National Park Service

Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

About the Mojave Desert Network

The network consists of permanent, term, temporary and/or seasonal NPS employees, as well as contract staff frequently to help reach and maintain the goals of the network. The network also works with volunteers and student interns from time to time.

A multi-level organizational structure ensures that MOJN operates an effective inventory and monitoring program. This structure is comprised of a Board of Directors. Specific technical issues are managed using the MOJN Technical Committee and several Working Groups. The MOJN operates with guidance and oversight from the Inventory & Monitoring Division of the Washington Office.

Mojave Desert Network Staff Contact and Biographical Information

Name Title/Position Phone Number Profile
Allen Calvert Program Manager 702-293-8856 Profile
Mark Lehman Data Manager 702-293-8841 Profile
Nicole Hupp Ecologist 702-293-8677 Profile
Sarah Wright Assistant Data Manager 702-293-8844 Profile
Janel Brackin Science Communications Technician 702-293-8846 Profile
Alexander Whalen Field Logistics Lead 702-293-8679 Profile
Jennifer Bailard Hydrologic Technician 702-293-8731 Profile
Michael Steiner Hydrologic Technician 702-293-8943 Profile
Carissa Wilkerson Physical Science Technician 702-293-8680 Profile
Bennet Murch Physical Science Assistant 702-293-8843 Profile

Staff Profiles

Allen Calvert

Allen Calvert

Allen began working with the NPS Mojave Desert I&M Network in September 2016. Prior to this Allen was a biologist with the Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. Starting as a student intern with Reclamation in January 2005, Allen finished his B.S. in Biology at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas in December of 2005 and was hired on permanently in early 2006. Over the course of those 10 years Allen became the program's lead biologist for research and monitoring of all mammals (four bats and three rodents) and amphibians (two frogs and one toad) as well as the monitoring coordinator for three habitat conservation areas. In addition he had the opportunity to assist with riparian and marsh bird monitoring as well as riparian vegetation monitoring as it relates to habitat restoration.

Allen has spent the majority of his life living in southern Nevada and spends most of his time with his wife and four children. He also enjoys watching and occasionally playing hockey, snowboarding, biking and hiking. If he wasn't busy enough, Allen is also working on an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver with a goal to finish by the end of 2017.

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Mark Lehman

Mark Lehman

Mark came to MOJN in 2014 after nearly nine years of GIS and Data Management work in the National Capital Region I&M Network. Mark's education began with an interest in Information Technology, and he completed an M.S. in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh. After working in IT for many years, he became interested in environmental studies and went on to complete an M.S. in Environmental Science at Indiana University.

When Mark is not focused on solving Data Management problems for the MOJN, he enjoys biking, hiking, backpacking, photography and watching old movies. He is also building a robot.

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Nicole Hupp

Nicole Hupp

Nicole joined MOJN in January 2017 as the network ecologist after working as a partner from the University of Montana on the MOJN Invasive Species Early Detection Plan. Nicole has worked in the field of plant ecology for the past 8 years throughout North and South America, and received her MS in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana. Her interests lie in plant interactions in harsh ecosystems, including invasion in alpine and desert ecosystems.

Nicole enjoys boating, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and talking about plants with anybody who is willing.

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Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Sarah joined MOJN as Assistant Data Manager in October 2016, after working for MOJN as a Data Management Intern in 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has also studied electrical engineering and physics. In her work at MOJN, Sarah enjoys combining her programming experience with her interest in biology and conservation, and plans to pursue a master's degree in biology in the near future.

Outside of work, Sarah's interests include cooking, birding, photography, science education and outreach, and traveling.

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Janel Brackin

Janel Brackin

Janel graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2012, with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology. Janel's love of the desert stems from her life as a Las Vegas native. As a child, her family spent their free time camping, hiking, and taking road trips.

She enjoys volunteering her time to clean-up and restoration efforts in and around the Valley desert, and also dedicates her time to planning and overseeing fundraising events for countless local charities in Southern Nevada.

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Alex Whalen

Alex Whalen

Alex started with the NPS Mojave Desert I&M Network in 2013 as an SCA Intern. He then went on to work for the Summer of 2014 season as a Biological Science Technician for the Southern Colorado Plateau I&M Network in Flagstaff, AZ, doing field work for their Integrated Uplands Protocol. He then came back as MOJN's Biological Science Technician, doing field logistics for various protocols, and overseeing the Integrated Uplands Protocol. Alex has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently working on a M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Alex enjoys the outdoors, and traveling.

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Jennifer Bailard

Jennifer Bailard

Jennifer began working with the Mojave Desert Network in 2013 as a Student Conservation Association intern. She participated on field crews for diverse projects ranging from vegetation mapping to arid land spring surveys. After completing her internship last May, she spent the summer season as an interpretive park ranger in Death Valley National Park. In November, she was hired on by MOJN as a hydrologic technician and now assists the protocol lead with field work as well as data analysis and reporting. Over the years, Jennifer has fallen in love with the beautiful colors and exposed geology of the desert. Before she came to MOJN, this San Francisco Bay Area native received a B.A. in the Science of Earth Systems with a focus in biogeochemistry from Cornell University.

Her hobbies include running, digital photography, and hiking to obscure places of scientific interest. Her goal is to visit all of the major deserts in the world.

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Michael Steiner

Micheal Steiner

Michael is originally from Detroit, MI and moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to pursue a B.S from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas(UNLV). Following his undergrad, he completed his M.S. at UNLV in Geoscience, with a focus on geochemistry. He was hired by MOJN as a hydrologic technician after spending a few months as a Geoscientist-in-Park intern.

Michael enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, running, and playing with his dog Miggy.

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Carissa Wilkerson

Carissa Wilkerson

Carissa is originally from the Philadelphia area, but moved to Hampton, Virginia in 2006 to attend college. She earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University and an M.S. in Marine Science (physical oceanography concentration) from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary. After earning her graduate degree, Carissa spent three years teaching high school Earth science before joining MOJN as a physical science technician.

Carissa enjoys teaching fitness classes and working out, cooking, drawing, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities.

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Bennet Murch

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