Category Archives: Member Spotlight
Running for: Board Position
Education: Rutgers University, BS, East Stroudsburg University, MS
Present Position/Employment: Health and Population Laboratory Biologist, Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Former Positions/Employment: APHIS Wildlife Services New Jersey, Wildlife Technician, focused on wildlife management and control for Middlesex County, NJ parks (2014-16); ODFW, Wildlife Health Lab Biologist (2013-2014); National Park Service, Biological Technician, focused on invasive species management, white-tail deer management, and carnivore surveys (2013): Normandeau Associates, INC, Wildlife Technician, focused on bat surveys (2012-2013); East Stroudsburg University, graduate assistant, examining interspecific competition between foxes and coyotes (2009-2012); USGS, Wolf Technician (2009); NJ Fish and Wildlife, Intern, Black Bear Program (2008).
TWS Activities: Member since 2009, Speaker at multiple conferences. I was the Secretary for the state chapter in New Jersey before moving to Oregon. I have also been the chair of a planning committee for the national conference when it was in Pittsburg, PA and was the chair of a board selection committee for the Pennsylvania Chapter. Current member of ORTWS Grant committee
ORTWS Goals: I would like to contribute to the growth of ORTWS and help plan the chapter meetings. I would like to assist in the expansion of working workshops and early career development.
Interests (Professional and/or Personal): Professional- Wildlife disease outbreak, wildlife disease transmission and spread through a population and landscape, predator-prey dynamic, interspecific competition, intraspecific competition, effect of top-order predators on a landscape, population health (age class, reproductive success rates, and sex ratios). Personal- Cycling, backpacking, kayaking, hunting, and exploring the PNW. Getting the kiddo outdoors and playing in the rain.
Running for: Board Position
Education: B.S. Wildlife Biology – University of Montana; M.Sc. Biology – University of Western Ontario
Present Position/Employment: Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), Inc. – Project Manager/Wildlife Biologist, Corvallis, OR. Affiliated/Adjunct faculty – Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Dept., New Mexico State University.
Former Positions/Employment: Associate Professor/Department Chair – Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso. Owner/Operator of Bosque Wildlife and Habitat (small biological consulting firm). AD fire personnel (READ, BIOL, THSP) for the Lincoln National Forest, NM. Multiple previous positions.
TWS Activities: Past-President of New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2015), current Board Member of NMTWS (term expiring February 2018), Board Member of NMTWS since 2013. Founded Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2012. Member of New Mexico Conservation Affairs Committee since 2014 (term expiring February 2018). Arrangements Committee Chair for Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society in Albuquerque (2017). Permanent member of Parent Society “North American Committee” for planning of Annual Conference(s) – working directly with Parent Society on Cleveland (2018) and Reno (2019). Long-time member of TWS College and University Education Working Group, Forestry and Wildlife Working Group, and Renewable Energy Working Group. Helped plan several Joint Annual Meeting(s) of New Mexico and Arizona Chapters of TWS (and NM/AZ AFS). Revised/updated by-laws of NMTWS in 2015 in conjunction with NMTWS Board. Multiple presentations at local, regional, and annual TWS conferences.
ORTWS Goals: I would like to continue to be involved with TWS at the local level. I feel that I can not only provide a conduit to the Parent Society for ORTWS, but I can bring my experience with helping plan regional TWS conferences and the Annual Conference of TWS to ORTWS. I’ve also worked extensively with student chapters and on student activities, and can bring this experience to bear, as needed, to ORTWS. I think The Wildlife Society is a great organization, and I would like to continue to give back!
Interests (Professional and/or Personal): In addition to my work with WEST, I continue to be interested in the interface of forest restoration and endangered species conservation (which I worked on somewhat extensively in the Southwest). I’m also an EMT with a variety of ancillary medical qualifications, and I’m interested in remote and emergent medical support. I have two young daughters who are the center of my world, and when I have time (which isn’t often anymore) I like to fish, hunt, run rivers and hike. I also love traveling with my family.
Running for: Board Position
Education: BS in Environmental Studies/Theatre Arts, Gettysburg College, PA, MPS in Conservation Biology, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Present Position/Employment: Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS, Wildlife Services
Former Positions/Employment: Biological Science Technician, U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS, Veterinary Services
TWS Activities: Leadership Institute Class of 2017, Early Career Professionals Working Group Board Member, Associate Wildlife Biologist certified, spearheading a new TWS mentorship program
ORTWS Goals: I am interested on building mentorship for students, early career professionals, and professionals at any stage in their career. I have been involved in creating networking and mentorship opportunities for the 2018 ORTWS conference and would like to expand this role as a Board Member. I think the networking socials in different cities throughout Oregon that were done this past year would be great to continue. I also hope to expand opportunities for interaction between ORTWS members and member benefits.
Interests (Professional and/or Personal): Professionally, I am interested in invasive species and wildlife damage management issues. Personally, I advocate for public lands by telling the stories of everyday people through interviews on my blog; I also hike, kayak, and work as a stagehand for theatres.
Running for: Secretary
Education: Bachelors in Fish and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University
Present Position/Employment: Wildlife Technician for Weyerhaeuser
Former Positions/Employment: Fish and Wildlife Technician for Plum Creek (2 seasons), Prescribed Burn Team Lead for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildland Firefighter for USFS in Cottage Grove (5 seasons), Wildlife Biology Technician for BLM (Colorado), Fish Biology Technician for USFS (Boise National Forest)
TWS Activities: I have recently become a member of TWS outside of being a student, but I am excited to be more involved.
ORTWS Goals: My goals for ORTWS are to help students understand the benefits and knowledge of what private timber companies such as Weyerhaeuser has to offer.
Interests (Professional and/or Personal): I love photography, hiking, outdoors, and spending time with my dog and husband.