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

Field Operations Staff
Ian Gereg, Wildlife Futures
  • Ian Gereg, Southeast Region
Lauren Maxwell, Wildlife Futures
  • Lauren Maxwell, Northeast Region
Ashley McDowell, Wildlife Futures
  • Ashley McDowell, Northcentral Region
Lane Potts-Wildlife Futures
  • Lane Potts, Northwest Region
Luke Scherer, Wildlife Futures
  • Luke Scherer, Southwest Region
Matt Schaub, Wildlife Futures
  • Matt Shaub, Southcentral Region
Diagnostic Laboratory Testing Staff
John Armstrong, Wildlife Futures
  • John Armstrong, ELISA Technician
Cheryl Cruse, Wildlife Futures
  • Cheryl Cruse, Program Administrator
Karie Durynski, Wildlife Futures
  • Karie Durynski, IHC Technician
Kirk Silas, Wildlife Futures
  • Kirk Silas, Prosector/Courier 
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  • Jan Yacabucci, ELISA Technician
Wildlife Futures Detection K9 Handler Team
Brenna Babiy, CWD Detection Dog Supervisor, Handler, WF
  • Brenna Babiy, CWD Detection Dog Supervisor, K9 Handler
Gabrielle Battista, CWD Detection Dog Handler
  • Gabrielle Battista, CWD Detection Dog Handler
Robyn Strong, CWD Detection Dog Handler
  • Robyn Strong, CWD Detection Dog 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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