Name and qualifications of New York Bioscape Initiative Collaborators

Name and qualifications of New York Bioscape Initiative Collaborators

Wildlife Trust Personnel

Dr. Fred Koontz, Executive Vice Presidient. Dr. Koontz has worldwide experience in directing community-based wildlife conservation programs, and has expertise in managing endangered species recovery teams, conducting animal behavior research, and in communicating complex environmental issues to a broad array of constituencies. Dr. Koontz will provide overall leadership of the New York Bioscape Initiative. An 18-year resident of the region, Dr. Koontz lived for 10 years in Bronx County and for the last eight years in Garrison, Putnam County.

Dr. Alonso Aguirre, Director for Conservation Medicine. Dr. Aguirre is one of the founders of the new discipline of conservation medicine, and is an authority on the relationship between wildlife health and conservation, particularly in marine mammals and sea turtles. He holds advanced degrees in veterinary medicine, wildlife management, and wildlife epidemiology.

Dr. Peter Daszak, Executive Director, Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM). The CCM is a collaborative venture between Wildlife Trust, Harvard Medical School''s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and the National Wildlife Health Center. Dr. Daszak''s research addresses the links between human alterations to the environment, wildlife disease, public health, and biodiversity.

Susan Elbin, Senior Program Officer. Ms. Elbin holds a Master''s degree in behavioral ecology, and has 15 years experience in environmental education and project management. Ms. Elbin will coordinate public education activities, conduct research on waterbirds, and assist with program administration.

Dr. Kathryn McGonigle, Conservation Medicine Intern. Dr. McGonigle is a graduate of Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and, in addition to her V.M.D., holds a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. McGonigle is studying sea turtle health and epidemiology in the NY Bioscape.

Dr. Scott Newman, Conservation Medicine Scientist. Dr. Newman is both a veterinarian and holds a Ph.D. in comparative pathology. In addition, he has completed a residency program in toxicology. Dr. Newman will be joining the Wildlife Trust staff in early February 2003 to conduct conservation medicine activities in the New York Bioscape.

Dr. Mary Pearl, President. Dr. Pearl has extensive experience in establishing new conservation programs, having helped launch the Wildlife Trust Alliance, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and the Consortium of Conservation Medicine. Dr. Pearl is participating in New York Bioscape Initiative''s strategic planning, project and program evaluation, and overall development.

Mr. Michael Wilkinson, The Wild Ones Online, Director. Mr. Wilkinson is a New York middle school science teacher and founder of Wildlife Trust''s awarding-winning youth education website (www.thewildones.org). He is developing an online curriculum module for the NY Bioscape that emphasizes regional "sense of place."

Primary Collaborators 2002/2003

Carol Ash, Executive Director, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain, New York

Michelle Ashkin, Graduate Student, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, New York

John Brady, Forest Manager, Black Rock Forest Consortium, Cornwall, New York

Dr. Joanna Burger Distinguished Professor of Biology, Division of Life Sciences, Nelson Biological Laboratories, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey

Robert DiGiovanni, The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Riverhead, New York

Kim Durham, The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Riverhead, New York

Dr. Michael Gochfeld, Professor, Department of Environmental & Community Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey

Andres Gomez, Ph.D. Student, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, New York

Rebecca Johnson, Program Coordinator, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, New York

Dr. William Lynn, Research Scholar and Executive Director, Center for Humans and Nature, Beacon, New York

John Mickelson, Land Information Specialist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University, Palisades, New York

Dr. Stephen Morreale, Senior Research Associate, Department of Natural
Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Dr. Larry Niles, Department Chief, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Nongame and Endangered Species Program, Trenton, New Jersey

Dr. Scott Boomer, Post Doctoral Scientist, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Dr. Cheryl Ryder, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Kris Schantz, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Nongame and Endangered Species Program, Trenton, New Jersey

Dr. William Schuster, Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium, Cornwall, New York

Kimberly Tripp, Research Coordinator, Jamaica Bay Institute, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York

Mike Valent, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Nongame and Endangered Species Program, Trenton, New Jersey

Peter Winkler, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Nongame and Endangered Species Program, Trenton, New Jersey