Steering Committee

Here is more information on some of the folks who keep OBCI running!



Matthew Shumar
OBCI Coordinator

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.

sc_round_kimkaufmanKimberly Kaufman
OBCI Chair

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.

sc_round_augustfroehlichAugust Froehlich
OBCI Vice Chair

August is a GIS Analyst with The Nature Conservancy, with special interests in analysis and planning for watershed-scale projects.


sc_round_laurakearnsLaura Kearns
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.

sc_round_cottonrandallCotton Randall

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.

sc_round_katrinaschultesKatrina Schultes

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.

sc_round_johnwattsJohn Watts

Resource Manager, Columbus and Franklin County MetroParks

sc_round_mikereynoldsMike Reynolds

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.

sc_round_gregsmithGreg Smith

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.

bio_rodewald_155pxhtPaul Rodewald
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.