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Graduate Students


Kathryn Baker

Education: B.A. Biology, Colorado College.

Experience: university instructor for Forest Ecology and Climate Change & You, graduate research and teaching assistant in tree ecophysiology, education director, ranch hand, native aquatic biology field technician, wilderness fire ecology field technician, backpacking guide, wilderness first responder.

Interests: trees, trail running, skiing, Yarrow the dog.


Travis Bitters

Education: B.A. English Lit USU, Logan, UT. B.A. Anthropology NAU Flagstaff, AZ. Botany and GIS WSU Ogden, UT. Anake Graduate, Wilderness Awareness School 2011.

Experience: Park Ranger: BLM Silver Lake OR; NPS Tonto NM; NPS Yellowstone NP; NPS Acadia NP. Education Ranger: NPS Yellowstone NP. Botanist: Priest Lake, ID. Utah Police Academy. US Army Special Operations. Wrangler: AK, WY, WA, UT. Wilderness Therapy Backcountry Guide. EMT/ Mountain Bike Instructor: Sundance Ski Resort. Tom Brown Tracker School. Permaculture Certificate: Quail Springs CA.

Interests: The old ways, mountain biking, skiing, bird language, tracking, nature writing, motorcycles.


Megan Chandler

Education: B.S. Wildlife Management, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

Experience: Bureau of Land Management, Range Technician, Burns District Office, Burns, Oregon; Wildlife/Habitat Technician, Oregon State University Extension Service, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (EOARC), Burns, Oregon; Fisheries Technician, Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA), Kitoi Bay Fish Hatchery, Kodiak, Alaska; Biological Science Technician, United States Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Jamestown, North Dakota.

Interests: Fishing, hiking, running, yoga and other stretchy workouts, good vibes, gaining new knowledge with experience, coffee/tea and meeting other cool souls.


Leoncia Cruz

Education: B.S. Integrated Sciences & Renewable Energy Systems, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Harrisburg PA.

Experience: Community Conservation Agent with the United States Peace Corps in Panama, LEAF Program Youth Mentor with The Nature Conservancy, & Laboratory Science Teacher with Bright Futures International in Bangkok Thailand.

Interests: painting, horseback riding, talking to animals, camping, hiking & reading.


Sarah Fisher

Education: B.A. Geology, Oberlin College, OH.

Experience: Stand-Up Paddleboard Guide, Park Ranger, Naturalist, Educator, Student Conservation Association Intern, Americorps Volunteer.

Interests: Rivers, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hot Springs, Camping Trips, Arid Ecology, Regional History, Shooting Stars, Sci-Fi, Spending time with my dog Luke.


Oliviah Franke

Education: B.S. Environmental Science, Portland State University, OR.

Experience: SCA Conservation Education intern and Interpretive Ranger on the Chugach National Forest, Resource Assistant (education) on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, NWRESD Outdoor School Plants Field Instructor, UMass Boston Research intern.

Interests: reading in hammocks, hiking, looking at bugs and plants, swimming, knitting, learning new things!


Amy George

Education: B.S. Forestry Management, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo MT.

Experience: Forester with Bureau of Indian Affairs-Fort Apache Agency; Field Research in New Zealand and Costa Rica; BIA Student Pathways Program.

Interests: Traveling, hiking, exploring, horseback riding, swimming, reading and learning new things!


Kelsee Hurshman

Education: B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

Experience: Land Management, Environmental Education, Ecological Resources Monitoring, Restoration, Sustainability, Zero Waste, Pollution Prevention, Coordination.

Interests: I enjoy backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing, exploring, and working with people.


Kate Job

Education: B.A. Sociology-Globalization and Inequalities, University of Idaho.

Experience: Resident Assistant; ASB participant/Widecast (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) Volunteer, Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge; Service Learning Intern; Study abroad, Spain; SRT-1 certified.

