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Sonoran Desert I&M Network (SODN)


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About the Sonoran Desert Network

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The Sonoran Desert Network (SODN) is one of 32 National Park Service (NPS) inventory and monitoring networks nationwide. These networks use vital signs monitoring to assess the condition of park ecosystems.

SODN is responsible to a Board of Directors and Technical Committee composed of park superintendents and staff who participate on a rotational basis. Program guidance and oversight is provided by the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring Division. The network leverages staff and resources by engaging in a number of intra- and interagency partnerships, including the Southwest Network Collaboration and Desert Research Learning Center.

General Contact Information

Sonoran Desert Network
12661 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85748
(520) 751-6860

Staff

Name Title/Position E-mail Primary Phone Alternate Phone
Andy Hubbard Program Manager Andy Hubbard (520) 751-6861 (520) 429-8147
Evan Gwilliam Ecologist (Aquatic) Evan Gwilliam (520) 751-6867 (520) 403-3055
Sarah Studd Ecologist (Vegetation) Sarah Studd (520) 751-6869 (520) 343-8845
Cheryl McIntyre Physical Scientist (Chihuahuan Desert Network) Cheryl McIntyre (575) 635-3659  
Kristen Bonebrake Data Manager & NPSpecies POC Kristen Bonebrake (520) 751-6864  
Leslie Aills Administrative Assistant Leslie Aills (520) 751-6863 (520) 546-1607
Alice Wondrak Biel Science Writer-Editor Alice Wondrak Biel (406) 250-1921 (406) 888-5828
Colleen Filippone Regional Hydrologist Colleen Filippone (520) 751-6874 (520) 403-2527
Jeff Galvin Biological Technician (vegetation) Jeff Galvin (520) 751-6870
Greg Goodrum Biological Technician (vegetation) Greg Goodrum (520) 403-1084  
Ed Kuklinski Biological Technician (vegetation) Ed Kuklinski (520) 305-2130  
Laura Palacios Biological Technician (aquatic) Laura Palacios (520) 343-8670 (520) 751-6868
Elise Dillingham Program Coordinator, Desert Research Learning Center Elise Dillingham (520) 425-6048  

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Andy Hubbard, Network Program Manager

Andy Hubbard

Primary Network Responsibilities

Overall manager of the Sonoran Desert Network program. Budget management, workplan establishment, contribution to scientific activities (protocol development, data analysis, interpretation, and writing).

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Climate, Terrestrial Wildlife

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • PhD, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University
  • MS, Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona
  • BS, Watershed Management, University of Arizona

I joined the Sonoran Desert Network in 2001. Prior to that, I was the plant ecologist for the Cape Cod National Seashore prototype I&M program, a prescribed-burn manager for the State of Texas, and a biotech with the U.S. Geological Survey–Water Resource Division, an USDA Agricultural Research Station, and at Saguaro National Park. My research interests include plant–animal interactions, plant ecophysiology with an emphasis on roots, and disturbance ecology. I've been a Wakonse Teaching Fellow since 1999 and was named NPS I&M Program Manager of the Year for 2010.

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Evan Gwilliam, Ecologist (Aquatic)

Evan Gwilliam

Primary Network Responsibilities

Protocol development, data collection, and data analysis for aquatic and riparian resources of the Sonoran Desert Network and Southern Plains Network.

Active Projects

Springs, Streams

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • MS, Natural Resource Science, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, Biology, University of Massachusetts
  • BA, English, University of Massachusetts

From 1999 to 2007, I was a technician and aquatic ecologist for the I&M prototype program at Cape Cod National Seashore. My areas of expertise include hydrology and aquatic ecology in arid-land riparian ecosystems, as well as marine, estuarine, and coastal ecology. Areas of interest include restoration ecology, habitat modeling, dreaming about surfing, and (not-so) quiet contemplation of the sublime majesty of Rock & Roll.

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Sarah Studd, Ecologist (Vegetation)

Sarah Studd

Primary Network Responsibilities

Protocol development, implementation, and project management for vegetation monitoring protocols. Project lead for network vegetation mapping and classification inventories.

