Meet Our People
Faculty and Staff
Karla Eitel, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Director of Education, McCall Outdoor Science SchoolView Profile
Lee Vierling, Ph.D.
Professor of Global Ecology and Department Head, Natural Resources and Society, and Executive Director, McCall Field Campus and MOSSView Profile
B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Management, University of Vermont.Experience: Sr. Fisheries Technician, South Fork Salmon River and Clearwater River drainages, Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Educator for Payette Children’s Forest, USFS, McCall Idaho. Lead educator for Trout in the Classroom, Cascade Public School, Cascade ID. Resident Fisheries Technician, Lake Champlain, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Essex VT. Volunteer ECHO Learning Center and Aquarium, Burlington VT.
B.A. Communication, minors in Environmental Studies and Art History - Santa Clara University. Environmental Education Certificate - Hamline University.
Experience: environmental educator, naturalist, interpretation ranger
Interests: campfires, outdoorsing, witticisms, doing the Macarena
B.A. History, Studio Art Minor, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Experience: Environmental Educator; Field Teacher; Outdoor Education Specialist and Coordinator; Education Coordinator; Interpretive Park Ranger Intern.
Interests: Rock climbing, knitting, hiking, photography, trail running, reading, backpacking, eating too many sweets, and petting dogs.
B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, Forestry Minor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Experience: Arts and Environmental Education Specialist, Animal Disease Research Lab Technician, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Care Worker, Environmental Education Specialist, Summer Storytime Series Coordinator, Natural Resources, Society, and the Environment Teaching Assistant. (10/11/17)
B.A. Geology, California State University, Sacramento, AA Landscape Design; Studies in Horticultural Studies, Royal Horticultural Society, U.K.
Past Experience: Field and Research Hydrogeologist, Radian Environmental Consulting. Ongoing studies in Non-Violent Communications and Horticultural Therapy (AHTA).
Outdoor Pursuits: Adventure Riding with Buddy, the outstanding horse partner, Chief Joseph Nez Perce Ride, Skiing, Daydreaming, Wandering.
B.A. Sustainability Studies, Colorado Mountain College.
Experience: Private English instructor in Songyuan, China; Undergraduate Research Assistant in grant writing and greenhouse design at Colorado Mountain College; President of the Students for Sustainability Club at Colorado Mountain College; Events Coordinator at the Discovery Center of Idaho; Content Manager and Adviser for Rig to Flip; Volunteer at Wolverine Farm Publishing Co. and Bookstore.
Interests: Reading environmental literature near or on a river, snuggling my dog, rock climbing, backpacking, running and geeking out about nature.
B.A. Environmental Science, Biology minor, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO.
Experience: Ecological Habitat Restoration crew member, Intermountain Aquatics. Research Assistant Peery Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab: University of Wisconsin-Madison. Raptor Monitoring Intern, Open Space and Mountain Parks- Boulder, CO.
Volunteer: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers- Boulder, CO. Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation- Red Lodge, MT.
Holly J. Coleman
B.S. in Communications and a minor in Psychology, Whitworth University, in Spokane WA .
Community focused/local food industries, working with and for family-run farms (including my family’s farm in Greenbluff, WA) and working in the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Idaho
B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, minor in Creative Writing: Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Experience: Bat research at International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines; Student member of Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit/conservation workshop student liaison, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Beaver dam research at Semester of Environmental Science, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; Head whitewater kayak instructor, Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort, White Lake, WI & Girls at Play/Mind Body Paddle, Asheville, NC; Volunteer whitewater kayak instructor, Boy Scouts of America, Gardner Dam Scout Camp, White Lake, WI; Marketing and freelance writer, Girls at Play/Mind Body Paddle, Asheville, NC; Biology TA and tutor, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI; Elementary student mentor: Edison Elementary, Appleton, WI.
Interests: Kayaking, yoga, trail running, winter camping, poetry, violin.
B.S. Earth and Environmental Science, Major: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Minors: Music and Forestry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
Experience: Large Animal Care Supervisor, Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Large Animal Facility, Pullman, WA; Pygmy Rabbit Research Field Technician, University of Nevada, Reno, Hart Mountain, OR and Sheldon National Antelope Refuge, NV; Pygmy Rabbit Lab Technician, Washington State University, Small Mammal Research Facility, Pullman, WA; Bighorn Sheep Field Hand, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Steelhead researcher, Chehalis, WA; State Park Aide, Ike Kinswa State Park, Mossyrock, WA; Wildlife Rehabilitator, For Heaven’s Sake Wildlife Rescue, Rochester, WA; Wilderness First Aid Certification.
Interests: Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Hunting, Hiking, Swimming, Motorcycle Riding
B.S. in Kinesiology/Movement Studies from Washington State University.
