Zachary Baer

Biologist

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Zachary (Zack) Baer is a wildlife biologist with more than 10 years of experience. Zack obtained his A.S. degree in Wildlife Technology, as well as his B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He first joined Copperhead as a seasonal technician in 2012 and became a full-time employee in 2015. Zack has led hundreds of mist-net surveys and has worked extensively with Indiana, gray, Virginia big-eared, northern long-eared, and little brown bats throughout the eastern United States. Zack is experienced in all bat survey techniques, including radio-telemetry, mist-netting, harp-trapping, acoustic monitoring, and habitat assessments.

He has managed many large-scale, multifaceted, threatened, and endangered species surveys and serves as the primary point of contact for BrandenBarkTM, Copperhead’s artificial bark mitigation and habitat enhancement tool.

Zack spends his free time conducting historical research, visiting antique stores, and taking road trips with his wife and son.

Certifications:
•      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit for Indiana bats
•      PEC Premier SafeGulf / SafeLandUSA Safety Training
•      National Safety Council DDC Online 9.0 Edition
•      OPSEC, United States Department of Defense

Isaac Bentley

Wetland Scientist

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Isaac earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently working on finishing his M.S. in Biology focusing on stream ecology. He has many additional hours dedicated as a volunteer for agencies and non-government organizations and seeks to help wherever he can.

Isaac has extensive experience working with stream fishes, birds, and plants. Additionally, he has assisted with amphibian and reptile surveys, small and large mammalian surveys and capture methods, mist-netting for bats, and more. He seeks to always further his ecological knowledge and extend his skillsets wherever he can.

Outside of wetland ecology and biology he likes to challenge himself with camping and bushcraft, writing music, skateboarding, tinkering, coding, and coffee.

Memberships:
•      The Wildlife Society
•      National Wild Turkey Federation
•      Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Certifications:
•      Wetland Delineation
•      Type II Wildland Firefighter
•      CPR/AED

Crystal Birdsall

Biologist

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Crystal Birdsall graduated summa cum laude and received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Westfield State University in 2015. Prior to coming to Copperhead, Crystal gained experience working for different state, federal, and private agencies in multiple states and outside the country. She has experience in aquatic ecology, water quality assessments, bacterial source tracking, invertebrate ecology, ecological restoration, wildlife rehabilitation (in New Zealand), butterfly surveys, and avian and bat fatality surveys at wind turbines.

Crystal joined the Copperhead team in 2018 as a bat field technician and has worked her way up to a full-time biologist in 2021. Working for Copperhead has enabled her to see a large number and variety of bat species while working in multiple states throughout the east and central United States. Her main research focus is with bats, as she is very experienced in mist-net surveys, hibernacula trapping, acoustic monitoring, vegetation surveys, guano collection, assessments for White Nose Syndrome, radio telemetry, emergence counts and artificial roost monitoring.

In her spare time, she enjoys anything and everything that gets her outdoors such as hiking, traveling, fishing, camping, photography, rock climbing and kayaking.

Memberships:
•      Northeast Bat Working Group
•      Kentucky Bat Working Group
•      Southeastern Bat Working Group
•      The Wildlife Society

Certifications:
•      CPR, AED, and First Aid
•      OSHA 10-Hour
•      OSHA 30-Hour
•      Project Wild Certified

Ian Burns

Biologist

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Ian Burns earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife from the California University of Pennsylvania. Ian joined copperhead in May 2016 as a Technician and has worked his way up to Biologist. As a Biologist Ian is primarily involved with Threatened and Endangered wildlife surveys, Pollinator surveys, Wetland delineations, and Brandenbark™ installation. However, he enjoys all aspects of biology and loves any sort of work that gets him outside.

In his spare time Ian enjoys spending time with his friends and family, playing with his beloved dog Charli, and cooking spicy new foods.

Memberships:
•      Northeast Bat Working Group (NEBWG)
•      Midwest Bat Working Group (MWBWG)
•      Ohio Bat Working Group

Certifications:
•      CPR/AED
•      OSHA 10 Hour

Daniel Carr

Forester

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Daniel Carr graduated with a degree in Forestry from the University of Kentucky and completed a minor in Wildlife Biology and Management. He is originally a native of Pulaski County, Kentucky. Daniel likes to wear many hats and has worked previously on urban ecological restoration projects, stormwater infrastructure construction, and as an arborist. When it comes to forestry, he is especially interested in ecological silviculture techniques, early successional habitat restoration, watershed management, and invasive species management.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, and making (great) cocktails.

Memberships:
•      Society of American Foresters

Bo Cooper

Forester

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Bo Cooper earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2020. While earning his degree, he worked at the Upper Green River Biological Preserve helping with a range of ecological research projects and maintaining the facilities. He is a forestry technician by hobby and trade.

