Juvenile Raccoon

Meet the Wildlife Futures Team

Based out of Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the Wildlife Futures Program is led by ecologist Dr. Julie Ellis, and veterinarian and toxicologist Dr. Lisa Murphy.

Wildlife Futures Team

Post Docs
Sabrina Greening
Brock Geary
 Axel O. G. Hoarau
 Jennifer Høy-Petersen 

Jennifer Høy-Petersen, Cand.med.vet, Postdoctoral Researcher

Field Operations Staff
Ian Gereg, Wildlife Futures
  • Ian Gereg, MSc, Southeast Region
Lauren Maxwell, Wildlife Futures
  • Lauren Maxwell, Northeast Region
Lane Potts-Wildlife Futures
  • Lane Potts, Northwest Region
Luke Scherer, Wildlife Futures
  • Luke Scherer, MS, Southwest Region
Matt Schaub, Wildlife Futures
  • Emma Kring, MSc, Southcentral Region
 Madison Stevens
  • Madison Stevens, Greater Harrisburg Area

Diagnostic Laboratory Testing Staff
 Casey Maynard
  • Casey Maynard, Sample Resource Manager  
John Armstrong, Wildlife Futures
  • John Armstrong, ELISA Technician
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  • Jan Yacabucci, ELISA Technician
 Karie Durynski, Wildlife Futures
  • Karie Durynski, IHC Technician
 Cara Brennan 
  • Cara Brennan, Wildlife Accessioning Technician 
 Madeline Vile 
  • Madeline Vile, Prosector 

Conservation K9 Handler Team
Brenna Babiy, CWD Detection Dog Supervisor, Handler, WF
  • Brenna Aizen, Conservation K9 Supervisor, Handler
Gabrielle Battista, CWD Detection Dog Handler
  • Gabrielle Battista, Conservation K9 Handler
Robyn Strong, CWD Detection Dog Handler
  • Robyn Strong, Conservation K9 Handler

Wildlife Futures In the Field

Dr. Erica Miller with cubs, Wildlife Futures Team Dr. Erica Miller, Field Operations Manager and veterinarian, works with the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Black Bear team, led by bear biologists Emily Carrollo and Ethan Kibe.

The den visits have multiple purposes. The sows are collared so that they can track their activity, reproductive success, and general health.

During the den visit, the sow is sedated and her collar is checked and changed as necessary. Depending on the type of collar she has, data may be downloaded to a laptop during the visit. A blood sample is collected from her and a brief health check is done. The cubs also receive brief exams, are weighed, tagged with ear tags for identification, and a blood sample is taken. 

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