NE ARMI Research Team

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Current and past members of the Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative

Evan Grant

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Evan Grant, Research Wildlife Biologist 

Evan began working with the NE ARMI research team in March of 2003, just in time for the breeding migration of the spotted salamanders and the beginning of the field season.  He received his PhD in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His research focuses on the movement ecology of stream amphibians, but he has other interests in ecology at larger spatial scales.

Contact Evan:413-863-2462
email: ehgrant@usgs.gov

Adrianne Brand

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Adrianne Brand, Wildlife Biologist

Adrianne joined the NE ARMI research team in May of 2009.  She received her MS in Biology at Towson University in 2008 after completing research on stormwater ponds as breeding habitats for suburban amphibian populations. Adrianne's responsibilities include data collection during the field season, database management, and writing

 

Jill Fleming, Wildlife Biologist

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Jill Fleming, Wildlife Biologist 

Jill joined the NEARMI research team in 2016 with a background in field biology. She completed her MS degree in 2018 at the University of Massachusetts where she focused on spatial ecology and population dynamics of terrestrial salamanders. Jill is especially interested in the relationships of amphibian populations to their broader ecosystems and their utility a natural resource management tool. Her role in NEARMI includes the collection of data in the field, coordination with partners, data management and analysis, and research reporting.  

 

 

Charles Shafer

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Charles Shafer, Biological Science Technician 

Charles Shafer is a wildlife technician with the Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (NEARMI) and is stationed at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  He is tasked with coordinating vernal pool and stream amphibian monitoring within the National Capital Region national parks. He administrates multiple wildlife databases on center and conducts spatial analysis on collected data.

 

 

 

Riley F. Bernard, Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Riley F. Bernard, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Riley Bernard is an applied ecologist and joined the lab in January 2017​​. Prior to joining the lab, Riley was a post-doc with the University of Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park and developed a Park-wide action plan for the endangered Indiana bat and recently listed northern long-eared bat. She obtained her Masters degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii - Hilo and her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. Her current work focuses on using Structured Decision Making (SDM) to help inform State, Federal and Provincial management agencies on how to implement proactive management decisions to combat emerging wildlife diseases such as white-nose syndrome (WNS) and salamander chytrid fungus (Bsal). Check out her personal website to learn more.

 

Brittany A. Mosher, Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Brittany A. Mosher, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Brittany is an applied ecologist who enjoys finding the right quantitative tools to help answer questions in conservation ecology. Her Ph.D. work at Colorado State University focused on understanding the disease dynamics of boreal toads and chytrid fungus in the southern Rocky Mountains, with the goal of informing conservation efforts. Brittany's postdoctoral work at Penn State is in collaboration with the US Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative, and spans a variety of amphibian taxa, threats, and regions. You can learn more about Brittany's work at brittany-a-mosher.strikingly.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Grace showing a group of school kids a frog

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Graziella V. DiRenzo, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Grace is a quantitative disease ecologist interested in epizootic and enzootic disease dynamics, community and population ecology, and amphibian conservation. To mimic natural hierarchical systems, she develops hierarchical Bayesian models, and exploit data collected over space and time to separate ecological and observational processes to answer applied and fundamental biology questions. Professional Website

 

 

 

 

 

Past Team Members

  • Robin Jung Brown, Coordinator 
  • Larissa Bailey, Coordinator 
  • Ruscena Wiederholt, Postdoctoral Research Associate 
  • Elise Zipkin, Postdoctoral Research Associate 
  • Priya Nanjappa, Biological Science Technician 
  • Sandra Mattfeldt, Biological Science Technician 
  • Eric Dallalio, Biological Science Technician 
  • Lindsay Funk, Field Technician
  • Isaac Chellman, Field Technician
  • Andy Maskell, Field Technician
  • Bill House, Field Technician
  • T. Lynette Plenderleith, Field Technician
  • Clint Otto, Field Technician
  • Kristen Cecala, Field Technician
  • Matthew Stover, Field Technician
  • Moses Michelson, Field Technician
  • Michelle Weaver, Field Technician
  • Elizabeth Straus, Field Technician
  • Lisa Wilson, Field Technician
  • Derek Bozzell, Field Technician
  • Andrew Bennett, Field Technician
  • Addison Reid, Field Technician
  • Lacy Rucker, Field Technician
  • Kathleen McCarthy, Field Technician
  • Stephen Nelson, Field Technician
  • Christina Hoh, Lab Technician
  • Tom Maigret, Field Technician
  • Kevin Oxenrider, Field Technician
  • Leslie Brinkman, Field Technician
  • Samantha Collins, Field Technician
  • Victoria Chaney, Field Technician
  • Anna Deyle, Field Technician
  • Kasey Ewing, Field Technician
  • Elise Edwards, Field Technician
  • Nathan Cullen, Field Technician
  • Garrett Sisson, Lab Technician
  • Kathleen Mahoney, Field Technician
  • Leah Nagel, Field Technician
  • (Stephen)Tyler Williams, Field Technician
  • Sarah-Jane Gerstman, Field Technician
  • Sarah McGrath, Field Technician
  • Leah Werner, Field Technician
  • Tasha Foreman, Field Technician
  • Jessica Hessong, Field Technician
  • Emily Foden, Field Technician
  • Marylou Moore, Field Technician
  • Anna Ormiston, Field Technician
  • Joseph Barron, Field Technician
  • Eric Teitsworth, Field Technician
  • Andrew Dietrich, Biological Science Technician
  • Tasha Foreman, Wildlife Biologist
  • Will Fields, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Rachel Katz, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Sean Sterrett, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Viviana Ruiz, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Amber Wiewel, Database Technician