Experience: Food service industry, Fuel management and sign production for a gold mining company, Registered Dental Assistant
Interests: I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, crafting and playing with my dog.
B.S. in Kinesiology/Movement Studies from Washington State University.
Volunteered as a live-in firefighter EMT. I have worked as a waiter, roofer, brewing assistant, dabbled in real estate, a substitute teacher and a summer camp counselor.
Interests: I enjoy backpacking, hunting, longboarding, snowboarding, and any backyard sports.
B. S. Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Experience: Outdoor Educator, Challenge Course Manager, NOLS Yukon Alumni, Research Technician, University Outdoor Trip Guide, Biological Intern USFWS/SCA
Interests: rivers, gardening, snorkeling, cereal, catching snakes, soccer, surfing, paddling, climbing, cooking…….eating
B.A. Environmental Science, Biology minor, Central College, Pella, IA.
Experience: Environmental Education and Playscape Development Intern, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Red Rock, IA; Undergraduate Research Assistant, Prairies for Agriculture Project, Knoxville, IA; STEM Education Coordinator, “Girls Love STEM” event, Central College, Pella, IA; Americorps member, Central College, Pella, IA; Civic Ambassador, Iowa Campus Compact, Des Moines, IA; Wrestling Team Captain, Central College, Pella, IA; Student Leadership Team, Student Support Services, Central College, Pella, IA; Volunteer Youth Wrestling Coach, Winterset Mat Club, Winterset, IA.
Education: BS in Environmental Sciences emphasis in Wildlife Biology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Experience: Fortress Youth Development Center mentor (Fort Worth, TX), college ministry mission trips while at TCU(Fort Worth, TX), worked on rhino conservation in South Africa for TCU, aided TCU in bat research (Fort Worth, TX), intern at the Forth Worth Nature Center and Refuge (Fort Worth, TX), worked as an animals specialist/rehabilitator and educator at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch (Pilot Point, TX), research technician at Valles Caldera National Preserve (Mostly working on prairie dogs) in New Mexico, research assistant/intern for Utah State University and the US Dept. of Agriculture studying coyotes (Logan, UT).
Hannah L. Smith, Ph.D. Student
B.S. in Business Management & Recreation - Marriot School of Business, Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah
M.S. Conservation Leadership – Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University; Fort Collins, Colorado
Experience: Environmental Leadership Development; Collaborative Conservation; Environmental & Wilderness Educator; Trail Work and Recreation Access- Alaska; Marine Debris Removal; Ecotourism; Carbon Credit Financing; Ecosystem Services; Climate Change Adaptation; Youth Leadership Development; Programmatic Design; International Consulting Work with INGOs; Outdoor Enthusiast; Tomahawk Chucker; Entrepreneur; Musician
B.S. Biology, Music Minor, The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.
Experience: Research Forestry Technician for Pacific Northwest Research Station of US Forest Service, Olympia WA; Big Sister through Big Brother Big Sister of Southwest Washington; Field Technician for Bruneau Field Office, Boise District of Bureau of Land Management; Insect/Macro Invertebrate Curator for Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Caldwell, Idaho; 10-days trip in the Florida Keys for Biology/Environmental Studies; 2-weeks trip in the Yucatan Province of Mexico for Mayan History, Astronomy and Mathematics.
Christina T. Uh
B.S. Environmental Science, Portland State University (PSU), Portland, OR.
Experience: PATHWAYS Intern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Jr. Faculty, Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress; Aquatic Vertebrate Breeding Facility Technician, PSU; Native American Student and Community Center; Orientation Leader, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, PSU; Volunteer Lamprey and Salmonid Monitoring, Johnson Creek Watershed; Volunteer Moderator, AFS Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting; Chapter President & Secretary, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, PSU Student Chapter.
Interests: I enjoy learning and generally nerding out, spending time with my family, camping, hiking, reading, dragonboating, and cuddling with my dog.
BA Anthropology/Sociology, Human Services Concentration, History Minor, College of Idaho
Experience: Executive Projects/Events, Victim Services, Psycho Social Rehabilitation, Assessment Writer, Group Facilitator, Behavioral Specialist, Fitness Instructor
Interests: I enjoy spending time with my daughter in the great outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring.
Ethan White Temple
Enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and descendant of the Nez Perce Tribe
B. S. Social Science with emphasis on Anthropology, Lewis & Clark State College, Lewiston, ID.
Experience: H.O.I.S.T. lab intern at University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; EPSCoR Lab tech University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; Intern Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Washington D.C; Shuttle driver for Native American/ Minority Students, Lewiston, ID; Soft Count Crew Member Nez Perce tribe, Lewiston, ID; IKEEP administrative Assistant, Moscow, ID; H.O.I.S.T. Mentor, Moscow, ID Study Abroad