Alexandria Pawlow is a recent graduate at the University of Wyoming, Majoring in Art with a Minor in Zoology. Alexandria has worked at the University of Wyoming's Biodiversity Institute since 2018 as a Graphic Designer, as well as helping with surveys and other similar events.
Dr. Bryan Maitland is an aquatic conservation ecologist working as the Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellow for the Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management and the University of Wisconsin’s Aquatic Science Center. Bryan’s research at the DNR focuses on untangling the effects of changing surface and ground water hydrology from climate change and human uses on trout population dynamics across the state. Prior to this position, Bryan obtained his PhD from the University of Wyoming where he worked on linking environmental change to food web dynamics in stream communities, and received his MSc. from the University of Alberta where he assessed culverts impacts on fish populations and developed a framework for prioritizing culvert restoration.
Merav Ben-David is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wyoming (UWYO). She earned her BSc in Biology (1982-1984) and MSc in Zoology (1984-1988) from Tel Aviv University in Israel and a PhD in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1990-1996). She started as an assistant professor at UWYO in 2000 and has since trained over 1,000 biologists and wildlife professionals. She was the Chief Scientist on an icebreaker expedition in the Arctic Ocean in 2009 studying polar bears; the Director of the Program in Ecology at UWYO (2016-2017); and the Chair of the Zoology and Physiology Department at UWYO (2017-2020). In 2012, she received the Barrett-Hamilton distinguished ecologist award for contributions to polar bear conservation. She won the Excellence in Wildlife Education award from the Wildlife Society in 2016 and became a Wildlife Fellow in 2017. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of Wildlife Monographs.
Melissa Connely is a professional geologist whose focus is on geoscience education as a full-time geology instructor; teaching at Casper College for about 20 years. She served as Department Chair and as the Dean for the School of Science. Melissa holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Geology from Utah State University and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Geographic Information System Technology. In her free time, Melissa provides paleo-consulting and mitigation for the energy industry.
Tara Costanzo works for the Wyoming State Forestry Division as the Community Forestry Coordinator and has been with the division since 2016. She is a member of the Wyoming Project Learning Tree Steering Committee and a PLT facilitator where she trains educators how to use the PLT environmental education curriculum to teach youth about the importance of trees and our natural resources. Additionally, Tara has assisted in teaching the Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department Forest Field Measurements course to students majoring in forestry and natural resources at the CSU Mountain Campus for several years and is excited to help you learn about Wyoming's diverse natural forests!
Scott Schell is the University of Wyoming’s extension entomology specialist based in Laramie. He earned his B.S. (1991) and M.S. degrees (1994) in entomology from U.W. and then was a research associate for Prof. Jeffrey Lockwood in the College of Agriculture for nine years. Starting in 2003, his work responsibilities changed to the identification of arthropods submitted through the Extension system to UW and providing management recommendations for arthropod pests of all sorts.
Dr. Dorothy Tuthill is Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute, charged with developing and delivering educational programs. She is an alumna of the University of Wyoming Department of Botany, with research focused on soil microfungi. Raised by entomologists and broadly trained in botany, Dorothy enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the natural world with students of all ages, and especially enjoys looking at the often missed tiny things.
Mason Lee is the senior project coordinator for the UW Biodiversity Institute. She has a B.S. and M.S. in wildlife biology and has worked with endangered reptiles and amphibians in Texas and Wyoming. Horned lizards are her passion; she has served on the Horned Lizard Conservation Society board for three years and is honored to continue working with the Society as president in 2021.
Zach Hutchinson is the Community Science Coordinator for Audubon Rockies, a partner of the Wyoming Naturalist Program. Zach is an experienced master bird bander, coordinating the monitoring efforts by Audubon Rockies in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.
Rhiannon Jakopak is a wildlife ecologist with a background researching mammal behaviors. She finds the mammals of Wyoming particularly fascinating, and spends as much time as she possibly can researching and learning from them. She is a graduate student in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Zoology at the University of Wyoming with plans to graduate in May 2021 and continue on as a research associate with the Haub School. Her research focus is on ungulate behavior and trying to understand the extent to which migratory behaviors are transferred across generations in mule deer, as well as trying to understand the daily cycles of ungulate migration.
Megan Lineweaver is a graduate student in the Science and Math Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming. She has a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries and Interpretive Biology and Natural History. Prior to starting her master’s degree, she has travelled from the East Coast to the West working as an educator at several environmental education centers.
Dr. Annika Walters is an applied aquatic ecologist who works across Wyoming to address questions that can help inform the management of fishes and aquatic ecosystems. She is an associate professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming and the Assistant Unit Leader for Fisheries for the USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Brian Sebade is a University of Wyoming Extension Educator located in southeast Wyoming. He is based in Laramie and serves Albany, Carbon, Goshen, Platte, and Laramie Counties. Brian’s focus for Extension is related to agriculture and horticulture education with a smaller focus on 4-H and youth development. A few of the major programs and subjects Brian has taught and facilitated include native plant identification and awareness, range monitoring, poisonous plants, edible plants, weed management and identification, Master Gardeners, wildflowers for reclamation and pollination, and pesticide certification.