Bob Placier

Bob Scott Placier is a southern Ohio native, born in Chillicothe. Both his B.A. (Anthropology and Sociology) and M.S. (Environmental Studies) degrees are from Ohio University. He is retired from the School of Natural Resources at Hocking College, where he taught Ornithology, Dendrology, and Woodland Ecology. Bob also was an adjunct instructor for the University of Rio Grande for some years, teaching Ornithology and Herpetology. A federally permitted bird bander, Bob presently serves as president of the Ohio Bird Banding Association, and as a board member of the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Joe Letsche

Joe studied psychology at Ohio University for a few years before wandering off on a many year journey into all places wild. At times self employed but a naturalist by vocation, he has previously served as a Naturalist and wildlife tracking instructor for such venues as Ohio State Parks, Hocking College, Coyote Trails School of Nature, and others, and a biological field technician for both private and public survey and mitigation projects in herpetology (reptiles and amphibians). He is currently the Director of the Ross County Park District.

Suzie Prange
Executive Director and
Lead Researcher

Suzie received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of South Alabama and her Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri.  She also completed post-doctoral training at Ohio State University and was employed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife where she served as the state’s furbearer biologist for over 10 years. The majority of her recent research has been dedicated to threatened and endangered forest wildlife species, and she worked extensively with the previously state-endangered bobcat. In addition to bobcats, She has worked with a number of carnivore species, authoring over two dozen peer-reviewed papers.  She has served on several executive boards and committees within The Wildlife Society and the American Society of Mammalogists.  Currently, she is dedicated to independent wildlife conservation research in Ohio’s Appalachian region.  

Check out Dr. Prange's publications HERE

and her curriculum vitae HERE

Kori Gasaway

Kori Gasaway received her B.S. in Evolution and Ecology from Ohio State University and worked as a naturalist for Preservation Parks of Delaware County before becoming the Outreach Program Specialist at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. Kori also volunteers at the Ohio Wildlife Center where she cares for and educates people about birds of prey.

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