Ben Szydlowski
Ben Szydlowski Student Program Recruiter Fall 2017 Biography Ben received his BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont in 2017. After completing his degree, he spent three months in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia, conducting population research on black bears with the University of Tennessee. During his junior year, Ben spent the 2016…
Valeria Briones
Valeria Briones Patagonia Program Assistant Biography Valeria has a BSc degree from Dominican University of California in Biology and Environmental Studies/Ecology. Her field of interest is restoration ecology and her work has ranged from non-native invasive trout removal in Grand Canyon National Park to vegetative restoration in Yosemite National Park. In addition, she has worked…
Alexandra Diemer
Alexandra Diemer Associate Director of Student Programs Biography Alexandra is a native Minnesotan with an itch to travel. She completed a BA in Biology from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 2011 and an MA in International Development Practice in 2014 from the Humphrey School of Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Alexandra developed…
Chris Smith
Chris Smith Conservation Scientist, Costa Rica Instructor Biography Chris has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation and an MSc in Wildlife Biology, both from Humboldt State University, California. His research interests have been directed mostly at birds, including nest searching in Peru, Saker Falcon work in Mongolia, Stitchbird nest monitoring in New Zealand, bird banding in Costa Rica and Kenya,…
Samara Moreira Müller
Samara Moreira Müller Conservation Scientist, Botswana & Patagonia Instructor Biography Samara has a BSc degree from University of São Paulo and has earned her MSc degree in Wildlife Conservation from Federal University of São Carlos in 2016. She has been working in large-sized carnivore conservation projects since 2008, and has worked with jaguars, pumas and maned…
Manuela Méndez Herranz
Manuela Méndez Herranz Conservation Scientist, Patagonia Lecturer Biography Manuela holds a BS in Biology at the Universidad Católica and an MSc in botany from the University of Concepción. She has worked in different long-term socio-ecological projects in Magallanes, Chiloé, Santiago and Colombia doing research, conservation and environmental education. Her research interests include: plant ecology, positive interactions…
Scott Braddock
Scott Braddock Conservation Scientist, Patagonia & Costa Rica Instructor Biography Scott received a BSc in Geology from Central Connecticut State University and an MSc in Earth and Climate Sciences from the University of Maine. His field research has ranged from studying past climate variations in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and Peruvian Andes to studies…
Kyla Zaret
Kyla Zaret Conservation Scientist, Patagonia Instructor Biography Kyla holds a BA in Biology from Reed College, an MSc in Natural Resource Conservation/International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana, and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Earth, Environment and Society at Portland State University.  She has conducted fieldwork on a variety of subjects…
Trent Alvey
Trent Alvey Trustee Biography A visual artist, Trent describes her work as observing and investigating phenomenon— Light, Sound, Color Form and Periodicity. Her work has been displayed in New York City, Vancouver, Windhoek, Salt Lake City and the National Gallery for Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
Peter F. Gerity
Peter F. Gerity
Peter F. Gerity Trustee Biography Dr. Gerity, co-founder of RRCS, has held research fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Duke and Virginia Tech Institutes for Oceanographic Research. Pete is currently serving as President of AMS, Inc. and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Museum of…