These are people who have been a part of the project in the past, and whose efforts have been vital to the continuation of the project.
Amy Fontaine – Volunteer, Humboldt State University
Amy is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University. She has howled with wolves, swam with dolphins, and is very excited to study fishers this summer. This is Amy’s first foray into field work, and she’s loving every moment. In her free time, Amy plays Super Smash Bros. Melee with the boys.
Colin Beach – Scientific Aide, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Garik Sadovy – Intern, North Carolina State University
Garik is a materials science engineering student at NC State University and teaches Lifestyle Design classes for the Honors Program. He was involved with the fisher project during the summer of 2010 as a research intern with Robert Swiers and doubled as a cook and general healthy-choices guru. Garik is currently in Indonesia studying environmental management enforcement strategies.
Laura McMahon – Field Lead – Small Mammal Crew, Sierra Pacific Industries,
Laura is a wildlife technician for Sierra Pacific. She earned a Wildlife BS in 2011 from Oregon State University, and she has worked a variety of field positions doing habitat assessments, small mammal trapping, California condor monitoring, and sea turtle conservation. She will be starting her MS degree at University of Idaho in the fall studying movement patterns of pygmy rabbits.
Matt Reno – Biologist, Sierra Pacific Industries
Matt Reno graduated from Humboldt State University in 2005 with a degree in Wildlife Management and has worked with fishers for 5 years. Prior to working on the northern Sierra Nevada reintroduction project, Matt was involved with a study of home range and reproductive success of fishers on Sierra Pacific and Roseburg timberlands near the Hayfork and Castle Crags regions of California. While working on the two projects he has had the opportunity to observe unique fisher behaviors and work with a variety of very talented and enthusiastic people.
May Dixon – Intern
Nicole Collins – Scientific Aide, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Nicole obtained an A.S. degree in Natural Resources from College of the Siskiyous. She worked with CA Fish and Wildlife for two seasons on the Ecosystem Biodiversity Monitoring project. She worked on the EKSA project as well. Nicole moved to the coast of Humboldt County to pursue her education further.
Tatiana Gettelman graduated from the University of Idaho in 2009 with a degree in conservation biology and a minor in wildlife resources. She has previously worked with Lewis’s woodpeckers, pygmy rabbits, American martens, small mammals in Arizona, and Greater sage-grouse. Fishers are one of her favorite species, and she’s excited to volunteer for this project through the winter.