

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Education: B.S. Biology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1992. Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001.

Present Position: Senior Ecologist and Associate at Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc., a natural resources consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Former Positions: Wildlife Biologist and Postdoctoral Researcher for USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

TWS Activities: Oregon Chapter Member since 2001. Board member in 2015 and 2016. Currently serves on the Board as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Services for Annual Meetings include: Audio/Visual Services Group in 2008, Moderator (2013 and 2016), Poster Session Organizer in 2014 and 2015, presented several papers and served in mentoring sessions over the years.

Member Spotlight – Laura Tesler

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I am originally from Flint, Michigan and I have lived in Oregon since 1989. I graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s in Fisheries Science in 1994. I am married with one sixteen year old son and I live and work in Salem.

I have worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service, and NOAA Fisheries. In 2002 I was hired by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and I have served ODFW in a variety of job capacities since then. In 2010 I was given a wonderful opportunity to begin working in the wildlife arena as the ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Coordinator and it has been a whole new fascinating world since then. I learn new wildlife things every day, and I very much appreciate being able to understand and have a basic working knowledge of both fish and wildlife in the northwest. TWS has been very helpful to me in this regard.

I bring you excellent organizing skills, solid decision making, political awareness, and thoughtful consideration of issues important to TWS and the wildlife profession. I value integration, diversity, rational minority opinion, and inclusion. I have more than four years’ experience as a TWS Board member and Vice President so I am very familiar with the inner working of Oregon TWS and can hit the ground running.

I would support the creation and execution of diverse annual meetings that address traditional “game” and “non-game” topics. I would like to see more workshops being offered through the year to TWS members and the public. I would also like to support diversity in the wildlife profession and increased student engagement through internships.