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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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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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Nancy Voorhis

Nancy Voorhis is the Database and Web Developer for the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC). She is responsible for development and management of the FEMC data archive, website, and associated cyberinfrastructure. She most recently worked as a consultant developing software, performing web and database backend programming and providing system and network support to nonprofits and educational institutions. She started her career working for the USDA Forest Service as a Research Forester. Outside of work, she enjoys being active, and preferably outside, pursuing hiking, biking, cross country skiing, tennis, swimming – depending on the season.

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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.

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Jake Van Deursen

Jake began his service with FEMC in the fall of 2019 as a member of ECO AmeriCorps. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2019 with a BA degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. Jake will be assisting with the collection and archive of high quality data from Vermont’s health monitoring network. He also focuses on developing routes of outreach and engagement to maximize the potential for utilization of FEMC archives and products. Having grown up in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, Jake is now excited to explore the terrain of Vermont's Green Mountains. 

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Alyx Belisle

Alyx started working as a Data Archivist with FEMC in the winter of 2019. She graduated UVM with a BS in Plant and Soil Science. Most of her work experience is in residential and commercial sustainable landscaping. She is excited to explore the studies implemented by conservation programs around the state that she grew up in.

Current Interns

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Brenna Christensen
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2019

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Julia Pupko
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2019

Julia is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont with a BS in Environmental Science and minor in Wildlife Biology. She spent her undergrad years researching agriculture and climate change under Dr. Carol Adair and is now shifting her focus to forest systems, where she is deeply interested in how nutrient cycling and ecological systems will be impacted by climate change. Julia is interning with FEMC to work on the Forest Health Monitoring project.

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Gene Desideraggio
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2019

Gene O. is from Connecticut and moved to Vermont to major in Forestry and minor in Geology at the University of Vermont to learn more about the natural world and ecosystem sciences. He had his first field job working for FEMC as a forest health monitoring intern in the Summer of 2018, since then he has graduated and stuck around Vermont helping FEMC with various projects and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Vermont.

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Maddie Quill
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2020

Maddie is an Environmental Science Major with a Geospatial Technologies Minor. She am from Andover, MA and was a competitive gymnast and diver in high school. Now, she loves pretty much any outdoor activities, including skiing and hiking.

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Daria Etchings
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2020

Daria is a sophomore at the University of Vermont with a major in Forestry and minors in Wildlife Biology and Geospatial Technologies. When not out conducting field work, Daria enjoys traveling around VT, hiking and identifying trees! Daria is excited to be archiving data for FEMC, establishing and evolving her professional skills in the workplace.

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Kira Cincotta
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2020

Kira is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice and minors in Geography and Statistics. She is particularly interested in data driven intelligence and geospatial technologies. Outside of academia Kira enjoys exploring trails with her dog Fynn and skiing. Kira is stoked for the opportunity to archive data for FEMC and to expand organizational and analytical skills in a professional environment.

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Lukas Kopacki
  • Intern
  • Joined FEMC: 2020

Lukas Kopacki is from Ringwood, NJ and is currently a junior majoring in forestry with minors in history and geospatial technologies at UVM. When off of work, Lukas enjoys getting lost in the woods, gardening and woodworking. Lukas is glad to be afforded the opportunity to work at the FEMC and has cultivated a love for data within his three months aboard.

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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Mike Finnegan
  • Database and Web Developer, Site Operator
  • Active: 2016-2019

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 Benner
  • Intern, 2019
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Eva Paradiso
  • Intern, 2019
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Danielle Ward
  • Intern, 2018
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Stephen Rotella
  • Intern, 2018
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Ismar Biberovic
  • Intern, 2018
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Gene Desideraggio
  • Intern, 2018