Wildlife Expeditions

Journey to the Wild

Biologists & Staff

  • April Landale

    Associate Executive Director
    Overseeing Graduate Program, Teacher Training, Field Education and Wildlife Expeditions
    M.S., Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, NH
                      B.S., Biology, University of New Hampshire
                      april.landale@tetonscience.org

    April joined Teton Science Schools' faculty in 1993. Before coming to Teton Science Schools, she was the Academic Director for an ecology study abroad program in Cairns, Australia. She holds an M.S. from Antioch/New England Graduate School in Natural Resources Management and specializes in water quality issues.

  • Todd Hanna

    Director of Sales and Marketing
    Overseeing Development, Marketing & Communications, Wildlife Expeditions and Information Technology
    B.A., Univeristy of Texas at Austin
                      todd.hanna@tetonscience.org

    An Austin native, Todd has served two periods of active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, including a combat tour in Iraq, participation in Operation Unified Assistance (Indonesia Tsunami Relief), and  a role as Marine Advisor to the Iraqi Military in Al Anbar Province. He returned to Austin in 2008 and became President/CEO of Explore Austin, a 6-year program designed to change the lives of underserved youth through mentoring and outdoor adventure.  His tenure was well lauded around Austin.  

    In 2012 Todd joined AQUILA Commercial, a full-service commercial real estate firm in Austin. Todd is a member of the Board of Directors of Explore Austin, Trinity Episcopal School, The American Red Cross of Central Texas,  Songwriting With: Soldiers, and Aware Awake Alive. In addition, he serves as the Co-Chairman of the Children In Nature Collaborative of Austin and is a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Council. 

  • Jared Baecker

    Program Coordinator
    jared.baecker@wildlifeexpeditions.org

     
    Jared was born and raised in Connecticut. His childhood was spent exploring the hills and streams of the Berkshire Mountains. Following high school, Jared embarked on five-month journey along the Appalachian Trail. Jared received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Missoula. His field research experiences have led him from the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon to western Montana, Hawaii, Denali National Park, Grand Teton National Park and southern Idaho. His interest and research experiences are varied from small mammal ecology, passerine birds and predator-prey relationships. Jared spends his free time fly fishing and exploring the wild lands of the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem.

  • Kevin Taylor

    Faculty

     

    Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Botany. His biological research experience includes being involved with several wildlife research projects as well as mapping distribution of rare plant species and the effects of global warming on mountain plants. He believes that it is critical to include modern humans when discussing natural history and ecology and he studies and teaches ethnobotany and ethnozoology. Kevin brings to Wildlife Expeditions experience in plant taxonomy, natural history knowledge due to spending a lot of time in the woods, and a teaching background educating all ages of the wonders and value of conservation of the natural world.

  • Sarah Hoffman

    Office Manager

    sarah.hoffman@wildlifeexpeditions.org

    Sarah was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1998. Sarah moved to the valley 11 years ago and is currently raising her two children, Julian and Eliza. Sarah enjoys whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking, biking and backpacking.

  • Paul Brown

    Biologist

    After graduating from Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies, Paul worked for the U.S. Forest Service and New Jersey Audubon. He relocated to Jackson Hole in the spring of 2001 and has led a variety of environmental education programs, primarily guiding in the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem for Wildlife Expeditions. He has worked on several research projects in the area, including studying the wolf population of Yellowstone National Park with the Yellowstone Wolf Project. He has also guided polar bear expeditions in Churchill, Manitoba.

  • Brad Cole

    Biologist

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1972. He continued his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education at the University of Wyoming in 1986. Brad has worked for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Of particular interest is his work with Wyoming Department of Game and Fish on an elk study involving daily radio-tracking to determine elk response to oil and gas development in Southwestern Wyoming. He joined Wildlife Expeditions in 2000 because he wants to share his love of Jackson Hole with our visitors.

  • Erik Nelson

    Biologist

    Erik grew up in the mountains of Colorado and the forests of Sweden. He has degrees in Anthropology/archaeology and Marine biology. Erik has worked as a Park ranger, studied sea turtles in Central America, led snowshoe tours, done field research on birds in Wyoming and the Dakotas and worked as a naturalist at environmental education centers. In his free time Erik enjoys looking for edible mushrooms and rock climbing. He is also an Eagle Scout.

