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Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator

Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator

Andrea Locke – Coordinator

Andrea Locke started as WNY PRISM Coordinator in January 2014, as the first full-time employee of WNY PRISM. Prior to working for WNY PRISM, Andrea worked for The Nature Conservancy, on a prairie restoration in Northwest Indiana and for Huron Pines in Northern Michigan, where she worked with private landowners to implement stewardship on their lands.


Dr. Christopher Pennuto, Director

Dr. Christopher Pennuto, Director

Dr. Christopher Pennuto – Director

Dr. Christopher Pennuto is a professor of biology with SUNY Buffalo State and Director of WNY PRISM. He has had a 20-year career in aquatic ecology and invasive species research with 30 publications and nearly $3 million in external funding. Chris is passionate about stream ecosystem functioning and loves doing insect identifications.



2017 WNY PRISM Seasonal Crew

WNY PRISM 2017 Summer Crew - Nick Ransbury, Heather Zimba and Kevin Sanders. Photo by WNY PRISM

WNY PRISM 2017 Summer Crew – Nick Ransbury, Heather Zimba and Kevin Sanders. Photo by WNY PRISM

Education and Outreach Assistant

Nick Ransbury has a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a concentration in Sustainability from SUNY Oswego, graduating in 2016. He has previously volunteered for the Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego, NY, managing volunteers to control invasive species. He was also an administrative assistant for NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).

Invasive Species Management Assistants

Heather Zimba is a recent graduate from SUNY JCC, with an associate’s degree in Environmental Science.  Last summer, Heather interned as a crew leader for the Project Wild America summer program at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.  As part of that program Heather had the opportunity to document and map various invasive species in Jamestown, NY.  This inspired Heather to learn more about invasive species in New York, and as part of her coursework this last spring, she completed an invasive species internship with a focus on Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  Heather is excited to work with WNY PRISM this summer, and then continue her education this fall, when she attends SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry to obtain a bachelor’s in Wildlife Science.

Kevin Sanders graduated in 2016 from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geoscience, and then began his professional career by working for the NYS Parks Service doing Aquatic Invasive Species management. Now employed at the WNY PRISM office as an Invasive Species Management Assistant, he is excited to switch to helping facilitate terrestrial control of invasive species. While not working outside, he also enjoys living it through hiking, camping or simply reading in a hammock


Please help welcome our 2017 Summer Crew!