Ryan Rock is a 2012 graduate of Virginia Tech and a Maryland native. He has extensive field experience with avian studies and small mammals. His resume includes work as a field technician studying birds and insects in the Southeast, heavy trail construction with the US Forest Service, and service with the Human Society of Montgomery County, Virginia. He is excited to contribute to a conservation project in the American West and to gain new field experience with a diverse set of wildlife.
Colleen Ferris grew up on the brackish rivers of the Chesapeake Bay outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Early years spent exploring the coastal environment led to a curiosity and respect for the natural world. She went west to study at the University of Montana in Missoula and fell in love with the community, landscape and fauna of the Rockies. After graduation Colleen served as a Community Environmental Developer with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. After 27 months of environmental education, mangoes, and sunshine, Colleen has returned to the States to brave the cold of eastern Montana. Interested in conservation genetics, Colleen is most excited about applying non-invasive wildlife tracking methods to learn about populations on the Reserve.
Merrill Warren grew up near Auburn, California playing in the Sierra and the American River Canyon. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Anthropology. Following graduation she spent time living and traveling in Europe and the American West. Her recent summers have been spent working in the Sierra, on Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, AK, as an intern for the US Forest Service and on clean water projects in Zambia. Merrill is a two-time NOLS grad and an EMT. Currently, she is the intern for Adventure and Science for Conservation and lives in Bozeman. She is eager to contribute to data collection on the American Prairie Reserve and to play a role in such a huge conservation legacy.
Meet the rest of the crew after the break.
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