Steven Schaller – Supervisory Park Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park

Steven Schaller – Supervisory Park Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park

In October of 2016, Athia and Steven Schaller, the Supervisory Park Ranger for Glacier Bay National Park, worked together to identify a balance of species for the Glacier Bay National Park Area Starter Deck. Steven provided some much needed insights and photos, and shared some pretty cool information about his favorite animals, the seabirds, especially about the Kittlitz Murrelet, a species of seabird that has been declining in numbers recently and uses the Glacier Bay area as a primary nesting ground. So, naturally, Athia added the seabird to the deck. Steven is even in the deck as well as our Waterfowl Specialist. Here are Steven’s Answers to our Humans in EDGE questions. What is your full name and title? Steve Schaller, Supervisory Park Ranger Where do you work and reside? I work at Glacier Bay National Park and I reside in Gustavus, Alaska What is your educational background? I graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Wildlife Management. What was your life like growing up? My life was filled with exploration and discovery. I come from a large family, six children and very supportive parents. They always took us on trips to explore the country and to learn new things about the natural world. What are you currently reading? Why? I love reading Lonely Planet books about traveling to other countries. These books provide little snippets about each country and I enjoy planning trips to these countries to learn about their natural world. What are you curious about or exploring in your field of expertise at the moment? I am always curious about the National Parks...

Steven Harris, Interim Dean, College of Arts, Education and Sciences

One of my favorite people to talk with about nature is Steven Harris. When I attended Clarion University as a student from 1997-2001, Steve was my sounding board for bad ideas related to student projects. His knowledge of the natural sciences especially in his area of expertise, Entomology, is impressive to say the least. Many times, I would ask him a question about something random I was learning and he would begin with “I don’t know, I guess…” and by the end of the conversation I was given an education, or routed to an expert he knew that would have the answer I was looking for. As an employee of Clarion University over the last ten years, Steve and I have bounced ideas off each other on numerous occasions. Once he was aware that Athia and Maia were making a game about wildlife, he was not only on board with helping them research the odd invertebrates they would photograph and bring in, but he also purchased a few sets of the game and sent them off to science teachers he knew. We have much respect and love for Dr. Steven Harris, and look forward to bending his ear in the future. Here are Steve’s answers to our questions. What is your full name and title? Steven C. Harris, Interim Dean, College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at Clarion University of Pennsylvania Where do you work and reside? Clarion University What is your educational background? Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology, PhD in Entomology What was your life like growing up? Pretty normal, played sports, outdoor activities Did you have a nickname? If...
Chelsea and Kelsey – Student Assistants for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Chelsea and Kelsey – Student Assistants for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

One of the best parts about watching the girls grow and learn is to see them interacting with other young people they meet along the way. Below are two student assistants that submitted answers to us. Chelsea and Kelsey both work for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We met them through Karen Cleveland. (We are still patiently waiting for Karen to submit her answers so we can blog about her immeasurable assistance introducing Athia and Maia to the Michigan area). Chelsea and Kelsey, along with three other students comprise the five versions of the Environmental Student card. Without further ado, here are their answers. What is your full name and title? Chelsea White, Student Assistant Kelsey Fisher, Student Assistant   Where do you work and reside? Chelsea – I work for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Lansing, MI and I live in Fowlerville, MI. Kelsey – I currently work for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division as a Student Assistant.   What is your educational background? Chelsea – I have a BS from Michigan State University in fisheries and wildlife with a concentration in wildlife biology and management. Kelsey – I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a major in Fisheries and Wildlife and a concentration in Wildlife Biology and Management from Michigan State University. I attended Lansing Community College for my general education credits prior to attending MSU.   What was your life like growing up? Chelsea – I grew up in a rural area of southeastern Michigan in a town called Fowlerville. I spent most of my weekends in northern Michigan...