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Meet Our People

Graduate Students

Emily Branigan

Education: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Oregon State University, OR

Experience: Instructor for Wallowa Resources’ Youth Education Program in Enterprise, Oregon. Fish biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Enterprise, Oregon.

Interests: fly fishing, backpacking, kickboxing, looking for herps, traveling, and spending time with my dog.

Hometown: Enterprise, OR


Kelsey Bullock

Education: B.S. Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, ID

Experience: Marine Stewardship Environmental Educator, Wildlife and forestry technician, undergraduate researcher, animal science and veterinary science background, and MOSS Day Camp Instructor.

Interests: Hiking, backpacking, any and all water activities, reading, writing, painting, playing sports and lifting!

Hometown: Stony Brook, NY


Zach Drake

Education: B.A. Environmental Studies, Virginia Wesleyan University, VA

Experience: College Sustainability and Recycling program student coordinator, Leave No Trace Educator, Trail maintenance and invasive species management volunteer at clean water Baltimore urban green space programs and Urban Canopy project volunteer, Watershed sustainability and community outreach intern Elizabeth River Project.

Interests: Hiking, whitewater rafting, backpacking, kayaking, reading,watching movies, exploring new places

Hometown: Columbia, MD


Daniel Erwin

Education: B.S. Parks and Recreation Outdoor Leadership, Northern Arizona University, AZ

Experience: Internship with National Park Service, Camp Verde, AZ; Event Manager - Epic Rides Series, Whiskey Off-Road, Prescott, AZ

Interests: International and Domestic travel, Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain biking and road cycling, bike-packing, kayaking and just about any other outdoor activity.

Hometown: Prescott, AZ


Laura Fitzgerald

Education: B.S. Natural Resource Conservation Management, Western Carolina University, NC

Experience: Trail crew with WCU, Little Tennessee land trust volunteer, Riparian restoration (Cullowhee Creek), Coach for the student leaders with the Idaho Climate Justice League, Volunteer educator with the Boise Watershed

Interest: Traveling, Climbing, Snowboarding, Backpacking, Paddle boarding, Yoga, Cooking, and fermenting anything fruity!

Hometown: Wilmington, NC


Mitchell Gage

Education: B.A. Biology and Environmental Science, Hope College, MI

Experience: Americorps Volunteer, Rangeland Management Crew Lead specializing in invasive species removal in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Wilderness Fellow for the California Desert District BLM, Resource Inventory Team Member, Assistant Crew Lead for American Conservation Experience (ACE), Tutor with the CASA program for at-risk youth.

Interests: Biking, hiking, cooking, overcomplicated board games, and reading.

Hometown: Holland, MI


Alex Griffith

Education: B.S. Environmental Science, Duke University, NC

Experience: science educator for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, field instructor for Muddy Sneakers in western North Carolina, backpacking trip leader.

Interests: backpacking, mountain biking, alpine skiing, reading, cooking poorly and not often enough.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC


Hali Goodrich

Education: B.A. in English and Spanish Education, Boise State University, ID

Experience: Hanging with the family, Traveling (I have been to 5 out of the 7 continents and over 30 countries), Cooking good food, Rafting, Skiing, Exploring!

Hometown: Hometown: Boise, ID


Joshua Heaton

Education: B.S. Recreation Management, Brigham Young University, ID

Experience: BYU-Idaho Ropes Course in Rexburg, ID. Worked professionally as a yoga instructor. Teacher's assistant in for classes like the philosophy of religion and modern philosophy. Two summers working with Teton Valley Resort as a lead guide, taking tours into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

Interest: Rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, philosophy, and Brandon Sanderson books

Hometown: St. George, UT


Amanda Hipp

Education: B.S. Elementary and Special Education, University of North Carolina, NC

Experience: Middle School Math Interventionist, 5th Grade Math and Science teacher, 5th Grade ELA and Science Teacher, DC Scores Soccer Coach, Girls on the Run Coach, Experiential Education Facilitator, Bob Marshall Wilderness Volunteer

Interests: Visiting National Parks, Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking

Hometown: Roanoke, VA


Ellie Hudson-Heck

Education: B.A. in chemistry, College of Wooster,OH

Ph.D. Candidate in chemical oceanography, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St., FL

Experience: Field researcher at Mount Rainier National Park, graduate research, teaching assistant, research cruise, volunteering, Marine Science Advisory Committee (MSAC).

