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About the Northern Colorado Plateau Network

The NCPN I&M Program is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring.

A multi-level organizational structure ensures accountability and efficiency of the NCPN I&M program. The network is responsible to a Board of Directors and Technical Committee, and program guidance and oversight is provided by the Inventory & Monitoring Division of the National Park Service's Washington Office.

Northern Colorado Plateau Network Staff Contacts

Name Title/Position Phone Number Profile
Dusty Perkins Program Manager 970-589-1474 Profile
Alice Wondrak Biel Writer-Editor 406-250-1921 Profile
Luke Gommermann Biological Science Technician 435-719-2354 Profile
Carolyn Hackbarth Hydrologic Technician 435-719-2344 Profile
Sarah Karinen Biological Science Technician 435-719-2342 Profile
Mary Anne Schrade Administrative Assistant 928-523-1798 Profile
David Thoma Landscape Ecologist 406-994-7725 Profile
Helen Thomas Data Manager 435-719-2340 Profile
Amy Washuta Biological Science Technician 435-719-2353 Profile
Rebecca Weissinger Aquatic Ecologist 435-719-2356 Profile
Aneth Wight Cartographic Technician 435-719-2348 Profile
Dana Witwicki Ecologist 435-719-2352 Profile

Dusty Perkins
Dusty Perkins, Program Manager

Responsible for continued planning, management, implementation and coordination of all aspects of the NCPN I&M Program. Dusty oversees the Big Rivers, Invasive Plant, Landbird, and Air Quality protocols. Before coming to the NCPN, Dusty served as the I&M coordinator for the NPS Southern Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network. Prior to joining NPS, Dusty was a Wildlife Biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service, Naples, FL. Education: B.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, University of Massachusetts, and Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine.


Alice Wondrak Biel
Alice Wondrak Biel, Writer-Editor

Responsible for creating a variety of communication products designed to support the network’s inreach and outreach efforts. Before joining the I&M program, Alice was a writer-editor for the Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park. Education: B. Phil. Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University; M.A, American Studies, University of Wyoming; Ph.D. Geography, University of Colorado.


Luke Gommermann
Luke Gommermann, Biological Science Technician

Responsible for the Big Rivers, Invasive Plant, and Wadeable Streams monitoring crew (Crew Leader) and collecting data across network parks. Before permanently joining NCPN in January 2017, Luke worked seasonally with the NPS as a biological science technician with NCPN and as a park ranger of environmental education at Big Cypress National Preserve. Education: B.S. Geological Sciences, University of Florida; M.S. Soil and Water Science, University of Florida.


Carolyn Hackbarth
Carolyn Hackbarth, Hydrologic Technician

Collects and summarizes hydrologic data associated with water quality and integrated riparian monitoring. Education: B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado.


Sarah Karinen
Sarah Karinen, Biological Science Technician

Responsible for the upland vegetation monitoring crew (Crew Leader), and collecting data across network parks. Education: B.S. Environmental Biology/Plant Biology, Michigan State University.


Mary Anne Schrade
Mary Anne Schrade, Administrative Assistant

Provides administrative support to NCPN and SCPN networks including travel, timekeeping and purchasing. Education: B.A. Psychology, Northern Arizona University.


David Thoma
David Thoma, Landscape Ecologist

Responsible for satellite-based monitoring of land condition / land use and integrating results from multiple monitoring protocols. Background is in watershed and soil science with an emphasis on operational remote sensing applications that address resource management needs. Education: B.S. Agronomy, University of Arkansas, M.S. Soil Science, Montana State University, and Ph.D. in Watershed Science from University of Minnesota.


Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas, Data Manager

Responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the network's data infrastructure and standards. Education: B.S. Decision & Information Sciences, University of Maryland, M.S. Operations Research, University of Texas, Ph.D. Information Technology, Georgia Tech.


Amy Washuta
Amy Washuta, Biological Science Technician

Collects data and assists crew leaders for Uplands, Big Rivers, Invasive Plant and Wadeable Streams protocols across network parks. Amy has a hybrid background of science and education and has taught high school biology and worked for the NPS as a park ranger in environmental education. Education: B.S. Geological Sciences, University of Florida; M.S. Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida.


Rebecca Weissinger
Rebecca Weissinger, Aquatic Ecologist

Responsible for springs and water quality monitoring and assists with integrated riparian monitoring. Education: M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, Northern Arizona University.


Aneth Wight
Aneth Wight, Cartographic Technician

Obtains, creates and manages spatial data for the network; creates maps and performs spatial analyses. Expertise: GIS, cartography and GPS technology. Education: B.S. Geography and Earth Resources, Utah State University.


Dana Witwicki
Dana Witwicki, Vegetation Ecologist

Responsible for the uplands, wadeable streams, and climate monitoring programs, as well as coordinating the vegetation monitoring field crews. Background in plant/soil ecology and invasives. Education: B.S. Biology, Cornell University, M.S. Environmental Science, Oregon State University.


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