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
Education: B.A. Biology, Colorado College.
Experience: university instructor for Forest Ecology and Climate Change & You, graduate research and teaching assistant in tree ecophysiology, education director, ranch hand, native aquatic biology field technician, wilderness fire ecology field technician, backpacking guide, wilderness first responder.
Interests: trees, trail running, skiing, Yarrow the dog.
Education: B.A. English Lit USU, Logan, UT. B.A. Anthropology NAU Flagstaff, AZ. Botany and GIS WSU Ogden, UT. Anake Graduate, Wilderness Awareness School 2011.
Experience: Park Ranger: BLM Silver Lake OR; NPS Tonto NM; NPS Yellowstone NP; NPS Acadia NP. Education Ranger: NPS Yellowstone NP. Botanist: Priest Lake, ID. Utah Police Academy. US Army Special Operations. Wrangler: AK, WY, WA, UT. Wilderness Therapy Backcountry Guide. EMT/ Mountain Bike Instructor: Sundance Ski Resort. Tom Brown Tracker School. Permaculture Certificate: Quail Springs CA.
Interests: The old ways, mountain biking, skiing, bird language, tracking, nature writing, motorcycles.
Education: B.S. Wildlife Management, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.
Experience: Bureau of Land Management, Range Technician, Burns District Office, Burns, Oregon; Wildlife/Habitat Technician, Oregon State University Extension Service, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (EOARC), Burns, Oregon; Fisheries Technician, Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA), Kitoi Bay Fish Hatchery, Kodiak, Alaska; Biological Science Technician, United States Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Jamestown, North Dakota.
Interests: Fishing, hiking, running, yoga and other stretchy workouts, good vibes, gaining new knowledge with experience, coffee/tea and meeting other cool souls.
Education: B.S. Integrated Sciences & Renewable Energy Systems, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Harrisburg PA.
Experience: Community Conservation Agent with the United States Peace Corps in Panama, LEAF Program Youth Mentor with The Nature Conservancy, & Laboratory Science Teacher with Bright Futures International in Bangkok Thailand.
Interests: painting, horseback riding, talking to animals, camping, hiking & reading.
Education: B.S. Fisheries Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Experience: University of Idaho College of Natural Resources-Paddlefish Research Lab Technician; University of Idaho College of Natural Resources– Student Ambassador; University of Idaho College of Natural Resources – Conservation and Genetics Lab Technician; Idaho Power Company, Environmental Affairs–Environmental Intern; Idaho State Fish and Game, McCall Fish Hatchery–Bioaide; Published in Looking Glass Magazine and Idaho Magazine; SCUBA Certified.
Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, poetry, writing, reading, DIY projects, crafts, fishing, rockhounding, collecting postcards, and eating tasty foods.
Education: B.A. Geology, Oberlin College, OH.
Experience: Stand-Up Paddleboard Guide, Park Ranger, Naturalist, Educator, Student Conservation Association Intern, Americorps Volunteer.
Interests: Rivers, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hot Springs, Camping Trips, Arid Ecology, Regional History, Shooting Stars, Sci-Fi, Spending time with my dog Luke.
Education: B.S. Environmental Science, Portland State University, OR.
Experience: SCA Conservation Education intern and Interpretive Ranger on the Chugach National Forest, Resource Assistant (education) on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, NWRESD Outdoor School Plants Field Instructor, UMass Boston Research intern.
Interests: reading in hammocks, hiking, looking at bugs and plants, swimming, knitting, learning new things!
Education: B.S. Forestry Management, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo MT.
Experience: Forester with Bureau of Indian Affairs-Fort Apache Agency; Field Research in New Zealand and Costa Rica; BIA Student Pathways Program.
Interests: Traveling, hiking, exploring, horseback riding, swimming, reading and learning new things!
Education: B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
Experience: Land Management, Environmental Education, Ecological Resources Monitoring, Restoration, Sustainability, Zero Waste, Pollution Prevention, Coordination.
Interests: I enjoy backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing, exploring, and working with people.
Education: B.A. Sociology-Globalization and Inequalities, University of Idaho.
Experience: Resident Assistant; ASB participant/Widecast (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) Volunteer, Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge; Service Learning Intern; Study abroad, Spain; SRT-1 certified.
nterests: Painting, pedaling, paddling, scrambling, snow-sliding and snacking.
