Terry Wheeler, president
Terry Wheeler is an Associate Professor in entomology at McGill University in Montreal, with a focus in insect taxonomy, phylogeny and community ecology. He has also been a natural historian probably since his first mouthful of dirt, although he did not realize it at the time. Natural history flows through much of what he teaches and as well as his research. Terry is the director of the Lyman Entomological Museum, a collection of three million unique volumes of biodiversity data, each impaled on a pin or floating in a vial. The museum’s research in insect taxonomy helps unravel patterns of ecological structure in arthropod communities in habitats from temperate forests to high arctic tundra, and from human-altered, restored and pristine sites.
Red Rock Institute
Patty Zaradic is a conservation ecologist whose work combines social science and ecological approaches to address pressing conservation issues. A stream ecologist by training, a mother by choice, and a passionate advocate for the importance of natural history, she is the co-founder of the Red Rock Institute, a non-profit research organization focused on understanding the changing human relationships with nature.
John Anderson, treasurer
College of the Atlantic
John Anderson currently holds the William H. Drury, Jr. Chair in Ecology and Natural History at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he has taught for over twenty years. After studying pelicans in the Great Basin Desert he turned to the conservation and study of marine birds and the relationship between cultural history and ecological patterns on Maine’s coastal islands. He also studies the history of Natural History. He recently served as President of the Society for Human Ecology, and as the first Chair of the Human Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America.
University of Vermont
Audrey Clark is a Digitization Specialist at the Pringle Herbarium at the University of Vermont and a freelance nature writer. Her work at the Pringle Herbarium focuses on moving images and data from 300,000 plant, lichen, algae, and fungi specimens into the digital world, where they can be accessed by naturalists around the world. Her environmental writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Northern Woodlands and the Burlington Free Press. Audrey feels at home in the desert and upland Southwest and in the forests of the Northeast.
Mono Lake Committee
Arya Degenhardt is the Communications Director for the Mono Lake Committee, a non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in California. She coordinates efforts to inform the public about the Committee’s policy and education work to promote cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake, and invoke passion on its behalf. She has explored the Mono Basin as a naturalist, photographer, and advocate for over a decade.
Western Washington University
Rob Rich is a naturalist and writer based in the Padden Creek watershed of Bellingham, Washington. After his education in Montana and Vermont, Rob worked in salmon conservation and environmental education along the coast of Maine. In addition to his role as a naturalist for the Whatcom Land Trust and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Rob works with the writing program at Western Washington University. His essays have appeared with Sierra, Camas, Northern Woodlands, Adirondack Journal for Environmental Studies, and High Country News.
Stephen C. Trombulak, journal editor
Steve Trombulak holds the Professorship of Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of natural history and conservation biology, particularly related to birds, mammals, and beetles. Steve has studied the natural history and ecology of the Northern Appalachian Mountains since the mid-1980’s, and has participated in numerous projects related to conservation planning throughout the region. He is the author of several articles and books, including The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History and, most recently, Landscape-scale Conservation Planning.
Photographs by Benjamin Drummond