Todd Fearer, AMJV Coordinator
Todd Fearer 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, conducting research as part of the Appalachian Cooperative Grouse Research Project and evaluating population-habitat relationships of forest breeding birds at multiple spatial and temporal scales, respectively.
Becky Keller, AMJV Science Coordinator
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.
Matthew Cimitile, AMJV Conservation Communications & Public Affairs Specialist
Matthew began work with the AMJV in 2012. Prior to joining the team, Matthew worked for the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center as a writer and multimedia specialist. In this role he produced press releases, feature articles, online content, and helped develop a video podcast series that went on to win a USGS Shoemaker Award in audio and visual communications. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tampa and a master’s in environmental journalism from Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, Matthew interned with The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Health News, and was part of the initial team that started the environmental reporting website Great Lakes Echo.
Amanda Duren, Pennsylvania Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator
Phone: (570) 387-7714 ext 131
Amanda Duren recently joined the AMJV as the Pennsylvania Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forest Enhancement Partnership Coordinator. 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.
Kyle Aldinger, West Virginia Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator
Phone: (304) 284-7595
Kyle joined the AMJV as our new West Virginia Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator. Kyle is employed by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) through a cooperative agreement between NWTF and American Bird Conservancy (ABC). Kyle will be working in close partnership with the West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote habitat management for Cerulean Warblers on private lands via technical assistance and outreach. Kyle earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies; Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from California University of Pennsylvania in May 2007 and subsequently completed his M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2010. Kyle studied ecology, management, and survey methodology of Golden-winged warblers, which have habitat needs that parallel Cerulean warblers. In addition, Kyle began pursuit of his Ph.D. in Forest Resource Science: Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at WVU in 2010 for which his research involved studying ecology and management of Golden-winged warblers and associated species.
Kevin Yoder, AMJV Pennsylvania Field Forester
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.
Slater Hafer, AMJV Pennsylvania Field Forester
Slater Hafer is an AMJV Pennsylvania Field Forester, who began in 2015. Slater received his B.S. in Forest Resource Management from West Virginia University in 2014. While working on his degree, he also worked for the Maryland Forest Service as a Natural Resources Technician at Potomac Garrett State Forest. Prior to joining the AMJV, he was with Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Golden-winged Warbler Forester for private landowners as part of the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program.
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture is located on the campus of Virginia Tech within the Conservation Management Institute:
1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250
Blacksburg, VA 24061