He has experience in sawmill operations, carpentry, machining, and structural drafting and engineering, and earthmoving construction. Notable projects include helping install a new sewer system for Mammoth Cave National Park and stormwater management for the local schools.

In his free time, he enjoys being active with friends and family. Gardening, cycling, rollerblading, hockey, skateboarding, birdwatching, canoeing, fishing, swimming, hunting, shed antler hunting, paintball, splitting firewood, and refining maple syrup are some ways he appreciates the gift of life with others.

Memberships:
•      American Birding Association
•      Kentucky Ornithological Society
•      Kentucky Wild

Certifications:
•      Kentucky Master Logger

Alanna Crowley

Forester

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Alanna Crowley earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has previously volunteered with the US Forest Service at Davey Crockett National Forest, marking stands for thinning and conducting regeneration surveys for longleaf pine. A jack of all trades, she has experience in Phase One Construction, completing wetland delineation surveys and shovel tests for cultural artifacts throughout Texas, and also implemented Enhanced Vegetation Management for wildlife prevention in California. Her professional passions include sustainable forestry practices and combating invasive species.

Outside of work, Alanna enjoys volunteering with local Girl Scout troops, playing stringed instruments with friends, line dancing, and spending time with her cat Clementine and a good book.

Taylor Culbertson

GIS Analyst / Biologist

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Taylor Culbertson received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012. He originally joined the Copperhead team in 2013 as a seasonal technician and became a full-time employee in 2016. Taylor has extensive experience leading crews for surveys related to bats of the eastern U.S., forestry, aquatic biology, pollinator identification and habitat, and is experienced in GIS. In 2019, Taylor took a fisheries position with KDFWR, where he gained valuable experience that he has now brought back to Copperhead in 2022.

Outside of work, Taylor enjoys spending time with his family, camping, riding motorcycles, and exploring nature.

Certifications:
•      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit for Indiana Bats
•      Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor (QIBS)

Kelsie Eshler

Biologist

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Kelsie Eshler received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Earth Science with a co-major in Sustainability from Miami University of Ohio in 2015. Her undergraduate research was focused on marine ecology on the island of San Salvador, Bahamas. She joined Copperhead in 2017, bringing in consulting experience in Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments, environmental hygiene assessments, and various ecological surveys.

Her duties at Copperhead include primarily threatened and endangered species surveys for bats in the Eastern United States, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental documentation, and ArcGIS mapping and analysis.

When not working, Kelsie enjoys making pierogis, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys caring for Evgeni, her bearded dragon, and her various houseplants.

Memberships:
•      Ohio Bat Working Group
•      Western Bat Working Group

Certifications:
•      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit for Indiana Bats
•      OSHA 10-Hour
•      OSHA 30-Hour
•      CPR, AED, and First Aid

Malachia Evans

Biologist

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Malachia Evans earned her A.A.S. in Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology from Garrett College as well as her B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from West Virginia University all while participating in multiple research projects throughout undergrad. Malachia joined Copperhead in March 2021 bringing years of previous experience in environmental consulting to the team.

Malachia’s primary focus throughout her career has consisted threatened and endangered bat surveys including habitat assessments, mist-netting, harp-trapping, acoustic monitoring, portal, hibernacula, radio telemetry, and artificial roost monitoring. In addition to bat related surveys, she is trained in GIS, wetland/stream delineation, forestry practices, environmental permitting, herbicide application, macroinvertebrate, fish, and water sampling, and artificial roost construction and installation.

In her free time, she enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities such as backpacking, photography, and kayaking and as well as spending time with her six pets (a horse, dog, and 4 reptiles). She is also on the leadership board of an exotic reptile rescue.

Memberships:
• Northeast Bat Working Group (NEBWG)

• The Wildlife Society

Certifications:
• OSHA 30 Certificate

• OSHA 10 Hour

• PEC Premier SafeGulf / SafeLandUSA Safety Training

• Swamp School Wetland Delineation Training

• CPR/AED

Taylor Fagin

Biologist

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Taylor Fagin received his B.A. in Biology from Berea College and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. He is also Kentucky native that joined the Copperhead team in the spring of 2015. Taylor has experience collecting and analyzing surface water quality as well as conducting aquatic multi-taxa surveys including macroinvertebrates, crayfish, fish, herpetofauna, and mussels.

His passion is to better understand the relationship between stream ecology and declining mussel populations while providing mitigation for degraded river systems. Taylor is a key member in the Paint Lick Watershed Conservancy whose goal is to restore and protect aquatic habitat in the Paint Lick River basin. Other expertise of Taylor’s includes snails, bats, and scuba diving.

