Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 52

INSTRUCTOR PROFILES Holly Merker is an avid birder, a birding instructor and guide for National Audubon and the American Birding Association, and is the lead eBird data reviewer for Pennsylvania. When not out birding or leading birding tours, Holly teaches watershed ecology to thousands of school students in Downingtown, PA. Carrie Murphy is an extension agent and program leader for the Lawn and Garden Program at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. She is also the Master Gardener coordinator for New Castle County, Delaware and has a master’s degree in plant and soil sciences from the University of Delaware. Ken Norman, AIFD, PFCI, is a third-generation florist and has been a featured designer at the Philadelphia Flower Show. He conducts hands-on workshops, lectures, and presentations for professional and public audiences. Ken recently opened Floral Inspirations in Lewes, DE. Stacie Olson has been eco-printing for three years and creating with paper for over 18 years. She finds the magic of printing from leaves and flowers to be artistically addictive. She also teaches card making, rubber stamping, and three-dimensional paper crafting classes. Vic Piatt is the Gardens Manager at Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. He has held many positions at Mt. Cuba, including Plant Evaluation Gardener and Rock Outcrop/ Scree Gardens Horticulturist. Robert Raguso, PhD, is a professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University. His research interests run the spectrum of insect-plant interactions mediated by chemistry, especially the role of fragrance in pollination ecology and animal behavior. He has promoted his field by organizing symposia, short courses, and workshops world-wide. James Rockwell is the Greenhouse and Nursery Production Manager at Mt. Cuba Center, where he oversees plant production in our conservation research greenhouse. Prior to his tenure here, James earned two bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech and was a TRIAD Fellow at Longwood Gardens. Margaret Saylor is the editor/designer of the American Society of Botanical Artists’ The Botanical Artist journal. She earned a Certificate in Botanical art and Illustration, with distinction, from the New York Botanical Garden. Joe Sebastiani is the Ashland Nature Center Manager for the Delaware Nature Society. He is passionate about birds and wildlife, founded Ashland Hawk Watch, and edits Delaware eBird, an online checklist program, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sara Setzer is a fiber artist who specializes in the art of felt work. Inspired by nature, she creates eco-dyed and printed scarves, wraps, and collars using natural materials and leaves. Jessica Shahan is a biologist and environmental educator with the Nicholas Newlin Foundation in Glen Mills, PA. She received her MS in Biology from the University of North Dakota, focusing on landscape ecology and grassland bird communities. Jessica enjoys exploring the birding hotspots of Delaware and gardening for native pollinators. 52 Nate Shampine, CERP, is Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Manager responsible for implementing land conservation practices and developing healthy and functional ecosystems. He has a degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. Margaret Shillingford is the Education Program Specialist at Mt. Cuba Center and a former Docent. She earned a master’s degree in education from Wilmington University and a bachelor’s in Horticulture from Rutgers University. Judy Simon is a botanical artist and freelance illustrator who has combined her love of gardening with her drawing and painting career. She is a member of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is in many private collections. Bob Sprague is a Charter Member and former Director of the Native Orchid Conference, President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society, and Chairman of the International Orchid Show at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He travels extensively to photograph native orchids and birds. Chris Starr is a talented, experienced, and knowledgeable photographer who has had many roles at Mt. Cuba Center. At present, he is an Assistant Horticulturist and Pruning Specialist. Ian Stewart, PhD, was raised in Newcastle, England and received a doctorate in ornithology from the University of Leicester. He has conducted research on tree swallows and bluebirds and how local land management activities are affecting bird numbers and diversity throughout the year. Ian is currently an Ornithologist at the Delaware Nature Society. Derek Stoner is a past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, enjoys being out in nature, and is involved in improving land for floral and faunal biodiversity. His photographs and articles have been published in books, regional newspapers, nature magazines, and blogs. Emily Tinalli is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the Middle Naturalistic Gardens. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College and enjoys gardening with native plants, working in public horticulture, and wild land adventuring. William Trescott is the Arboriculture Manager at Mt. Cuba Center where he has worked for 26 years. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist ® and qualified tree risk assessor. Alice Waegel, PhD, is a retired biology professor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She spent a sabbatical at Mt. Cuba Center identifying different native moss species and developed a moss encyclopedia. Marcie Weigelt is the Lower Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center where she develops, maintains, and showcases our exceptional pond landscapes. She is also an experienced and avid moss and fern gardener. Ginger Woolridge is a trained landscape architect and Maryland-based garden consultant. Her book, Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, was highlighted in The NY Times Book Review summer list in 2018.