Todd joined the AMJV in 2010 as the Science Coordinator and became Coordinator in 2012. Prior to working with the AMJV, he was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas’ School of Forest Resources. He received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with minors in Forest Science and International Agriculture from Penn State University. He then went on to obtain both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech. Todd’s office is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center with the VA Tech Conservation Management Institute.
Becky joined the AMJV in 2013. She received a B.A. in Biology from Hollins College, and gained considerable avian field and research experience working for Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and various universities. She earned a M.S. from the University of Florida under Dr. Peter Frederick looking at the health, habitat use, and movement patterns of the federally Endangered Wood Stork. She then completed her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University under Dr. Ted Simons studying the effects of atmospheric pollution on high-elevation birds and snails in the Southern Appalachians. She has been Chair of the Partners in Flight International Science Committee since 2016.
Amanda Duren first joined the AMJV in 2015 as the Pennsylvania Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forest Enhancement Partnership Coordinator before becoming our Habitat Delivery Coordinator in 2018. She graduated from the University of Delaware with an Masters in Wildlife Ecology, and earned a Bachelors degree from Pennsylvania State University in Environmental Resource Management. Prior to joining the AMJV, Amanda worked as the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), a coalition of more than 100 organizations that support bird and habitat conservation in Ohio. Amanda works out of home office in Pennsylvania.
Kevin Yoder joined the AMJV team as a Pennsylvania Field Forester in 2015. Kevin has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University in 2009. Before his current role, he was a project biologist/forester for National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), where he provided landowners technical assistance for creating young forest habitat for Golden-winged Warblers as part of the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program. He has also worked as a consulting forester to fulfill various forest management practices contracted through NRCS. Kevin works out of the NRCS office in Bloomsburg, PA.
Jesse joined the AMJV in 2018. She’s a native of Southwestern PA, and her love of nature was cultivated from a young age through camping, fishing, canoeing, and exploring the woods around her childhood home. This led to her ongoing pursuit of understanding the complex workings of the environment so that she could be a part of protecting natural resources. To that end, Jesse spent much of the past 15 years studying a variety of undergraduate and graduate environmental courses; working in a wide array of contractual and full-time environmental positions, mostly for state agencies; and attending environmental conferences and trainings as time allowed. Jesse obtained her A.A.S. in Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology from Garrett College, her B.S. in Forest Resources Management from West Virginia University, and her M. Ed. in Environmental Education and M.S. Parks and Recreation Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in the states of PA, MD, WV, OH, and NC in multiple capacities, including Technician (Nature Tourism, Black Bear Survey, Nutrient Management/Chesapeake Bay, GIS, Forest Insect Pest, Biological Field-Windmill Site Surveys), Forester (Urban, Logging, Landscape Watershed, Utility), PA Woodmobile Coordinator, Teacher (High School Science and Substitute), and Sierra Club Western MD Conservation Coordinator. Jesse is based in Blacksburg, VA.