  • Sarah Ernst

    Biologist

    Sarah grew up fascinated by nature in the not-so-wild lands of a NYC suburb in Connecticut. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, she transitioned to leading nature programs and running a nature center in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina. Lured to Wyoming by a life-long love of its mountains and plains, Sarah has guided for Wildlife Expeditions since 2011. She is known for her broad knowledge base of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and geeky enthusiasm for all wildlife, large and small.
     

  • Sean Beckett

    Biologist

    Sean Beckett grew up in the woods of Vermont and became entranced by birds and passionate about ecology from an early age. This upbringing led him to study Biology and Environmental Studies at Vassar College and the University of Vermont. With this formal scientific training, Sean traveled across the United States researching Atlantic puffins, arctic terns, forest owls, songbirds, and raptors. Wildlife research brought Sean to Jackson in 2011 to work as an ecological cartographer and wildlife technician for the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools. Sean soon began guiding for Wildlife Expeditions to be immersed daily in the amazing diversity of Greater Yellowstone's wildlife, and to share these awe-inspiring experiences with others.

  • Sarah Cayea

    Biologist

    Sarah grew up in the green mountains of Vermont. Her passion for wildlife and wild places began at her rustic cabin deep in the Adirondacks of New York. She obtained a B.S. degree in wildlife biology at the University of Vermont. She has previously worked on non-lethal beaver mitigation, grass land bird research, small mammal trapping and has even prepared zoological specimens for museums. While on a solo cross country road trip with her trusty dog Ginger she fell in love with the Tetons and has never looked back. She loves to share her enthusiasm of this beautiful landscape and animals with her guests and can't wait to have you come along! She is a self admitted "bird nerd" who is rarely far from her binoculars and bird guide.

  • Dawson Smith

    Biologist

    Dawson grew up outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he enjoyed exploring the forests and nearby mountains of the Southern Appalachians. From a young age he was drawn to mountains, and that attraction to mountains brought him to Wyoming and the Tetons. He received a B.S. in forestry from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and an M.S. in Natural Science Education and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. He has worked on numerous wildlife monitoring research projects involving endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise in South Georgia, and pika in Wyoming. He moved to Wyoming six years ago and since then has worked as an instructor and horse packer for the National Outdoor Leadership School and received his masters degree prior to coming to Wildlife Expeditions. In his free time he enjoys skiing, fishing, rafting, climbing, hiking and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.

  • Marian Herbick

    Biologist

    Marian was born in New York and raised in Maryland, where she spent five summers working with kids at an outdoor adventure camp.  She attended the University of Vermont and received a BS in Natural Resource Planning and Wildlife Biology.  While in school, she spent a semester studying kiwi birds and invasive mammals in New Zealand.  After college, Marian spent seven months intensively pursuing her lifelong passion for competitive horseback riding.  She strongly believes in the importance of environmental education and loves sharing the outdoors with anyone she can.  Marian spends her free time hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

  • Kimber Jones

    Biologist

    Originally from New Orleans, Kimber found herself at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee to complete her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science. While there, she completed an internship at the Memphis Zoo working with endangered snow and Amur leopards. She traveled to Africa as a study-abroad trip to study wildlife biology and conservation. Most recently, her efforts have been focused at Teton Science Schools working as a program assistant and field education instructor. Kimber's passions lie at the intersection of conservation and education, and she is excited to help others create a meaningful connection to this place just as she has.


  • Jessica Stirling

    Biologist

    Jessie grew up in Oklahoma and ventured out west for college where she attended the University of Montana. Her interest in wildlife research led her to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. She has previously worked on Snowshoe hare and Elk research projects and has also worked in South Africa with penguins at a bird rehabilitation center.  Upon graduating college, Jessie made her way to Jackson, where she worked for a scenic float company, the National Park Service, the National Elk Refuge, and Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools. Jessie has a passion for outdoor activities and thrives on teaching others about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


  • Jean Lawrence

    Biologist

    Jean received her Master’s Degree in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming.  She has a passion for conservation biology and has worked for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service as a naturalist and field biologist. Her work has focused on threatened and endangered species, including the California condor, Southwestern willow flycatcher, Mexican spotted owl, and Colorado River cutthroat trout.  She participates in Audubon and Hawk Watch International counts.  She enjoys skiing and hot springs.

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