Wildlife Expeditions

Journey to the Wild

Biologists & Staff

  • April Landale

    Vice President of Field Education
    Overseeing Wildlife Expeditions, Graduate Program, Field Education
    M.S., Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, NH
    B.S., Biology, University of New Hampshire


    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.

  • Paul Cherry

    Director of WIldlife Expeditions
    M.S., Applied & Resource Economics, East Carolina University
    B.S., Economics, East Carolina University
    B.A., Mathematics, East Carolina University


    After completing his Master’s Degree in Applied and Resource Economics, Paul headed west to nourish his lifelong passion for the mountains. He landed in Jackson Hole and dove head first into the outdoor industry, co-founding an outdoor sporting goods company. Paul has worked with numerous boards and organizations focused on increasing outdoor participation and an appreciation for our natural recreational resources. In his spare time, Paul enjoys exploring the mountains, forests, and rivers with his family and friends.

  • Kevin Taylor

    Wildlife Expeditions Lead 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.

  • Paul Brown

    Wildlife Expeditions Lead Faculty

    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.

  • Sean Beckett


    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 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


    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.

  • Sarah Ernst


    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. She is known for her broad knowledge base of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and geeky enthusiasm for all wildlife, large and small.

  • Marian Herbick


    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. 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.

  • Jean Lawrence


    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.

  • Erik Nelson


    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.

  • Dawson Smith


    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.

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