Mourad Gabriel M.S., Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
Mourad is president and senior ecologist for IERC which he co-founded with Greta Wengert. Mourad earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology (emphasis on wildlife disease ecology) at Humboldt State University, and is completing his Ph.D in Comparative Pathology (emphasis on wildlife disease ecology/pathology) at the University of California Davis.
Greta Wengert M.S., Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
Greta Wengert is vice-president and senior ecologist for IERC. She co-founded the organization and leads on many projects, including IERC’s bobcat/ fisher spatial ecology, forensic identification of predators, and yellow-legged frog projects. Greta earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Cornell University, her M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University, and is near completion of her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California Davis.
Richard N. Brown Ph.D., D.V.M.
Rick is a disease ecologist and wildlife veterinarian for IERC and a Professor in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University. Rick earned his B.S. in Zoology at the University of California at Davis, his M.S. in Biology (emphasis on mammalian population ecology) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, his Ph.D. in Parasitology (emphasis on disease ecology) at the University of California at Berkeley, and his D.V.M. with an individual track in Wildlife Health and International Medicine, at the University of California at Davis.
Since 2011, Tessa Smith has been an IERC ecologist working on both the bobcat-fisher interaction project and disease ecology of fishers and sympatric mesocarnivores project in the southern Sierra Nevadas. She has been instrumental in both monitoring GPS-collared bobcats as well as processing multiple carnivores such as ringtails, martens and gray foxes. Tessa is a graduate of the Texas A&M’s Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences program.
Courtney Nicks was a field ecologist and lab technician for IERC during 2010-2012. She assisted in both training new crew members on telemetry and mesocarnivore trapping techniques, as well as laboratory methods including DNA extractions and serology. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University’s Wildlife program and will be pursuing a graduate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Jeffrey Larkin, an IERC collaborator.
Mark Cancellare was a field ecologist for IERC from 2011-2012 and assisted on both the disease ecology of mesocarnivores and bobcat/ fisher interaction projects in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. He also assisted on the Northwestern California fisher predators program tracking wildlife in the rugged mountains within the Hoopa Valley Reservation. Mark graduated from Texas State University in the Biological Sciences program and will be attending graduate school in the Fall of 2012.