Dr. Larry Stevens is the Curator of Ecology at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Director of SSI. He received his Ph.D in Zoology from Northern Arizona University in 1989, and served as the ecologist for Grand Canyon National Park from 1989 to 1994. Well respected in the field of ecology, Dr. Stevens was the editor for Red Lake Books, has served on many ecological councils in Arizona, conducted research on biogeography, springs ecology, and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Learn more about Larry's work - Curriculum Vitae.
Jeri Ledbetter - Program Manager
Jeri Ledbetter is the Program Manager for SSI. She holds a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University and is the head developer of Springs Online. She has conducted springs research for SSI as well as consulted for Northern Arizona University. She is also a well respected member of the Grand Canyon river runner community. View her Curriculum Vitae here.
Jeff Jenness - GIS analyst
Jeff Jenness is a wildlife biologist and GIS analyst with 16 years experience chasing spotted owls for the USFS, and 15 years running his own GIS consulting business. He is currently a GIS data technician at the MNA. View his Curriculum Vitae here.
Ed Schenk - Project Manager
Ed Schenk received his Bachelors in Geology from Hanover College and a Masters in Water Resources from Indiana University. Prior to joining SSI, Ed was a research ecologist/geomorphologist with the USGS National Research Program and a physical scientist for Grand Canyon NP. He has authored over two dozen articles on river and wetland restoration and chaired three research symposiums. When not in the office you can find Ed out on the trails surrounding Flagstaff and Sedona or canyoneering a slot canyon.
courtney mcdaniel - Research Associate
Courtney McDaniel received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in the Department of Entomology in May 2016. Her dissertation research focused on ecological impacts of flow regulation on rivers and floodplains. She earned her M.S. from Auburn University with a floristic study of Weaver Creek wetland, a spring-fed system in northwestern Florida. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications, and received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award from the University of Georgia in 2015. View her Curriculum Vitae here.
Joseph Holway - Springs Technician
Joseph Holway is a Springs Technician for SSI. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Prescott College. He has conducted springs research for SSI as well as field research for Stevens Ecological Consulting since 2015. He is an avid cyclist, climber, and aspiring young Grand Canyon River Guide.
Bernardo Murrieta - Assistant Springs Technician
Bernardo Murrieta received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Sonora. He spent the last year working for our partner Sky Island Alliance in Tucson, Arizona focusing on conservation and restoration within the Sky Island region. Since moving to Flagstaff Bernardo has become very interested in climbing and exploring the Colorado Plateau.
Alek Mendoza - Springs Intern
Alek recieved her Bachelors degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Oregon State. Alek was a Recipient of the OSU-Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) research opportunity. Prior to joining SSI, Alek worked for the Great Basin Insitute and North Dakota State University performing land health assessment surveys. Alek enjoys much of what Northern Arizona has to offer including: Skiing, hiking, and biking.
Collaborators and Research Associates
Dr. Gary Alpert
Dr. Gary Alpert, also known as the Global Ant Coordinator, is internationally respected as an authority on ant taxonomy. He has taught as an associate professor of entomology at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts. He has worked at the forefront of transitioning traditional methods of study into contemporary, web based tools. As the coordinator for these projects, the Global Ant Project (http://gap.entclub.org/) and the AntWiki Project (http://www.antwiki.org/Main_Page), he has created a forum for the exchange of technical information on Formicidae and collaboration with scientists and students around the world. Originally from the Seattle area, Dr. Alpert received his B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University (1969), as well as his M.S. in Entomology (1972). He then completed his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1981. His passion for biology and biodiversity extends to native cultures, having worked with the Navajo Nation as a collaborator and instructor on the creation of Navajo Nature (http://navajonature.org/), an online repository for information on the natural environments of the Navajo Reservation. Whilst at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Dr. Alpert has enthusiastically studied the native species of the Colorado Plateau and is working with the Springs Stewardship Institute to develop digital libraries of the Museum’s collections. View his Biographical Sketch here.
Gloria graduated from Northern Arizona University with a MS in biology. She is a long-time aquatic ecologist working with aquatic macrophytes and algae of the southwestern United States including the Grand Canyon. Gloria has contributed to studies of the Humpback chub and other native fish of the southwestern United States and served as an instructor in plant taxonomy, ecology, and natural history for NAU, Flagstaff Public Schools, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Gloria is excited to return to MNA to further the work of the Spring Stewardship Institute by assisting with information management, research proposal development, as well as project planning and execution. View Gloria's Curriculum Vitae here.