Education: B.A. Environmental Studies: Ferrum College, A.A.S. Early Childhood Development: Virginia Western Community College.
Experience: Master Naturalist, Leave No Trace Educator, Outdoor Recreation Instructor, Montessori Teaching Assistant, NPS Cultural & Natural Resources Intern, VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries Volunteer.
Interests: Hiking, camping, kayaking, photography, yoga, farming, travel, & being with my tiny family (fiance + dog).
Education: B.A. Biology and Environmental Science: Conservation Biology – Colby College; Waterville, ME. M.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology – University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH.
Experience: Graduate research and teaching assistant; visiting naturalist and educator; data and research technician; Conservation and Land Management intern with BLM and NPS.
Interests: ecology and earth sciences, maps, running, hiking, skiing, biking, and baking.
Education: B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
Experience: Education intern at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Animal shelter volunteer, Marketing Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, 4-H.
Interests: Hiking, exploring, cooking, baking, snuggling with my dog.
Education: B.S. Wildland Fire Ecology and Management, University of Idaho, Moscow ID.
Experience: University outdoor program trip guide, university outdoor program equipment manager, multi-day lead rafting guide, fly fishing guide.
Interests: Rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, fly fishing, and just about every backyard sport that exists.
Education: B.S. Environmental Studies with focus in Conservation Biology, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.
Experience: Field research in Florida and Belize, outdoor educator and groundskeeper at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, Idaho.
Interests: Horseback riding, trail running, kayaking and fishing.
Education: B.S. Environmental Studies, The College of Idaho.
Experience: Interpretive Specialist at Celebration Park, Summer Camp Educator at Discovery Center of Idaho, Agricultural Research Assistant, Sustainability Steward at College of Idaho, Outdoor Program Student Director, Environmental Leadership Initiative recipient for sustainability research at University of British Columbia.
Interests: gardening, hiking, kayaking, longboarding, reading, biking and visiting coffee shops.
Education: B.A. Development Studies con,Latin America, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Experience: Outdoor Educator at K-12 Charter School in Quincy, California, intern at permaculture farm in Swaziland (Southern Africa), apprentice at Herb Pharm in Oregon, student in Outdoor Recreation Leadership program in Quincy, California.
Interests: mountain biking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, traveling, permaculture, medicinal herbs, tinkering with projects, all things fermented!
B.S. Biology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.
Experience: Certified Environmental Educator- CAEE; Field Instructor in experiential and environmental education; Volunteer Educator in conservation and sustainability; Outdoor Youth Leadership; Trail Crew Leader.
Interests: climbing, biking, hiking, fruit juice, watercolor and acrylic art, nature journaling.
Education: B.S. Environmental Science
Experience: Environmental Education Instructor abroad, Interpretive Park Ranger at New Melones, Mine Reclamation, Intern for Truckee Watershed studying botany.
Interest: Camping, mountain biking, alpine skiing, water sports, hiking.
Education: B.S. Interpretive Biology and Natural History from Frostburg State University, MD.
Experience: I have worked as an outdoor educator for a variety of wildlife conservation establishments. A highlight was taking international clients on safari in South Africa. I’ve also dabbled in vintage automobile racing, assistant brewing, and directing science and wildlife summer camps.
Interests: I enjoy sailing and am getting back into cycling, backpacking, longboarding, horsemanship, cooking, and trying to play guitar... albeit slowly.
Education: B.S. Elementary Education, English Concentration, University of Maine, Orono, ME
Experience: Grade 7 middle school teacher in Poland, ME. Appalachian Mountain Club co-leader and member of the AMC 4,000 footer club. Student teacher in grade 8 science and mathematics. Several years of volunteering and substitute teaching in Maine.
Interests: Hiking, backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and exploring!
Education: B.S. Wildlife Management & Conservation - University of Arizona.
Experience: Outdoor Education and Backpacking Instructor, Fisheries and Stream Morphology Technician for state and federal agencies, worked in Aquatic Ecology contaminants lab.
Interests: Rock-climbing, mountaineering, summiting things, attempts at mountain biking, all things related to fish!
Education: B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
Experience: Naturalist Intern, Medical Scribe, Americorps Field Camp Coordinator, Yarn Shop Assistant, Trail Guide, Plant ID Lab Assistant, Outdoor Program Trip Leader, Writing Tutor, Botany Intern.
Interests: Backpacking, canoeing, knitting, reading, baking, nerding out about nature.