Wildlife Expeditions

Journey to the Wild

Biologists & Staff

  • Joe Petrick

    Vice President of Field Education
    M.Ed., University of Washington
    Certificate in Education, Environment and Community, Islandwood Graduate Program
    B.A., History and a Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate, University of Mary Washington


    Joe leads a team of passionate educators who customize field science adventures for groups of all ages. He joined the Teton Science Schools family in the spring of 2007. Prior to Teton Science Schools, Joe worked as an administrator, classroom teacher and outdoor educator in Washington, California, Virginia, Maryland and South Africa. Joe spends his free time exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and traveling to other inspiring locations.

  • Fan Hughes

    Office Administrator
    B.A. Mass Media Arts and Communication, University of Georgia

    Fan grew up entranced by wild spaces at an early age, encouraged to pursue adventures by her father, an avid camper and fisherman. Graduating from the University of Georgia with a Journalism degree in Mass Media and a minor in New Media Arts, Fan quickly realized she could leverage her digital skills within the outdoor industry. Before joining the Wildlife Expeditions team, She worked as the Western Regional Director for Wilderness Adventures, planning, managing, and marketing summer programs for teens in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. When Fan isn't immersed in the digital world, she enjoys waking up in the backcountry, cooking, and playing with any and all dogs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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