Meet the Staff

Allen Calvert, Network Program Manager, holds a hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) in his gloved hand

Allen Calvert, Network Program Manager

Primary Network Responsibilities: Oversees all network projects and programs
Active Projects: Pilot Bat Monitoring Plan
Education and Areas of Expertise: MS, Environmental Policy and Management (emphasis in natural resource management), University of Denver; BS, Biological Sciences (emphasis in ecology and evolution), University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

I began working as the Program Manager for the Mojave Desert Network in 2016. I have the opportunity to be involved with all facets of the network, overseeing our great team and interesting projects. Over the past year I have been actively coordinating with the network parks to develop a pilot bat monitoring plan. Prior to moving to the National Park Service, I was a biologist with the Bureau of Reclamation, overseeing conservation efforts for bats, small mammals, and amphibians along the lower Colorado River. While I was born in Wisconsin, I have spent the majority of my life living in southern Nevada. I spend most of my time with my wife and four children. I also enjoy watching and occasionally playing hockey, snowboarding, biking and hiking.

Mark Lehman, Data Manager, wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses with red sandstone formation behind him

Mark Lehman, Data Manager

Primary Network Responsibilities: Data stewardship; database development; data documentation, dissemination, and visualization
Active Projects: SQL database development, GIS and mobile data collection tool development
Education and Areas of Expertise: MS, Environmental Science, Indiana University; MS, Information Science, University of Pittsburgh; Certificate in GIS, University of California, Riverside.

After working in IT for many years, I became interested in getting outside occassionally and was inspired to complete an M.S. in Environmental Science at Indiana University. I landed at the Mojave Desert Network in 2014 after nearly nine years of GIS and Data Management work for the National Capital Region I&M Network. When I am not focused on solving Data Management problems, I enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, photography and watching old movies.

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Devin Stucki, Interim Vegetation Ecologist

Primary Network Responsibilities: Design and implement vegetation monitoring protocols and carry out existing protocols. Project lead on camas lily, aspen, pinyon pine, and high-elevation white pine monitoring for the Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN). Temporary detail starting in March, serving as interim Vegetation Ecologist for MOJN until permanent Network position is filled; assisting with all vegetation monitoring protocols.
Active Projects: Developing pinyon pine monitoring plan for City of Rocks National Reserve, ID; collaborating with MOJN on aspen and white pine monitoring; analyzing long-term trend for camas lily and limber pine populations in UCBN.
Education and Areas of Expertise: MS, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University; BS, Botany, Oregon State University

I started work with the UCBN in 2008 as a seasonal biological technician and was hired as an ecologist in 2017. I've been involved from the beginning on many of the Network's vegetation and vertebrate inventory and monitoring projects. Before being employed by the UCBN, I worked for the BLM and USFS, which included fire effects monitoring, wildland firefighting, and plant surveys. I like ski touring, fly fishing, identifying fungi and non-vascular plants, and spending time with my wife and two children.
Sarah Wright, Assistant Data Manager, sitting in a red sandstone alcove.

Sarah Wright, Data Scientist

Primary Network Responsibilities: Data exploration, analysis, and visualization through development of R packages, R Shiny apps, and R Markdown automated reports
Active Projects: Developing R packages for accessing and analyzing long-term monitoring data, leading a data science community of practice
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I first joined the Mojave Desert Network as an intern in 2014, then served as Assistant Data Manager from 2016-2020. As Data Scientist, my time is split between Mojave Desert Network and the rest of the Inventory and Monitoring networks in the Pacific West Region. My focus is on reproducible data analysis, visualization, and reporting in R.

Although I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, I have fallen in love with the Mojave Desert. When I’m not at work, I’m hiking, rock climbing, learning to mountain bike (emphasis on learning), or brewing a batch of homebrew hard cider.

Jennifer Bailard, Physical Scientist, in National Park Service uniform and with large lake in the background.

Jennifer Bailard, Physical Scientist

Primary Network Responsibilities: Develop, coordinate, and implement data collection, QA/QC, analysis, and reporting for water resources in the Mojave Desert Network; Project Lead for the hydrology protocols
Active Projects: Selected Large Springs, Desert Springs, Streams and Lakes
Education and Areas of Expertise: BA, Science of Earth Systems (Biogeochemistry), Cornell University.