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Vegetation Mapping and Classification, Exotic Plant Early Detection and Mapping

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • MS, Natural Resource Management and Ecology, University of Arizona
  • GIS certificate, University of Arizona
  • BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM

Prior to working for SODN, I was a senior research assistant with the Sonoran Institute for three years, conducting invasive plant mapping at NPS units and researching invasive plant ecology and treatment strategies. My interests include plant community ecology, restoration, fire ecology and plant succession, mapping and cartography, invasive species population dynamics, gardening, and watching live music.

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Cheryl McIntyre, Physical Scientist (Chihuahuan Desert Network)

Cheryl McIntyre

Primary Network Responsibilities

Protocol development, data analysis, and reporting for soil, aquatic, and riparian resources of the Sonoran Desert Network and Chihuahuan Desert Network.

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Streams, Springs, Natural Resource Condition Assessments

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • MS, Chemistry, University of Oregon
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Portland

From 2004 to 2011, I was an ecologist with the Sonoran Institute in Tucson. While at the Sonoran Institute, I collaborated with numerous I&M networks and worked extensively with SODN. Prior to that, I was briefly a semiconductor process engineer. My areas of interest include biological soil crusts, erosion modeling, cooking, soccer, sailing, and bicycling.

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Kristen Bonebrake, Data Manager & NPSpecies POC

Kristen Beaupré

Primary Network Responsibilities

Managing the data life cycle, project-management information, product and data dissemination, and data archiving for all SODN protocols. Managing tabular data and protocol databases for the Southwest Network Collaboration.

Active Projects

Creating enterprise solutions to information and data management issues.

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • BS, Wildlife Science, University of Arizona
  • MS, Natural Resource Studies, University of Arizona

I started working for the National Park Service as a student employee at Saguaro National Park in 1999. Under the direction of the park's GIS specialist, I was introduced to data management, GIS, and databases. After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked in various field jobs until joining the Sonoran Desert Network in November 2003. I recently completed an MS in Natural Resource Studies with an emphasis on information management at the University of Arizona.

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Colleen Filippone, Regional Hydrologist

Colleen Filippone

Primary Network Responsibilities

Groundwater monitoring program lead. Provides technical and administrative support to Streams and Springs programs. Actively involved with SODN stream gaging and water quality monitoring. Key Official for the Southeast Arizona Parks Natural Resource Condition Assessment.

Active Projects

Groundwater, Streams, Springs, Natural Resource Condition Assessments for Southeast Arizona Parks

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • MS, Hydrology and Water Resources, The University of Arizona
  • BS, Nature Interpretation and Recreation, State University of New York College at Cortland
  • BS Ed, Early Secondary Science Education, State University of New York College at Cortland

Colleen has been a Tucson resident since 1986. Prior to her work with the National Park Service, she was an outdoor educator in New York State and Maine, taught Earth Science and Physical Science in Idaho and Massachusetts public schools, participated in studies related to the unsaturated zone at the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and provided technical and project management hydrogeologic consulting services to the private sector, specializing in the mining industry.

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Alice Wondrak Biel, Science Writer-Editor

Alice Wondrak Biel

Primary Network Responsibilities

Providing writing, editing, and graphic design support for network communications in both print and electronic formats.

Active Projects

Editing and design of natural resource reports, monitoring protocols, briefs, and other communications that describe the work and mission of the network. Webmaster and novice podcaster.

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • PhD, Geography, University of Colorado
  • MA, American Studies, University of Wyoming
  • BPhil, Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University of Ohio

I have been a writer-editor for the National Park Service for more than 15 years, first at the Yellowstone Center for Resources and now for the I&M program. Prior to that, I worked seasonally as a planning assistant for Yellowstone National Park. I have authored numerous articles for professional journals as well as a book, Do (Not) Feed the Bears: The Fitful History of Wildlife and Tourists in Yellowstone (Univ. Press of KS, 2006).