Interests: Painting, pedaling, paddling, scrambling, snow-sliding and snacking.


Caity Johnson

Education: B.A. Environmental Studies: Ferrum College, A.A.S. Early Childhood Development: Virginia Western Community College.

Experience: Master Naturalist, Leave No Trace Educator, Outdoor Recreation Instructor, Montessori Teaching Assistant, NPS Cultural & Natural Resources Intern, VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries Volunteer.

Interests: Hiking, camping, kayaking, photography, yoga, farming, travel, & being with my tiny family (fiance + dog).


Andy Maguire

Education: B.A. Biology and Environmental Science: Conservation Biology – Colby College; Waterville, ME. M.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology – University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH.

Experience: Graduate research and teaching assistant; visiting naturalist and educator; data and research technician; Conservation and Land Management intern with BLM and NPS.

Interests: ecology and earth sciences, maps, running, hiking, skiing, biking, and baking.


Kailee McKinney

Education: B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Experience: Education intern at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Animal shelter volunteer, Marketing Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, 4-H.

Interests: Hiking, exploring, cooking, baking, snuggling with my dog.


Jake Miczulski

Education: B.S. Wildland Fire Ecology and Management, University of Idaho, Moscow ID.

Experience: University outdoor program trip guide, university outdoor program equipment manager, multi-day lead rafting guide, fly fishing guide.

Interests: Rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, fly fishing, and just about every backyard sport that exists.


Holly Moss

Education: B.S. Environmental Studies with focus in Conservation Biology, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.

Experience: Field research in Florida and Belize, outdoor educator and groundskeeper at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.

Interests: Horseback riding, trail running, kayaking and fishing.


Leslie Pace

Education: B.A. Development Studies con,Latin America, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Experience: Outdoor Educator at K-12 Charter School in Quincy, California, intern at permaculture farm in Swaziland (Southern Africa), apprentice at Herb Pharm in Oregon, student in Outdoor Recreation Leadership program in Quincy, California.

Interests: mountain biking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, traveling, permaculture, medicinal herbs, tinkering with projects, all things fermented!


Micaela Petrini

B.S. Biology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.

Experience: Certified Environmental Educator- CAEE; Field Instructor in experiential and environmental education; Volunteer Educator in conservation and sustainability; Outdoor Youth Leadership; Trail Crew Leader.

Interests: climbing, biking, hiking, fruit juice, watercolor and acrylic art, nature journaling.


Maison Power

Education: B.S. Environmental Science

Experience: Environmental Education Instructor abroad, Interpretive Park Ranger at New Melones, Mine Reclamation, Intern for Truckee Watershed studying botany.

Interest: Camping, mountain biking, alpine skiing, water sports, hiking.


Victor Rising

Education: B.S. Interpretive Biology and Natural History from Frostburg State University, MD.

Experience: I have worked as an outdoor educator for a variety of wildlife conservation establishments. A highlight was taking international clients on safari in South Africa. I’ve also dabbled in vintage automobile racing, assistant brewing, and directing science and wildlife summer camps.

Interests: I enjoy sailing and am getting back into cycling, backpacking, longboarding, horsemanship, cooking, and trying to play guitar... albeit slowly.


Hannah Sirois 

Education: B.S. Elementary Education, English Concentration, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Experience: Grade 7 middle school teacher in Poland, ME. Appalachian Mountain Club co-leader and member of the AMC 4,000 footer club. Student teacher in grade 8 science and mathematics. Several years of volunteering and substitute teaching in Maine.

Interests: Hiking, backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and exploring!


Emma Woodworth

Education: B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.

Experience: Naturalist Intern, Medical Scribe, Americorps Field Camp Coordinator, Yarn Shop Assistant, Trail Guide, Plant ID Lab Assistant, Outdoor Program Trip Leader, Writing Tutor, Botany Intern.

Interests: Backpacking, canoeing, knitting, reading, baking, nerding out about nature.


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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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