Matt Shinderman, Co-Director

Matt is a senior instructor of natural resources and program lead for the sustainability double degree at OSU-Cascades. He teaches courses ranging from endangered species ecology to rangeland ecosystem management, and his scholarly interests include sustainability in brewery and vineyard settings, ecological assessment of urban landscapes, ecological restoration and species adaptation to climate change. Under the HERS umbrella, Matt is working with the National Park Service to manage a park studies unit at OSU-Cascades which serves as a nexus for research, management recommendations, and curricula related to management of U.S. national parks.
OSU-Cascades profile
OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife profile

Thomas Rodhouse (NPS), Co-Director

Tom is an ecologist with the National Parks Service. He directs monitoring and related research projects in National Park units across the West. He uses a biogeographical approach to answer ecological questions with a focus on the role of fire, climate, and other forces on patterns of species distribution and abundance. He has a particular interest in the processes of range dynamics -- persistence, contraction, and biological invasion -- and uses predictive models to try to bridge the gap between science production and evidence-based decision-making. His current projects include studies of fire effects on demographic rates of the endemic Lemhi penstemon, ecological resiliency to disturbance and resistance to weed invasion of protected-area sagebrush steppe, monitoring of bats at range-wide scales, and understanding the enigmatic persistence of low-elevation American pika metapopulations.
OSU-Cascades profile

Melissa Nicolli (NPS), Botany Technician

Melissa works as a biological science technician crew lead for the Upper Columbia Basin Network and has been doing field-based vegetation and vertebrate work for the National Park Service since 2013. Melissa earned an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology, with an emphasis in botany, from Southeast Missouri State University. In addition to her time with the NPS, she has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. In her free time, Melissa enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, and attending live music events.

Diana Popp, Project Manager

Diana has a background in wildlife field studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), art and photography. After earning a bachelor of science degree, Diana participated in a variety of wildlife research projects, including Oregon silverspot butterfly monitoring on Cascade Head, cavity-nesting bird surveys in Central Oregon, and wintering eagle distribution and bald eagle nest site observation studies with the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Upon completion of a post-bac certificate of GIS, she participated in Matt Shinderman’s initial study documenting American pikas (Ochotona princeps) at low-elevation lava flows in Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At the HERS Lab, Diana serves as project manager, pika survey crew lead and GIS mapping specialist. Her research interests include using observational studies, photography and GIS analysis to document pika behavior and distribution in lava flow environments.

Roger Rodriguez, Bat Program Coordinator

Roger is the program coordinator for the Northwestern Hub for Bat Population Research and Monitoring and has been coordinating Oregon’s statewide bat monitoring effort since 2016. Roger manages ecological monitoring and research projects focused on bats across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In particular, he coordinates large scale, multi-stakeholder acoustic monitoring projects such as the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat). Although broadly interested in mammalogy and bat biology, Roger’s current interests involve using a diversity of tools in ecological studies of bats to support and advance their conservation in light of recent developing threats. Prior to joining the HERS Lab, he worked extensively on bat and wind energy issues including working with industry to evaluate the impacts to bats from operating wind energy developments.

Devin Stucki (NPS), Botanist

Devin is an ecologist with the National Park Service Upper Columbia Basin Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. He leads fieldwork for several terrestrial vegetation monitoring projects including long-term monitoring of sagebrush steppe vegetation, rare plants, and pests, pathogens, and stand dynamics of high-elevation white pines. Devin earned an M.S. in forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University, studying the effects of traditional harvest and climate on common camas populations in Weippe Prairie, Idaho, and has research interests in traditional ecological knowledge, forest pathology, and lichenology. Devin received a B.S. in botany from Oregon State University.

