Here is more information on some of the folks who keep OBCI running!
Matthew Shumar is a wildlife biologist specializing in ornithology and landscape ecology, with specific interests in assessing anthropogenic effects on neotropical migrants. Matthew received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Forest Science, and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University. In addition to serving as OBCI Coordinator, he is the webmaster for the Association of Field Ornithologists and was the Project Coordinator for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II. Matthew is also an avid music lover and spends much of his free time exploring independent music and drumming in local bands.
Kimberly Kaufman is an Ohio native whose lifelong love of the outdoors grew into a passion for birds in the 1990s. She monitored nesting Bald Eagles for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and ran bluebird trails before she began banding migrant songbirds for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). Kim’s involvement with BSBO escalated as she became the observatory’s education director in 2005 and then executive director in 2009, a position she still holds. Kim played a key role in starting the highly successful Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teenagers that has served as a model for youth programs in 13 other states, as well as The Biggest Week In American Birding, a spring event that rapidly has become one of the largest birding festivals on the continent. She is a contributing editor to Birds & Blooms magazine and coauthor of the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England.
OBCI Vice Chair
August is a GIS Analyst with The Nature Conservancy, with special interests in analysis and planning for watershed-scale projects.
Conservation Research and Planning Committee Chair
Laura Kearns is a Wildlife Biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, where she oversees projects with wetland and forest birds, in addition to several raptor species. Her research interests include predator-prey interactions, urban ecology, and avian conservation and management. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Kenyon College, an M.S. in Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from The Ohio State University, and has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations with a focus on avian conservation and research. She loves traveling and birding, and recently observed megapodes and bowerbirds on a trip to Australia.
Rebecca Rose is the Field Conservation Manager at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium acting as the liaison between the Zoo and conservationists throughout the world. The Zoo provides more than 70 grants to projects in 30 countries each year. Rebecca serves on the steering committees of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) and the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC) conference which she helped establish in 1995. She has been involved with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) since the organization was founded in 2000 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of Friends of Bonobos– a support organization for the world’s only sanctuary for the endangered bonobo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebecca has traveled to several African countries and Central and South America in support of the Zoo’s Conservation Programs. With a background in environmental education, she has developed a number of unique teaching resources and traveling kits that are used by projects throughout the world. Rebecca is an instructor for the Ohio State University School of Natural Resources course on Zoo Science and Management (ENR 415), and gives presentations to a variety of audiences on topics related to global wildlife conservation.
Cotton Randall is currently the Special Projects Administrator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. Cotton coordinates Ohio’s Forest Legacy Program (federally funded forest land protection program), serves as a statewide forest resource planner, and assists in the administration of the Division’s private lands programs. Cotton joined the Division of Forestry in 2005 and worked as a service forester in central Ohio before changing to his current position in 2009.
Katrina has served as a Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service at the Wayne National Forest in Ohio since 2002. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Ball State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University. Her master’s thesis focused on roost tree selection by Indiana bats and northern (long-eared) bats on the Wayne National Forest.
Resource Manager, Columbus and Franklin County MetroParks
Division of Wildlife Representative
Mike Reynolds is the Wildlife Research Administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. He has participated in studies to estimate survival and the effects of hunting on Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, and White-tailed Deer. He has recently assumed the role of Forest Wildlife Habitat Coordinator and will work to implement forest focus area and forest habitat tactical plans on public lands in Ohio. Mike represents the Division of Wildlife on the Cerulean Warbler Working Group and steering committees of the Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain (BCR 13) and Appalachian Mountains (BCR 28) Bird Conservation Regions.
Past OBCI Chair
Greg Smith is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University and Executive Director of the Ohio Biological Survey. Greg received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Statistics from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests focus on Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology. More specifically, Greg’s work investigates how and why populations are structured across space and time, including the influence of human- dominated landscapes on native species. Greg is married with two children and is a certifiable geek.
Past OBCI Chair
Paul is based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where he is Senior Editor of the Birds of North America series. His research has emphasized the stopover ecology of migrant landbirds, particularly their movement ecology and habitat selection and how these relate to local- and landscape-scale attributes. He is interested in avian biogeography and the myriad of factors that influence distributional change, pursuing some of these interests through the Second Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas. Paul did extensive teaching as an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Ohio State University (2001-2013), and during his time in Ohio he served as Chair of OBCI. He is now a Senior Lecturer at Cornell where he teaches Field Biology, a natural history-based course for undergraduates in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.