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Jennifer Pontius

My research is cross-disciplinary with the ultimate goal of scaling plot-based forest health relationships to a landscape-scale using remote sensing and GIS modeling. To date, this work has focused on the detection and mapping of pre-visual forest decline symptoms resulting from invasive species, global climate change and acid deposition/nutrient depletion. These techniques provide a much-needed tool for the early detection of new and existing stressors and will allow forest management agencies to focus management efforts before stands are severely impacted.

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James Duncan

Jim Duncan serves as the director of the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, where he strives to improve access to information and monitoring of forested ecosystems in the northeast. He supports Cooperators by making long-term monitoring data on the region’s forested ecosystems more accessible, providing needed aggregation and syntheses of disparate data into products that are more useful for seeing and responding to change, and building new regional networks for greater collaboration in monitoring. He also supports interdisciplinary teams in UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with spatiotemporal analysis and integration of social and ecological data, and serves on his towns tree board. He previously worked to increase transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors by giving decision makers and citizens tools to map and interact with data, including in Mongolia and Ghana.

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Alexandra Kosiba

Ali is a forest ecologist and dendrochronologist (tree rings) who specializes in understanding tree response to environmental change. She has worked with FEMC over the years, first as a graduate student studying tree growth in the FEMCs long-term study site at Mt. Mansfield and as a part-time staff member to author the annual reports. Now at the FEMC, she coordinates and oversees regional and state scientific projects.

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Mike Finnegan

Mike focuses on developing digital tools that can be used to manage and visualize data gathered by our cooperators, also serving as the main field technician for the FEMC's remote meteorlogical stations and is the primary site operator at the air quality site in Underhill, VT. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in computer science and working as a field technician for years, Mike has developed an understanding of data requirements and idiosyncrasies. Outside of work Mike loves biking, climbing, skiing, and playing music.

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John Truong

John started his work with FEMC as a summer field intern in 2016 after graduating from the University of Vermont. Following the field season, he transitioned from an intern to the Project and Field Coordinator. When he’s not working on field projects John can be found at our Spear St. office crunching data, working on outreach, and other miscellaneous tasks. Outside of work John enjoys volleyball, photography, fishing on his kayak, and drumming.

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Matthias Sirch

Matthias is working to collect and archive overlooked datasets throughout New England and New York. He has monitored forests as they relate to declining bird species across the United States and has pursued his interest in geospatial techniques between field seasons through the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab.

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Emma Tait

Emma is a social and digital geographer with a love of maps and computer programming. She began working with FEMC in January 2016 while an undergrad at UVM. After graduating in 2017 she began working full time as a GIS technician working with regional partners standardizing and aggregating Forest Health data. After a year’s hiatus to get a masters she’s back at FEMC as a spatial analyst, writing programs for large scale spatial data analysis and developing web tools for interactive mapping and spatial modeling.

Current Interns

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Ismar Biberovic
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2017

Ismar has worked on the highschool driven VAPMP monitoring project looking at long term pH trends, assisted in creating media for the FEMC, and helped with data rescue work through archiving metadata from various resources.

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Stephen Rotella
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2017

Steve assisted with the dendroband pilot study and also hemispherical photo processing and analysis as part of the FHM project.

Past Staff

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Carl Waite
  • VMC Director
  • Active: 1991-2016

As Program Coordinator for the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), I work with cooperators from state and federal agencies, academia and environmental non-profit organizations to coordinate their monitoring and research activities and to try to connect them to other folks or groups with similar interests. I am also site supervisor for several national environmental monitoring programs with sampling equipment located at the Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill, including: NADP/NTN, NADP/MDN, USDA UVB, AMNet and AMON. Additionally, I am a research team member of the NForM Climate Change Study and Aiken Green Roof experiment.

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Mim Pendleton
  • Site Operator
  • Active: 1995-2018

Starting as a part-time site coverage operator at FEMC’s air quality site in Underhill in the mid-1990s, Mim became the primary air quality technician in the early 2000s. As needs changed over the years, Mim edited the VMC newsletter, worked on communications and outreach, and various FEMC publications. Along with the rest of the FEMC staff, she has organized the Annual Conference, edited the Annual Monitoring Update and worked on our database and website. Mim retired in the spring of 2018, but remains on staff as a consultant and extra pair of hands for the air quality site. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and hanging around with her ancient horse and other critters, and traveling to new places, especially cities.

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Judy Rosovsky
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Active: 1996-2017

Judy works with research biologists on a variety of forest health projects, ranging from insect diversity to acid rain monitoring with the goal of facilitating communication between research scientists, politicians and the lay public; and to archive and make forest ecosystem and other ecological information available in an accessible manner to a wider audience. Until recently Judy taught as an adjunct instructor in local colleges, primarily at Johnson State College. Judy previously split her time between FEMC and the USDA’s APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, which is a regulatory arm of the USDA. She is now the State Entomologist for the state of Vermont

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Caroline Drayton
  • Environmental Technician
  • Active: 2016-2017

Beginning as a Perennial Intern through the Rubenstein school, Carloline was hired as temporary staff in 2017. Here, she worked on analyzing and developing a methodology for the FHM Hemi photo protocol. She also worked on establishing a protocol for FHM's dendroband project.

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Danielle Ward
  • FHM Intern, 2018
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Gene Desideraggio
  • FHM Intern, 2018