Community IPM Extension Area Educator
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
- M.S., Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University, 1979
- B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University, 1972
- Vice President, Education/Franchise Owner, and Manager, Critter Control, Inc., 1986-97
- Assistant Professor of Biology, Roberts Wesleyan College, 1980-86
- Assistant Environmental Specialist, Equitable Environmental Health, Inc., 1972-76
- Develop and implement a statewide educational outreach program in community (especially structural) IPM.
- Interact with Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension communities and NYS stakeholder groups about the status and needs of non-agricultural IPM.
- Develop and implement workshops and pilot demonstrations to promote and illustrate IPM philosophy and practices.
- Develop educational resources to promote the implementation of IPM.
- Utilizing a “learning community” approach to develop model IPM school districts.
- Working with St. Regis Mohawk Tribe on IPM outreach events.
- Interviewing school districts throughout New York State on their pest management policies and practices.
- Co-chair, Community IPM Working Group of the Northeast IPM Center.
- Testing of yellowjacket trapping efficacy and testing of blue paint as a visual repellent for paper wasp nesting.
Accomplishments (Past Two Years)
- Contributed to the development of a training curriculum for nuisance wildlife control operators in New York State.
- Co-organized the following sessions for the National IPM Symposium (April 2003 in Indianapolis): School IPM (3 sessions) and Nuisance Wildlife (2 sessions).
- Provided leadership for a Statewide School IPM Committee.
- Partnered with Onondaga County and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES on the implementation of their state Non-Toxic Pest Management grants.
- Partnered with Cornell Library System to organize a workshop on pest management of library collections.
- Made 33 presentations on IPM to home owners, pest managers, government agency personnel, medical personnel, buildings and grounds staff, and other audiences.
- Enlarged our network of connections with NYS stakeholders interested in community IPM issues.
MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE
Memberships in Professional Organizations
- The Wildlife Society: National, Northeast, and State levels
- Sigma Xi
- American Scientific Affiliation
- Northeast Association of Wildlife Damage Biologists
- National Animal Damage Control Association
- National Wildlife Control Operators Association
- NYS Wildlife Management Association
- NYS Wetlands Forum
- Co-chair, Community IPM Working Group of the Northeast IPM Center
- Past President, New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society
- Executive Board member of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Damage Management Working Group
- Northeastern Regional Director of the National Animal Damage Control Association
- Community IPM Program Work Team
- Consumer Horticulture Homes and Grounds Program Work Team
- Public Issues Education Program Work Team
- Human/Wildlife Conflicts Program Work Team
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Certification: Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society
- Awards for “Best Practices for Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators: A Training Manual”: 1) Received March 1, 2003 from the NYS Wildlife Management Association: "...... in appreciation for your outstanding dedication, commitment and achievement of the New York State Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators Training Manual"; 2) 2004 Innovative Outreach Award from the NY Chapter of the Association for Natural Resource Extension Professionals; 3) 2005 Outstanding Professional Award from the New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society.