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Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator

Andrea Locke, 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 large scale, high diversity prairie restoration in Northwest Indiana and for Huron Pines in northern Michigan, where she coordinated a partnership network focused on working with private landowners in order to help implement stewardship on their lands.

Contact:  [email protected]

 

Lucy Nuessle, Project Manager

Lucy Nuessle, Project Manager

Lucy Nuessle – Project Manager

Lucy Nuessle was welcomed back to WNY PRISM as our new Projects Manager in 2017, after spending a summer with us as one of our Invasive Species Management Assistants in 2015. Prior to returning, Lucy spent a number of years working in the nursery and agricultural fields, as well as the conservation field where she previously worked as a Naturalist Intern at Reinstein Woods and a DEC Giant Hogweed Crew Member. Lucy graduated from University at Buffalo in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry and Social Sciences.

Contact:  [email protected]

 

Brittany Hernon Project Manager

Brittany Hernon – Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group Project Manager

Brittany Hernon started with WNY PRISM in November 2017. Prior to working with WNY PRISM Brittany worked on invasive species surveys in the Adirondacks and Long Island and species distribution modeling as a graduate student at Stony Brook University. She also worked on hummingbird surveys and nectar studies with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network in Patagonia, Arizona and enjoys volunteering at Reinstein Woods. Brittany completed her undergraduate work at SUNY at Geneseo and received her M.A. in Biological Sciences and Applied Ecology from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Contact:  [email protected]

 

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.

Contact:  [email protected]

 

 

2018 WNY PRISM Seasonal Crew

Education and Outreach Assistant

Summer 2018 Management and Outreach Assistants – Julia Kostin, Rebecca Mann and Emily Thiel. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

Summer 2018 Management and Outreach Assistants – Julia Kostin, Rebecca Mann and Emily Thiel. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

Emily Thiel is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, focusing on Environment, Communication, and Society and a Master of Science in Environmental Science concentrating on Biophysical and Ecological Economics. Emily has also completed her Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking and sewing.

Invasive Species Management Assistants

Julia Kostin is a recent graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and a minor in Studio Art. For the past two summers, Julia has worked for the Lake Champlain Research Institute as a lab technician, researching the invasive spiny water flea and their seasonal growth patterns. In 2015, Julia was an environmental steward for Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. Her responsibilities included managing a naturalized butterfly garden by removing invasive species like pale swallow-wort and replacing them with native plants, in addition to public education. She is excited to join WNY PRISM to learn about new management strategies and help with outreach events

Rebecca Mann is a recent graduate from University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience. Last fall, Rebecca interned with Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District doing North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative surveys. The surveys measured aquatic passibility in culverts and bridges throughout Erie County. She is excited to start her position at WNY PRISM as an Invasive Species Management Assistant and looks forward to learning more about the best management practices for terrestrial invasive species

Watercraft Inspection Stewards

WNY PRISM Boat Stewards – Parker Everhart and Morgan Beatey. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

WNY PRISM Boat Stewards – Parker Everhart and Morgan Beatey. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

Morgan Beatey is a senior at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus on Policy Planning and Law. She is the president and editor of the college’s newspaper, The Knothole, and will also be taking on the head editor position for the school’s yearbook come fall. This summer she is working as the Lead Watercraft Inspection Steward for WNY PRISM along the Erie Canal and Tonawanda River and greatly looks forward to interacting with those who frequent their waters.

Parker Everhart is originally from Dunkirk, Maryland and graduated from SUNY ESF in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science. His interest in invasive species was sparked by a research project studying the habitat of New England Cottontail and looking at the effects of invasives on native undergrowth. He now works as a boat steward on Cuba Lake in Allegany County.

Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group

GIS Technician

Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group 2018 Staff (left to right) Kathleen McCormick, Emily Doores, Brittany Hernon, Rachel Bonafilia and Melissa Boglioli.

Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group 2018 Staff (left to right) Kathleen McCormick, Emily Doores, Brittany Hernon, Rachel Bonafilia and Melissa Boglioli.

Melissa Boglioli is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. She has used GIS to analyze species distribution of gopher tortoises as part of her Master of Science in Zoology and Wildlife Science from Auburn University, as well as in her work doing impact analyses as an environmental consultant on Long Island and as a GIS Specialist for an engineering firm over last 7 years in Buffalo. She is looking forward to applying her skills to mapping the occurrences of slender false brome and providing insight into the distribution, habitat suitability and potential pattern of spread for this invasive species!

Survey and Monitoring Technicians

Rachel Bonafilia is a rising senior at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science. This winter she was in Montana keeping an eye on the last wild herd of bison in North America. She has a passion for protecting native flora and preserving wildlands in their original state. In her free time she loves to go birding and make blueberry jam. Her favorite native plant is spotted wintergreen. This summer, Rachel is proud to be surveying New York for slender false brome and collecting data. Her favorite part of the internship is when she can report that there was no slender false brome found in the area.

Emily Doores is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability with a concentration in ecology. For the past two summers, Emily has worked as a wildlife technician researching fawn survival in Fort Drum, NY. She also served as a tree climbing instructor during her time at Cornell. She is enjoying her time as a survey technician and likes having the opportunity to be outside every day and survey the trails of Western New York. In her spare time, she likes to crochet and explore thrift stores.

Kathleen McCormick joined WNY PRISM in June 2018. She is part of the team that is focused on improving the management of slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) within New York State and the Great Lakes Basin. She came to WNY PRISM from the Western New York Land Conservancy where she was responsible for conserving land, monitoring conservation easements and managing nature preserves. She has a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.A. in ecological landscape design and planning from the Conway School and a B.S. in biology from the University of California-Irvine. Kathleen’s training and experience has taught her that healthy land means healthy people. She is delighted to be part an organization that is enhancing the health of Western New York’s lands.

Please help welcome our 2018 Summer Crew!