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

Aquatic/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 is always seeking ways to maintain the balance of humans and wildlife.

Isaac has extensive experience working with stream fishes, birds, plants, and as a land manager. 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 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, tinkering with his Jeep, coding, and coffee.

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

Certifications:
•      Wetland Delineation
•      TDEC QHP
•      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

Morgan Clemons

Staff Accountant

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Morgan Clemons earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in Office Systems Technology, as well as a variety of certificates, at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky. She has also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Morgan brings with her extensive knowledge and experience working with local government, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading, watching movies, and shopping at thrift/antique stores.

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. He also has extensive experience in spatial analytics using ESRI's ArcPro 3.X and ESRI's suite of mobile collection applications, Trimble hardware and software, and regularly designs, creates, customizes, and publishes mapping figures organization wide. 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.

Memberships:
•      Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals

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

Shea Davis

Biologist

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Shea Davis attended the University of Kentucky where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. During her undergraduate career, her emphasis areas were water resources, wildlife, and field/laboratory analysis. Presently she is an aspiring aquatic biologist with a specific interest in freshwater mussels as well as cross-training as a wetland scientist.

In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, learning mandolin, looking for insects, and thrifting.

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)
• Southeast Bat Diversity Network (SBDN)
• The Wildlife Society

Certifications:
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Permit for Indiana, gray, northern long-eared, Virginia big-eared, and Ozark big-eared bats
• OSHA 30 Certificate
• OSHA 10 Hour
• PEC Premier SafeGulf / SafeLandUSA Safety Training

• Swamp School Wetland Delineation Training

• CPR/AED

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 completed 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
• TDEC QHP Training

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®

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.

Mike Schirmacher

Biologist

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Mike earned a M.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources from University of Georgia and a B.S. in Zoology from Tennessee Technological University. Mike brings over 23 years of experience on bat behavior and ecology and has spent the last 15 years working on bats and wind energy issues.

Mike has led and managed research projects on bat ecology and has extensive experience with methodology to study and understand bats in a variety of habitats. He assisted with early research designed to sample and identify bats using acoustic detectors. He has experience with a variety of capture and survey methods including hibernacula counts, radio-telemetry, roost tree surveys and exit counts, acoustic surveys, and behavioral studies using infrared videography.

For the last 15+ years, Mike has led and managed field-based research projects at operating wind energy facilities designed to understand, estimate, minimize, and mitigate the impact of wind energy on bats. He led field operations on the first U.S.-based curtailment study and the first study to test acoustic deterrents as minimization strategies. Mike has experience working on a variety of wind facilities, turbine models, and bat and bird species, and has worked with several stakeholders to find practical solutions to complex problems. He has co-authored several papers and publications on bats and wind energy issues and given numerous presentations on related topics.

Mike resided in Denver, Colorado and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his son, exploring and staying active in the Rockies, and playing semi-competitive tennis.

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 videographers. He also is our lead in vertical access surveys.

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

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)