In his spare time, Taylor enjoys gardening, rock climbing, and solidifying his place as the fastest cyclist in Paint Lick.

Meg Herod

Wetland Scientist

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Meg Herod graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. degree in Ecology for Environmental science in 2019. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, assisting in invasive species management and wetland restoration. She is currently completing her M.S. in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University, studying invasive wetland vegetation. During her time at Texas State, Meg taught labs in wetland plant ecology and botany. She has experience in aquatic ecology, botany, ecosystem restoration, and wetland science.

Meg enjoys cooking, knitting, and taking care of her house plants in her free time.

Certifications:
• USACOE Wetland Delineation Training

Calvin Hornung

Forester

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Calvin Hornung earned a B.S. in Forestry in 2020 from the University of Kentucky. He joined our Forestry team soon after in January 2021 as a Forestry Technician. He worked as a Fort Knox natural resources technician from then until August 2021, where he then transitioned to many other projects with the forestry team. These include forest inventories, invasive tree/plant removal, prescribed fires, and Timber stand improvements.

In his free time, Calvin enjoys learning and playing the beautiful game of chess, playing intramural sports such as kickball and bowling, and hanging out with friends. He wants to start a garden this year and wants to read more.

Memberships:
•      Society of American Foresters

Certifications:
•      Type II Wildland Firefighter
•      CAT I and II Pesticide Applicators License

Gregg Janos

Biologist

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Gregg began his biology career in 2007 as a student at Eastern Kentucky University where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Management. His undergraduate research focused on the winter habitat use and diet of Eastern Bluebirds. He then completed his M.S. in Biology at Bowling Green State University where he utilized acoustics to study bat habitat use and bat perception of owls. During these years of education, he gained experience as a bat field technician and as a summer camp instructor for the Cincinnati Zoo.

Gregg joined Copperhead in 2012 and has since conducted mist-net surveys, ground and aerial radio-telemetry, acoustic monitoring/analysis, habitat assessments, and cave surveys for the federally listed Indiana, gray, northern long-eard, Virginia big-eared, and Florida bonneted bat. Additional experience has involved timber stand improvement (TSI), raptor nest surveys, fish and mussel surveys, and water quality sampling.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking, (really anything outside), playing board games, and building model airplanes and cars.

Memberships:
•      Ohio Bat Working Group
•      The Wildlife Society (KY Chapter Secretary)

Certifications:
•      PADI Open Water Diver
•      TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist®

Cooper Leist

Forester

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Cooper earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 2020, earning a Bachelor of Science in forestry. He is a forestry technician for Copperhead, implementing sustainable forest management practices, conducting forest inventories, and enjoying forests across the region. While he initially chose the path of forestry with the goal of becoming a park ranger, Cooper would go on to decide the "pirate life" of the private consulting world was for him.

Outside of work, Cooper spends most of his time listening to a wide variety of music and paddling whitewater rivers and creeks (sometimes both at the same time).

Memberships:
•      Society of American Foresters
•      The Wildlife Society

Certifications:
•      Type II Wildland Firefighter
•      Whitewater Rafting Instructor
•      Swiftwater Rescue Level IV

Leslie Meade

Biologist

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Les Meade earned a B.S. in 1995 and a M.S. in biology in 2000 from Morehead State University. After working seasonally on bat projects for Copperhead since 2012, Les joined our full-time staff of biologists in 2021. He brings over 20 years of experience in biological surveys and environmental consulting to the team.

Les has extensive experience working with bats, amphibians, and reptiles. In addition, he has surveyed for freshwater mussels, other small mammals, plants, fish, land snails, and macro-invertebrates. Les also has experience in stream restoration, marine mammal monitoring, and native vegetation restoration projects.

He is a board member of Herpetology Weekend, LLC, a non-profit that holds annual Herpetology Weekend events every spring. Les is also a wildlife photographer, with some experience in portrait photography.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, adding to his collection of bat and bigfoot items, and spending quality time with his wife and two dogs.

Memberships:
•      Kentucky Bat Working Group
•      Western Bat Working Group

Certifications:
•      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit for Indiana bats
•      PADI Open Water

Hannah Moore

Forester

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Hannah earned her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, with a focus on entomology, from the University of Kentucky in 2017. After graduating, she served as an Environmental Education Leadership (EEL) Corps member at The Arboretum in Lexington, then began working with agricultural processing and integrated pest management (IPM) in Northern California. She is interested in biodiversity conversation and finding ways to improve our interactions with and sustainable use of the natural landscape.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and bug hunting.

Jacob Murphy

Wetland Scientist

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Jacob graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2020. He recently graduated with an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Eastern Kentucky University where his research focused on nest habitat measurements for the Buck Darter. Jacob also has experience in water quality assessments, and invasive plant species removal and joined Copperhead in 2022 as a wetland scientist.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his corgi named Nugget, going to UK football games, and playing the trumpet.