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Jeff Galvin, Biological Science Technician

Jeff Galvin

Primary Network Responsibilities

Implement vegetation mapping and uplands vegetation monitoring protocols across the network. Oversee crews collecting field data for these protocols. Analyze vegetation map field data and create final map products.

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Vegetation Mapping

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • BS, Biology and Environmental Studies, Drew University

Upon moving to the desert southwest in 2005, I held a series of seasonal, vegetation-related positions with the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey, mainly dealing with restoration, post-fire monitoring, and rare plant surveys. From 2008 to 2011, I ran the botany program for the Western Riverside County (California) Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan. I started with the Sonoran Desert Network in 2011, managing crews for various vegetation-related protocols. Currently, I'm focused on helping to produce the final reports for a number of ongoing vegetation mapping projects.

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Greg Goodrum, Biological Science Technician

Greg Goodrum

Primary Network Responsibilities

Field crew lead for vegetation programs, including fire effects monitoring.

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Invasive Exotics/Early Detection, Streams & Springs (Riparian Vegetation), Vegetation Mapping

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • BS, Geography, University of Arizona

I joined SODN in fall 2011, having previously worked as a crew lead for plants biotechnicians at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vegetation mapping crewmember for SODN, an invasives removal crewmember for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and a GIS intern for Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge.

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Ed Kuklinski, Biological Science Technician

Ed Kuklinski

Primary Network Responsibilities

Field crew lead for uplands monitoring. Assist with a range of other network protocols, including springs, riparian vegetation, and terrestrial wildlife monitoring.

Active Projects

Vegetation & Soils, Streams (Riparian Vegetation), Terrestrial Wildlife, Herbarium Management

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • BS, Wildlife Management, University of Arizona
  • BA, Sociology, Clark University

I started my career with the National Park Service as a Student Conservation Association intern at Old Faithful Visitor Center in the summer of 1990. Since then, I've worked as a park ranger (interpretation), wildland firefighter, and now biological sciences technician at 11 parks all over the country. I first arrived in the Sonoran Desert in 1998, and have no plans on ever leaving. As a biologist, I'm a generalist. I've worked on projects ranging from horseshoe crab monitoring to tiger rattlesnake ecology. I started at the Sonoran Desert Network in 2015. My interests include birding, herping, fire ecology, wildlife camera monitoring, baseball and football, and the divine salvation of Rock-n-Roll.

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Laura Palacios, Biological Science Technician

Laura Palacios

Primary Network Responsibilities

Field crew lead for aquatic and riparian resources of the Sonoran Desert Network and Southern Plains Network.

Active Projects

Springs, Streams, Climate

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • BS, Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona
  • BS, Animal Sciences, University of Arizona

I started out as a volunteer at SODN in 2011, and worked as a student employee in data management before finding my interest in physical science. Prior to this job, I also worked in wildlife rehabilitation and outdoor children's programs. I greatly appreciate the varied nature of my current position, which allows me to work in many parks with different environmental conditions. I'm particularly interested in the effects of humans and climate change on hydrologic resources. I look forward to continuing to make progress towards understanding these interactions and assisting with management of these resources.

Elise Dillingham, Program Coordinator, Desert Research Learning Center

Elise Dillingham

Primary Network Responsibilities

Program coordination for the Desert Research Learning Center.

Active Projects

Terrestrial Wildlife, public/volunteer programming and outreach

Education and Areas of Expertise

  • Graduate Certificate, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Northern Arizona University
  • BS, Environmental Studies, Northern Arizona University

Prior to joining the Sonoran Desert Network, Elise worked as a backcountry field instructor and wildlife biology technician. As a field instructor, she helped design, implement, and facilitate backcountry experiential education programs. She participated in research that determined interactions of rabies host species (e.g., skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats), investigated behavioral differences between urban and rural mammals, and designed wildlife camera traps for herpetofauna. Her interests include wildlife conservation, human impacts on wildlife, environmental education, hiking with her dogs, traveling, and gardening.

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