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...
Anthony Ortega – Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies

Anthony Ortega – Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. Anthony found the girls on Facebook and liked their page back in its infancy. He labels himself as a game designer, but he is truly an educational game guru. Athia and Maia were looking for more experience in game development a few years ago and Anthony found out about it and invited us down as guests to see the Harrisburg University of Science and Tech’s Game Development Studio. It was quite a fun time for us. The girls were invited to a lunch with some of the schools’ leadership and professors. They were asked questions about their games and their goals as a company. Then Anthony’s students learned to play EDGE of EXTINCTION while the girls fielded questions. I think the coolest part for us what the invitation itself, but Maia and Athia said it was their Virtual Reality Simulator … They may be right. So without further ado, here is Anthony Ortega’s questions and answers. What is your full name and title? Anthony Ortega. Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies as well as Corporate Faculty for the Interactive Media Program, both for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Where do you work and reside? I work live and work in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. What is your educational background? I have a BFA in Illustration from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and an MET in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. What was your life like growing up? It’s kind of hard to encapsulate what I was like growing up without...
Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. If I remember correctly Donna wasn’t sure if she was interested when I initially asked, so I had to send in the big guns and asked Athia to hike a bit with her. After a few miles of chatting, she was on board. We are glad to have her in the game and along the trail. Donna has a knowledge of the natural world I find refreshing. We talk about many of the species we find along the trail when hiking. Below are a few questions we asked Donna along with her responses. What is your full name and title? Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D., Associate professor of Cell Biology, Associate Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging Where do you work and reside? I work at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I live in Glenshaw (Shaler), PA What is your educational background? I have a BS in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, both degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst What was your life like growing up? I grew up in rural north central Massachusetts, close to the New Hampshire border but about 1 hr away from Boston. Our property bordered on a dairy farm. My sister and I would spend a lot of time outdoors every season, playing outside in the streams, ponds, with the cows, my friends horses, playing hide and seek in the hayloft at the dairy farm, riding our bikes to our grandmother’s house, about 2 miles away. I loved to collect insects with my dad. I also liked to sew. In the winter we...