Certifications:
•      Forestry Pesticide Applicators License

Nate Parrish

Botanist

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Nate Parrish earned his B.S. in Biology from Lipscomb University, and an M.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in floristics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His master's research focused on conducting a full vascular plant inventory of Walls of Jericho State Natural Area in Tennessee. Prior to joining Copperhead, he worked as a seasonal technician conducting rangeland vegetation and soil assessments in Nevada and Washington, as well as a seasonal botanist assessing wetland vegetation across the southeastern coastal plain.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking and backpacking, nature photography, and baking.

Newlin Roark

Forester

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Newlin earned his bachelor's degree for natural resources at The University of the South in 2022. Following his graduation, he joined the team at Copperhead as a forester. He is interested in watershed management, forest restoration, and the White Oak Initiative. He is eager to help make a difference in this growing industry.

Outside of work he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and powerlifting.

Bailee Rowlette

Health and Safety Director

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Bailee is a Berea, Kentucky native. She obtained her Undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018, followed by a Graduate degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management in 2020. Bailee joined the Copperhead team in June of 2021 as the Health and Safety Director, where she focuses on ensuring compliance with all client, local, state, and federal health and safety laws and regulations. She strives to provide a safe and healthy working environment for our Copperhead employees and does so with a combination of her passion for health and safety, career experience, and education.

In her free time Bailee enjoys time outdoors, at the lake, and riding horses, but you may also find her at a car race, traveling, or immersed in all things Disney.

Memberships:
• American Society of Safety Professionals
• Women in Safety Excellence
• National Environmental Health Association
• Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Certifications:
•      Graduate Safety Professional (GSP)
•      OSHA 10/OSHA 510
•      CPR/AED/Bloodborne Pathogens/First Aid

Will Seiter

Biologist

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Born and raised in Northern Kentucky, Will Seiter joined Copperhead in the summer of 2014 after his freshman year of college and has moved up from a seasonal technician to full time biologist. Mr. Seiter received his B.S. in Wildlife Management at Eastern Kentucky University and is currently working towards his commercial pilot’s license.

As one of our permitted biologists he has assisted with or conducted a multitude of mist-net surveys across the central and eastern U.S. He has worked extensively at Ft. Knox, KY monitoring the Endangered Indiana Bat maternity colonies that reside there, both from the ground and as a navigator during aerial radio telemetry surveys. In addition to bat work he is a certified Advanced SCUBA diver and has aided in several freshwater mussel surveys and an underwater mapping project. Aside from biological surveys, Mr. Seiter is one of our in-house photographers and videographer.

In his free time Mr. Seiter enjoys rock climbing, caving, camping, and photography.

Memberships:
• Kentucky Bat Working Group
• Northeast Bat Working Group
• Southeastern Bat Working Group
• Kentucky Pilots Association

Certifications:
•      PADI Advanced Open Water

Andrew Taylor

Data Scientist

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Andrew achieved a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville in 2015. Joining Copperhead in 2021, his career in analytics includes fortune 500s in multiple sectors, encompassing energy, financial, health care, and manufacturing. With capabilities that span 3D modeling to machine learning to full stack web development, Andrew's breadth of experience brings a multifaceted, holistic approach to data and analytics at Copperhead.

Copperhead continues to meet the analytical needs of clients, innovate new conservation techniques, and contribute research to the corpus of biological knowledge. Working directly with project leaders and other stakeholders, Andrew accelerates the company's objectives, expands investigative possibilities, and finds solutions to technical challenges. His statistical knowledge and coding experience facilitates advanced technical analysis.

Andrew is a native of Berea, Kentucky and when not coding at an R or Python terminal, can often be found playing fiddle in multiple bands, flying airplanes, or enjoying his time with his wife and dog.

Memberships:
• Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Jerry Watson

Staff Accountant

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Jerry Watson joined Copperhead in June 2020 as a part-time Junior Staff Accountant. Jerry obtained his undergraduate degree at Berea College, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Jerry joined Copperhead in 2020 as our accountant.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dogs and hiking.

Theresa Wetzel

Biologist

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Theresa Wetzel joined Copperhead in 2011 as a technician, working her way up to her current position. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology – Environmental from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

When she is not traveling for work, it’s likely she’s doing more traveling to visit friends and family. She also enjoys spending time outside, dabbling in photography, working in her garden, tending to her ever-growing number of houseplants, and mildly obsessing over her cat Muki (Moo-key).

Memberships:
•      Southeastern Bat Diversity Network
•      Tennessee Bat Working Group
•      Kentucky Bat Working Group