Jeremy Bell, MS
Restoration Specialist, Division of Ecological Restoration
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Jeremy Bell specializes in coastal and freshwater restoration projects, with an emphasis on plant ecology and site hydrology. He has been involved in some of the largest wetland restoration projects in Massachusetts including the Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project in Plymouth, the Sesuit Creek Restoration Project in Dennis, and the Stony Brook Restoration Project in Brewster. In 2013, he was presented with a Visionary Award by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment for his work on Cape Cod. He serves on the Board of the SER New England Chapter as the Massachusetts Director. Jeremy holds a BA from Michigan State University and a Master of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Dr. Catherine Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH
State Public Health Veterinarian
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Dr. Catherine M. Brown has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London and a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University. Dr. Brown was a wildlife veterinarian for eight years from 1997 - 2005. She worked for DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Illinois and then moved to the Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Brown then served as an Applied Epidemiology Fellow with the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Infectious Diseases’ Zoonoses Program. She has served as the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health since 2006.
Glenn Bush, MSc, PhD
Woods Hole Research Center
Dr. Glenn Bush specializes in welfare economics, resource valuation, and environmental cost-benefit analysis. His work has focused on quantitative valuation of forest conservation strategies for forest-adjacent households, as well as the microeconomic and social determinants of forest conservation. He is currently concerned with developing and testing combined econometric and spatial models on the drivers and determinants of land cover change. Dr. Bush has previously worked in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia as a researcher, project manager, and consultant on natural resource management and conservation projects in the public and private sector. He has held positions with the UK Government Department for International Development, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He obtained his MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, Wye College, and his PhD in Economics from the University of Stirling, UK.
Jon Epstein, DVM, MPH
Vice President for Science and Outreach at EcoHealth Alliance
Dr. Epstein’s research interests include the ecology of zoonotic viruses such as Nipah virus, Ebola and SARS; zoonotic disease emergence at the human-animal interface; viral discovery; pathogen discovery; and trade as a mechanism for pathogen pollution. He is part of a large international collaboration that is investigating the ecology of Nipah virus in Bangladesh, where outbreaks occur in people almost every year with mortality rates reaching 90%. The focus of this research is to better understand the factors that cause this lethal virus to emerge, and to develop models that will predict and help prevent future outbreaks.
Parviez Hosseini, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Parviez Hosseini is an ecologist who uses his mathematical modeling skills to study the transmission dynamics of vector-borne pathogens. As Senior Research Fellow at EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust), Parviez’s research focuses on emerging infectious diseases, like Chikungunya and Rift Valley fever, and their transmission paths.
Wildlife Disease Biologist
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Randy Mickley works as a Wildlife Disease Biologist at the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Field Office in Sutton, MA. He complements a staff of sixteen wildlife technicians and wildlife biologists in Amherst, MA and Sutton, MA who offer assistance to public and private concerns in MA, CT, and RI in managing conflicts caused by the presence or activities of wildlife. USDA Wildlife Disease Biologists such as Randy are also trained as National Disaster Emergency First Responders in disaster events involving animals.
Mr. Mickley holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from Ohio University, Athens, OH and an M. Aq. degree in Aquaculture from Auburn University, Auburn, AL. He has worked for the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services for seven years, working primarily on surveillance of wildlife diseases, but has also been involved in work providing airport wildlife hazard assessment/management, threatened and endangered species protection, European starling and feral pigeon damage control, gull and Canada goose damage control.
Mr. Mickley will present information about USDA APHIS Wildlife Services’ focus to protect people, agriculture, and wildlife. He will discuss management of human/wildlife conflicts concerning agricultural crop loss, property damage, risks to human health & safety, and threats to endangered species.
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Samuel Roberts joins the Manomet banding team for the first time this fall. In addition to banding, he is responsible for scheduling visiting groups and implementing educational programs. He comes to Manomet after working at Point Blue Conservation Science in California, where he supervised banding interns and point counting around Marin County. He is from Leverett, Massachusetts, and holds a B.A. from Carleton College.
Ray Powell, MS, DVM
New Mexico Land Commissioner
Regional Director, Jane Goodall Institute
Ray Powell grew up in New Mexico, attended the University of New Mexico, and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University, with an emphasis in wildlife medicine in 1985. Powell served as State Land Commissioner in New Mexico from 1993-2002 and was the president and vice-president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998. He worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of congress, and tribal leaders to improve public policy on trust lands nationwide. He served nearly a decade as a member of the State Investment Council, Mining Commission, Oil and Conservation Commission, the Youth Conservation Corps Commission, and the Capitol Building’s Planning Commission. Commissioner Powell served two terms as a member of the US Department of Agriculture’s Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. In this capacity he gained significant expertise in understanding the impacts of disease and other pathogens on our human and domestic and wild animal populations. Prior to his recent re-election as Land Commissioner in 2010, Powell worked with world-renowned scientist and humanitarian, Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Education and Conservation.