Interests: Hiking, climbing, traveling, and gardening


Anna Lindquist

Education: B.A. Comparative Sociology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. Technical Certificate in Horticulture Technology, College of Western Idaho, ID

Experience: Garden Lead and Native Plant Specialist at the Idaho Botanical Garden; Legislative Fellow at Conservation Voters for Idaho; Landscaper with Xeric Gardening; Farm Hand at Earthly Delights Farm; Steward and Naturalist in Glacier Bay National Park with Sea Wolf Adventures Inc.

Interests: Plants, sustainability, bikepacking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, travelling, vegan cooking.

Hometown: Boise, ID


Casey O’Leary

Education: B.A. Spanish & B.A.S. Horticulture, Boise State University, ID

Experience: Farmer & Landscaper at Earthly Delights Farm & Landscapes; Co-founder, Snake River Seed Cooperative; Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed School Educator; Cultivating Success Certified Farmer Mentor; Writer for Edible Idaho magazine; Co-creator, Boise Biophilia radio show

Interests: Growing & cooking too much food, writing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and riding my bike

Hometown: Boise, ID


Eric Savadow

Education: B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology, Music), Green Mountain College, VT

Experience: Hospitality: Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Grand Teton National Park; Assistant Teacher Temple Beth Shalom REI: Sales, Yonkers,NY, Boise, ID; REI: Outdoor Programs and Outreach: Market Coordinator, Boise ID; Volunteer Bogus Basin Snow School: Volunteer Instructor, Boise ID.

Interests: hiking, biking, skiing, singing

Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY


Courtney Seufert

Education: B.A. in Biology with Concentration in Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College, MN

Interest: Hiking, backpacking, running, anything that gets me outside! Road trips, national parks, and searching out local breweries and coffee shops.

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA


Mark Shepard

Education: B.S. Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, ID

Experience: Wildlife management and biological research; Ungulate fitness biologist; Agriculture and animal husbandry; Youth leadership and outdoor facilitator; Undergraduate research in wildlife occupancy and activity; Ranch hand.

Interests: Ecology and conservation biology; wildlife law enforcement; fishing; hunting; riding horses; hiking; camping.

Hometown: Red Feather Lakes, CO


Hannah Stewart

Education: B.S. in Biology, Boise State University, ID

Experience: has worked for the Idaho Conservation Corps on the Women's Chainsaw crew and for Reese River Fuels crew out of Battle Mountain, NV.

Interests: Hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, skiing, ice skating.

Hometown: Perth, Ontario, Canada


Susan Vance

Education: B.S. Education, K-8th Grades Regular & Special Education, University of Alaska, AK B.A. Liberal Studies and Physical Education, California State University, CA

Experience: NW Regional Outdoor Science School, OR. Orange County Outdoor School, CA. I've worked at Summer Camps all over the USA, Hawai'i and Alaska. Substitute School Teacher & Tutor. American Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf. Fitness and Aerobics Instructor. Volunteer English Teacher in Chile and The Galapagos--Ecuador for Harvard University International Program: WorldTeach.

Interests: Travel, bicycling, hiking, reading, sewing, learning Spanish, making new friends.

Hometown: Eugene, OR


David White

Education: B.A. Environmental Education, Western Washington University, WA; A.S. in Outdoor Leadership, North Idaho College, ID

Experience: Wilderness and Adventure Therapy - Costa Rica and Gooding, ID; Wild land Fire Fighter; Whitewater/backpacking/climbing Guide; Expedition Leader; Ski and Snowboard Instructor

Interests: Kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and being a dirtbag in the outdoors.

Hometown: Issaquah, WA


Hannah Wilson

Education: B.S. Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, University of West Alabama, AL

Experience: Park Ranger Intern with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Land Steward, Marketing & Management experience in the trucking and construction industries, Outdoor Youth Education Volunteer, 4-H.

Interests: Cooking, Embroidery, Farming, Canning & Food Preservation, Hunting, Fishing, Traveling, Singing, and anything that gets me outside!

Hometown: Eutaw, AL


Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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