2013 ACE FWS Interagency Wilderness Fellows
Paul recently finished his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, studying vegetation and animal distributions in the Somuncura Plateau of Argentina. He has a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, which has helped him with some of the technical work he’s done with remote sensing and GIS technologies. Paul is interested in wildlife and land conservation, and has done projects in Kenya, Nebraska, China, and California looking at wildlife distribution, animal behavior and communication, invasive plant species. He also enjoys working with camera trapping and GPS collars. His interests include hiking, camping, movies, and traveling. Paul will be serving as the Wilderness Fellow at Koyukuk and Innoko National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.
Tom graduated from Ursinus College in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology. Tom also studied ecology, biodiversity, and coastal management at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. He interned as an assistant keeper with the Live Animal Center at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He worked on developing an interdisciplinary restoration/management plan for Hunsberger Woods. He also started a long-term ecological study of avian biodiversity and abundance through the Ursinus College Biology Department. In his spare time, Tom enjoys rock climbing, biking, bird watching, tennis, scuba diving, and cars. Tom served as a 2012 USFWS Wilderness Fellow at Bitter Lake NWR and Wichita Mountains NWR, and will be serving as the Wilderness Fellow at Swanquarter, Blackbeard Island, and Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuges.
Nyssa graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Land Use in May 2013. While earning her degree, Nyssa worked as a wilderness ranger for the National Park Service in Utah and the Forest Service in Alaska. She currently has an article in press in the International Journal of Wilderness on commonality in wilderness character. Nyssa has also spent time in Indonesia, where she researched secular and sacred forestry practices in Bali. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, telemark skiing, reading, and crossword puzzles. She plans to return to school for a graduate degree in the near future and hopes to continue working with wilderness and public land management. Nyssa will be serving as the Wilderness Fellow at the Oregon Islands and Farallon National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon and California.
Franklin received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, in May 2010, and completed his Master’s in Geoscience from the University of Montana in August 2012. His Master’s thesis research focused on sediment supply and dynamics in the Bill Williams River in western Arizona to aid in the development of an environmental flow plan for the dammed river. After receiving his Master’s, he conducted a hydrology and hydrogeology study for the National Park Service in the Mojave National Preserve, CA, collecting biologic and geologic data for springs and seeps in the preserve to determine why many water features have variable persistence. He is fascinated by interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences, and in his spare time he enjoys backcountry camping, rock climbing, skiing, and running. Franklin will serve as the Wilderness Fellow for the Selawik and Arctic National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.
Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and minor in Geography with a focus was on environmental law and decision-making. While at UNC, Molly attended the Albemarle Ecological Field Site in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she studied ecology, law and policy, human-environment interactions, and renewable energy options for coastal communities. In Manteo, she proposed environmentally conscious amendments to several town ordinances, developed a storm-water mitigation plan for the town, and proposed a cost-effective curbside recycling program. A returning wilderness fellow, Molly has worked at national wildlife refuges in southwest Arizona and across Florida where she gained extensive experience working on endangered species monitoring and recovery programs and environmental education and outreach. She enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, traveling, nature photography, and live music. Molly will be working at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and the Leadville Fish Hatchery in Colorado.
Elizabeth is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. While earning her degree she spent a semester studying tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica and, post-graduation, participated in ecological research projects in Ecuador and Honduras. At home in the U.S., Elizabeth has worked for the Forest Service in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for the past three summer seasons supporting the Superior National Forest’s wilderness management program. She has also taken continuing education courses in wilderness management and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys learning new languages, singing, and being outside canoeing, hiking, and attempting to skijor with her unruly dogs. Elizabeth will serve as a Wilderness Fellow in the Black Elk Wilderness of the Black Hills National Forest.
Anna received her master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013, and her undergraduate degree from the same department in 2008. Her graduate research focused on clarifying the role that invasive North American bullfrogs play in acting as a disease reservoir for an amphibian pathogen in Colorado. The ultimate goal of her master’s research was to provide information that may facilitate the management of invasive bullfrog populations and mitigate the impact of disease on native amphibian populations. Before beginning graduate school she worked on a project studying declining amphibian populations in Colorado, trapped mosquitos for a West Nile Virus project in Washington D.C., and also spent a year living in China. When she’s not busy catching frogs, she enjoys hiking, running, biking, cross country skiing and attempting to learn to fly fish. Anna will be the Wilderness Fellow for the Togiak and Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.
Kelly graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2012, where she earned her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology. She studied tropical biodiversity and conservation biology issues in Costa Rica; socio-ecological systems and environmental policy in Indonesia; and developed an economic tool for the conservation of the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Biosphere Reserve in Colombia. Kelly started working as a Wilderness fellow for the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012. She has prepared wilderness character assessments for refuges in Alaska, Florida and South Carolina. This year Kelly will be working with the National Park Service on three proposed wilderness areas in Utah and Arizona: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arches NP, and Canyonlands National Park. In addition to all things outdoors, Kelly will always enjoy a competitive game of Ultimate Frisbee.
Sarah is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation. As a student, she travelled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to study insect and plant biodiversity. After graduation, she spent a year in northern California, exploring public land in her free time while working at Point Reyes National Seashore monitoring a wide variety of wildlife species, including Tule elk, northern elephant seals, northern spotted owls, and the snowy plover. Sarah has most recently worked at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, where she assisted USFWS and USGS staff with extensive waterfowl and song bird monitoring, implementing new survey initiatives associated with song bird and lepidopteron biodiversity, and capturing sea birds for wind farm studies throughout the Chesapeake bay region. Sarah hopes to pursue further education in biodiversity and conservation efforts. When she’s not migrating with flocks, Sarah enjoys birding, hiking, and throwing a Frisbee around in the great outdoors. She will be serving as the Wilderness Fellow at Lostwood and Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuges.