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Leah Kerschner (2013-2014)
Leah is leading the bobcat capture efforts in the southern Sierra Nevada bobcat-fisher relationships project. Leah graduated from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada in biology. She has worked on desert tortoises, coyotes, bobcats and studies of desert habitat.

Wyatt Peterson (2012)
was an undergraduate student intern from Humboldt State University Wildlife Department. Wyatt helped with the bobcat-fisher project in Hoopa California assiting in trapping bobcats.



Justin Demianew (2012-2013)
Justin Demianew was an undergraduate student in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University. Throughout his undergrad career he worked on a variety of wildlife related projects involving small mammals, great grey owls in the Sierra Nevadas, and wolves in Idaho and Canada. Justin is a student intern for the Fall 2012 semester where he will be assisting in variety of molecular tasks for several IERC projects.

Kevin Weller (2012-2013)
was an undergraduate student intern from Humboldt State University. Kevin helped with the bobcat-fisher project as well as assisted in the IERC molecular lab on various molecular ecology projects.  Kevin lead our project on bobcat diet on the north-coast of California for his senior thesis.

Kevin Weller


Gregory Hacker (2012)
is currently a Master’s student in Wildlife at Humboldt State University under the direction of Dr. Richard Brown. His Master’s thesis is titled “Spatial clustering of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato within chipmunks and woodrat populations in northwestern California”. Gregory is a student intern for the summer of 2012 where he will be learning molecular techniques utilized for both genomic DNA amplification and pathogen detection in various IERC projects.

Jaime Rudd (2011-2013)
was an undergraduate student intern during  from Humboldt State University. She helped in the field on a project estimating population size of bobcats, coyotes and mountain lions using mark-recapture methods with fecal DNA. In addition, she worked on a parvovirus project on California native foxes through IERC and UC Davis. She ultimately used some of these data as part of her senior thesis within the HSU Biology Department.



Gary Sousa (2011)
was an undergraduate in the Wildlife program at Humboldt State University. He assisted IERC on the Hoopa bobcat project by setting and checking traplines, assisting with captures, and performing scat surveys in 2011 – 2012.

Andre Arifin was a high school intern from Fresno, California who has an interest in medical biology. He learned various molecular techniques that can be used to study ecosystem health as well. He now is attending the University of California, Los Angeles.