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  1. Photo of Person Brooke Maslo Brooke Maslo, Ph.D Extension Specialist 848-932-5572 brooke.maslo@rutgers.edu Brooke Maslo, Ph.D. is the Specialist in Wildlife Ecology for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, with a professional background in biological resources engineering an ecological restoration. Dr. Maslo's scientific research centers on understanding the evolutionary, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms underpinning the ability of wildlife populations to persist in the face of significant environmental change. Her work routinely combines quantitative, molecular, remote sensing, and field-based approaches to explore fundamental scientific questions. While her work contributes to basic scientific understanding, Dr. Maslo also actively translates research outcomes into practical, evidence-based directives to equip stakeholders with appropriate decision-support tools to advance conservation and sustainability objectives.
  2. Photo of Person Kathleen Kerwin Kathleen Kerwin, M.S. Program Associate 848-932-3211 kathleen.kerwin@rutgers.edu Kathleen Kerwin, M.S., received an undergraduate degree in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources from Rutgers University in 2012, and a master's degree in Ecology and Evolution in 2014. She has a strong background in wildlife monitoring and management, with project experience throughout the United States. Ms. Kerwin joined the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program in 2015. Her responsibilities include development and delivery of extension and education programming, program management, and delivery of extension services.
  3. Photo of Justin Martinez Justin Martinez Program Assistant 848-932-1586 jm1874@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Justin Martinez, is an undergraduate majoring in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. He participates in multiple Wildlife Conservation and Management Program projects and is specifically focused on advancing our understanding of the role bats play in integrated pest management. Justin also assists in field-based restoration and monitoring activities.
  4. Photo of Bobby Kwait Bobby Kwait Program Assistant 848-932-1586 robert.kwait@rutgers.edu Robert Kwait is a Ph.D student in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. He received a B.S. in Biology from Temple University in 2015. During that time he worked in labs with focuses in Marine Community Ecology and Zebra fish Molecular Biology. He has a diverse work history including background as a wildlife control technician and an EMT. During his graduate school studies he will be working on projects related to white-nose syndrome in bats from molecular and ecological perspectives.
  5. Photo of person Kiera Malone Kiera Malone Program Assistant 848-932-1586 kmm600@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Kiera Malone is a senior undergraduate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources department; additionally, she is pursuing a minor in Fisheries Science and a certificate in Environmental Geomatics. Kiera has been involved with the Maslo Lab since 2018, mainly assisting with field-based data collection and arthropod identification. She also also assits with restoration activities and delivers educational programming. She is currently working on her George H. Cook honors thesis studying how spider community composition has changed over time. Kiera is the president of the Rutgers Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
  6. Photo of Person Lara Watrous Lara Watrous Program Assistant 848-932-1586 lmw220@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Lara Watrous is an undergraduate majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. She has been a member of the Maslo Lab since the spring of 2019. Lara participates in ecological restoration and monitoring projects and invasive species management activities. She also assists with collecting data for bat-related research projects.
  7. Photo of Person Chris Crosby Chris Crosby Program Assistant 848-932-1586 christian.crosby@rutgers.edu Chris Crosby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Chris earned his B.S. at Stony Brook University in 2019 whilst majoring in Marine Vertebrate Biology. Before that, he spent 3 years working around different parts of the Pacific region as a member of the U.S. Army. For his research, Chris is focusing on the movements and habitat usage of the carnivores and scavengers that inhabit the New Jersey coastline. Chris assists the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program with invasive species management and habitat restoration implementation.
  8. Photo of Person Evan Drake Evan Drake Program Assistant 848-932-1586 ecd67@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Evan Drake is a Ph.D. candidate in the Maslo Lab at Rutgers University. He is interested in forest ecology, and he is studying the way North American bats use a forested landscape. Evan is a graduate of Stockton University where he learned about forestry and habitat management. After graduation, he worked as a field technician for the University of Delaware and the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife. Evan will be using spatial information to identify current and potential bat habitat. Evan delivers educational programming for the Wildlife Conservation Management Program.
  9. Photo of Person Tyler Christensen Tyler Christensen Program Assistant 848-932-1586 tcc87@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Tyler Christensen is a Ph.D student of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources from Rutgers in 2018. His interests include rare species conservation, avian ecology, and wildlife telemetry. His graduate research pertains to the stewardship of managed grasslands to provide for multiple guilds of imperiled birds, with a focus on raptors. Tyler performs plant and wildlife monitoring for the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.
  10. Photo of Person Adam Sirusas Adam Sirusas Program Assistant 848-932-1586 ajs574@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Adam Sirusas is an undergraduate majoring in Biomathematics at Rutgers University. He primarily works on projects that study white-nose syndrome in bats from a genomic perspective. He also assists in field-based restoration and invasive species management activities. After graduation, Adam hopes to pursue graduate studies in ecology, genetics, and mathematical modeling.
  11. Photo of Person Erin McHale Erin McHale Program Assistant 848-932-1586 emm308@scarletmail.rutgers.edu Erin McHale is a Ph.D student in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources department at Rutgers University. She has a strong background in wildlife rehabilitation and has participated in various wildlife conservation projects throughout New Jersey. In 2017, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Biology and spent the next year working on various research initiatives involving entomology and parasitology. Her dissertation research will focus on the foraging strategies and behaviors of bats.