Kathi Irvine, Research Statistician

Kathi is a research statistician with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman, Montana. She and her team provide statistical support to ecologists and biologists charged with monitoring natural resources on federal and state lands, and works closely with the HERS Lab, Northwestern Bat Hub and with the National Park Service Upper Columbia Basin Network. Kathi develops survey design and analysis strategies for a variety of plants, animals, and other ecological indicators. She supports monitoring of whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and co-authored the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) plan, has developed occupancy modeling strategies for bats across the Pacific Northwest, analysis of submerged aquatic vegetation on refuges in the Intermountain West, and modeling of upland plant communities within several national parks.
U.S. Geological Survey profile

Corrinne Oedekerk, Research Assistant

Corrinne works as a research assistant and remote camera specialist for the Lab. Corrinne began using remote cameras as an undergraduate to determine competitive behavior between common ravens and turkey vultures and later applied her knowledge of their utility to study American pika behavior and occurrence. In addition to her remote camera work, Corrinne has been a member of the American Pika Monitoring Project for three seasons and has assisted in the development of a scientific synthesis of sagebrush steppe resilience and resistance. Corrinne graduated with a B.S. in natural resources policy and management from Oregon State University - Cascades, where she became increasingly passionate about wildlife conservation. She is currently seeking her graduate certificate in wildlife management through Oregon State University.

Trent Hawkins

Trent is a jack-of-all trades for the HERS Lab. He assists with data management, coordination of summer field crews, and many other projects at the Northwest Bat Hub, and previsouly served as our volunteer coordinator for the Central Oregon Spotted Bat Project. He came to the Lab in 2017 after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in wildlife biology and has been with us ever since. When he isn’t helping us push bat conservation, you can find him rock climbing on the cliffs at nearby Smith Rock State Park.

Sara Rose

Sara joined the HERS Lab in 2018 as a seasonal field technician for the Bat Hub. Since then, she has served as crew lead and assisted with  data management, call processing, and outreach. Currently, Sara is serving as the Spotted Bat Volunteer Coordinator and is working on establishing long-term monitoring sites across the Pacific Northwest. Sara received her B.S. from Oregon State University - Cascades in natural resources fish and wildlife conservation. Before working on the bat crew, she completed wildlife research internships with the Deschutes National Forest and with Cardiff University at their research center in Malaysia. In her spare time, Sara has participated in Sierra Nevada red fox and golden eagle research. She currently helps run a local community organization for women in the conservation field.

 

Amber Lamet

Amber has been a team member of the American Pika Monitoring Project for two years. Her official role in the Lab is the harbinger of wild laughter. She has her B.S. in natural resources fish and wildlife conservation and is currently seeking her Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate through Oregon State University. She is currently working to understand the relationship between vespid wasps and the rare Lemhi penstemon, which is endemic to Idaho and Montana.  Her work will help to uncover the influence the wasp has on the penstemon’s limited habitat distribution.

Ben Neece, Data Manager

Ben is a research analyst at the Northwest Bat Hub in the HERS Lab, where he studies bat species occurrences and habitat associations throughout the region, primarily through acoustic surveys based on the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat). Before joining the Lab, Ben gained a diverse background in wildlife ecology through his education and field experience with mammal and avian research in the Midwest, West, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. He began studying bats for his master’s research in South Carolina in 2015, where he was one of the first researchers to establish the NABat monitoring protocol. Ben also worked with state biologists in Maryland to adopt NABat, conduct bat mist netting surveys and assist with winter hibernacula bat counts.

Savannah Thomson

Savannah is a research analyst and GIS specialist for the HERS Lab. She received her B.A. in sustainability from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville then moved to Oregon to further her education at Oregon State University. She received a professional science master's degree with a focus in natural resources and a graduate GIS certificate. She describes herself as an academic generalist that loves learning and in her free time you can find her rock climbing, snowboarding or just snuggling her dogs.

Jeff Lonneker

Jeff received a B.S. in natural resource science and wildlife ecology from Washington State University in Pullman, then an M.S. in forest resources from the University of Idaho in Moscow. Jeff brings a broad geospatial skillset and natural resource management experience to the UCBN data manager position. His professional experience includes working for the USGS GAP Analysis Program, the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resources, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Gordon Dicus

Gordon has worked for the National Park Service over 15 years and has a background in wildlife biology, holding a B.S. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. After 10 years of field-oriented work on various wildlife projects, Gordon's work began focusing on GIS and database development, and on project management. Gordon served as data manager for over four years, then in 2012 moved into the Upper Columbia Basin Network program manager position.