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People in Science

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Gary Alpert



People

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The People in and around the Explorapedia

Across from Lee's Ferry

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Friends Missed


Dinosaur National Monument 2015

Photo © 2015 By Darek Paul Veters

Dinosaur National Monument 2015


Wrapping up a Glyptodon Wrap-up 2014

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Wrapping up a Glyptodon Wrap-up 2014


Garrit Fossil Hunting

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Garrit Fossil Hunting

Petrified Forest BioBlitz

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Petrified Forest BioBlitz 2018


Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Ctr.

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Paleontology Group visiting
Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Ctr.


2018 WAVP Meeting

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2018 WAVP Meeting







Some of our regulars ( and some irregulars )




Gary Alpert





Gary is an environmental biologist and MCZ Associate, specializing in ants. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981 and has been conducting field studies on the ants of New England since 1990.

At present, Gary is also a Research Associate at the Museum of Northern Arizona, with research focused on the arthropod biodiversity of the Colorado Plateau (particularly ants).

He has photographed many ant species in the field and is constantly perfecting his digital imaging system for close-up images under a microscope. Gary and others have discovered several new state and regional records of ants. He is also very interested in the behavioral ecology of other insects that live inside the ant nests.

Gary is the lead researcher on the Navajo Ant Project and Global Ant Project Coordinator for the Global Ant Project and AntWiki. He is a co-author of the revised Bolton’s Catalogue of Ants of the World: 1758–2005.




Catherine (Cat) Bollich




[ Biography coming soon ]




Dan Campbell





Dan Campbell was involved with The Nature Conservancy and conservation ecology for nearly thirty years, having developed the Arizona Program, Belize, Jamaica, Bahamas and the Verde River. In those positions he headed riparian research on the Verde and San Pedro Rivers, tropical forest restoration and carbon sequestration (especially mahogany and mangroves), survivorship and resilience during coral bleaching events, protection of spawning aggregation sites (especially whale sharks), creating and connecting marine reserves a and corridors and the phenology of climate change on land and sea. As a Research Associate of the Museum of Northern Arizona, he’d like to continue with sever local projects including, collecting and characterizing insects in Walnut Canyon, help build the gall collection and native pollinating bee collections at the Center for Bio-Cultural Diversity at MNA, co-produce an exhibit on climate change focused on the work of C.H. Merriam, AE Douglass, Gus Pearson, Harold Colton and other local research scientists beginning in the 1890s with Merriam’s Life Zone concept. He’d also hope to continue to focus on the Museum campus’s as a “living endowment) and organize a monthly speaker series focused on the work of other Associates and their colleagues. He could serve as a liaison with the Natural History Institute in Prescott which he helped found.




Stephen W. Carothers, Ph.D.




Dr. Steven Carothers is an ecologist with more than 45 years of professional experience. Born to a pioneer family in Prescott, Arizona, Dr. Carothers first joined the MNA staff while an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University and continued to work there part-time until receiving a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During those years, he also worked part-time with the Park Service and as a Grand Canyon river guide. In 1974, Dr. Carothers became head of MNA’s Biology Department and served in that capacity until 1981 when he launched his own environmental consulting business. That business, SWCA Environmental Consultants, now employs over 800 people in 30 offices throughout the United States. Dr. Carothers continues to serve SWCA as a senior scientist and member of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Carothers’s professional interests have long centered on the Grand Canyon, where he conducted fish surveys and studied riparian habitat characteristics, peregrine falcon populations, river running impacts, and feral burro impacts. He helped develop the first Grand Canyon Colorado River Management Plan, the first Glen Canyon Dam EIS, and plans for experiment dam releases and introducing a second population of humpback chub in Grand Canyon. His publications include The Colorado River through Grand Canyon: Natural history and human change (co-author: Dr. Bryan T. Brown) and Grand Canyon Birds (co-authors: Dr. Brown and Dr. R. Roy Johnson), both for the University of Arizona Press.




Tanner Carothers




[ Biography coming soon ]




Claudia D'Martini




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Heather Greene




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Zane Holditch




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Richard McMichael




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Barbara Phillips




Dr. Phillips is a professional botanist with more than 45 years of field research and collecting experience in Northern Arizona, including the ecology and taxonomy of threatened, endangered, and invasive plants. Barbara grew up on a fruit farm in western New York and graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree in botany in 1967. She received her MS in Botany, and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in 1976.

In July 1976 Barbara began working with Museum biologists and ecologists on many projects in the Grand Canyon, including the impacts of feral burros, and human impacts on beaches, back country trails, and river campsites. The culmination of this early GC work for Botany was a map of the riparian vegetation of Grand Canyon National Park and the Annotated Checklist of vascular plants of Grand Canyon National Park (Phillips, B. G. et al 1977; Phillips, B. G. et al, 1987). In addition to GC work, during 14 years at MNA she and Art Phillips wrote grant proposals and completed 60 contracts and reports and authored 18 articles and publications. Barbara also curated the herbarium, designed and curated 3 Museum exhibits, led wildflower walks and Ventures field trips, and gave public and scientific presentations. She surveyed potential habitat for threatened, endangered, and rare plants all over Arizona and into northern Mexico under numerous grants and contracts from the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U. S. Forest Service (FS) and others, preparing comprehensive status assessment reports for 140 species, and listing packages and Recovery Plans for T&E species for U. S Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 1990 Dr. Phillips accepted the position of Zone Botanist of the Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott National Forests, looking after the well-being of all the understory species on these forests for over 22 years.

In 2008 Dr. Phillips received the highest U. S. Forest Service botanical award, the Asa Gray Career Achievement Award, for dedicated leadership, excellence in natural resource management, and outstanding commitment to working with other agencies, states, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers in the field of botany.

Dr. Phillips became a Research Associate with MNA when she retired from the U. S. Forest Service in 2013. Barbara enjoys hiking, swimming, birding, playing clarinet in the Flagstaff Community Band, and activities with the Arizona Native Plant Society, Northern Arizona Audubon, and Friends of the Rio de Flag.




Geoff Pickens




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