I joined the Mojave Desert Network in 2013 as an intern with the Student Conservation Association. I have also worked as an interpretive park ranger at Death Valley National Park, where I developed an interest in sharing environmental science with the public. My hobbies include amateur botany, astronomy, and birding. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I have fallen in love with the wide open spaces, spectacular wildflower blooms, and colorful geology of the Mojave Desert. One day, I would like to visit all of the major deserts in the world!

Joseph Ladd, Biological Science Technician, wearing backpack and with desert landscape in background

Joseph Ladd, Biological Science Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Field Logistics, data collection, analysis, and reporting for biological resources in the Mojave Desert Network; protocol development and field implementation
Active Projects: Integrated Uplands, Spring Vegetation, White Pine, Aspen, Bats, Invasive Species Early Detection Monitoring Plan
Education and Areas of Expertise: BA/BS, Ecological Science and Chemistry, The Evergreen State College.

My decade-long career with the National Park Service has allowed me to work for two different Inventory and Monitoring Networks and at five National Parks across the country. In my early career as a Student Conservation Association Intern and Washington Conservation Corps Crew Member, I performed a variety of tasks including exotic plant control at Saguaro NP, trail construction and maintenance at Mount Rainier NP, vegetation monitoring for a long-term glacial retreat study at Denali NP, and backcountry road resource management at Lake Mead NRA. I have served as a Vegetation Monitoring Crew Lead at the North Coast and Cascades Network in the Pacific Northwest and at the Northern Great Plains Network in the interior Dakotas. Most recently I took a break from NPS to work on a remote sensing project with NASA at Langley Research Center in Virginia and as a Natural Resource Specialist in the Front Range of Jefferson County, CO. I am excited to bring my experiences from different parks, networks, and agencies to MOJN and return to living in the landscape in which I was born and raised. I love hiking in remote desert wildernesses, kayaking the Black Canyon when it is too hot to hike, and finding new and interesting locations to explore around the southwest.

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Logan Combs, Physical Science Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Hydrology protocol development and implementation, processing of continuous water quality and gaging data from streams and lakes, generation of stage-discharge rating curves for streams, field logistics, reporting of hydrological and aquatic ecological data
Active Projects: Selected Large Springs, Desert Springs, Streams and Lakes
Education and Areas of Expertise: MS, Geology, University of Nevada Las Vegas; BS, Geology, University of Tennessee Knoxville.

I originally joined MOJN as a Conservation Legacy intern in 2017, then returned as the new lead physical science technician in 2019. My MS research focused on the geology of the interior of Mars studied through the analysis of martian meteorites. During my time studying in Las Vegas however, the Mojave Desert became my home, and I am proud to be a member of this fine team working to further understand and preserve this region. Prior to working with MOJN, I spent some time doing fisheries and elk reintroduction work at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My free time is often spent getting outside through backpacking, trail running and rock climbing.

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Marisa Monroe, Physical Science Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Assisting with all water resource protocols
Active Projects: Selected Large Springs, Desert Springs, Streams and Lakes
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Oregon State University; BA, International Relations & Chinese, Colgate University.

I began my career with the federal government as an interpretive park ranger at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in 2016. Since then, I have worked at Zion National Park as an interpretive park ranger, at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park developing community science and service learning projects, and with the Sierra Nevada Inventory & Monitoring Network helping to monitor water chemistry at high-elevation lakes. Most recently, I landed back home in Oregon at Mount Hood National Forest where I monitored out-migrating populations of Coho salmon and steelhead trout, worked alongside helicopters and contractors during river restoration projects, and mapped forest streams for multi-agency hydrology datasets. I spend my free time trail running, birding, rock climbing, and foraging for wild foods.

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Kimber Godfrey, Biological Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Project Lead for Bat Monitoring protocol; development and implementation of wildlife protocols; assist with all other protocols.
Active Projects: Acoustic Bat Monitoring, white-nose surveillance, assisting with vegetation and hydrology protocols
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Biology (emphasis in Ecology & Biodiversity), Humboldt State University.

My father likes to tell people that I had no choice but to follow a career in biology and conservation. Whether it was catching garter snakes and scaring wedding guests at age six, or beginning my backpacking career at age eight, my love for nature has been constant and ever-growing. I have known since high school that I was going to get paid to monitor and protect my greatest passion. After obtaining my BS in Ecology at Humboldt State, I began exploring options for making my dream a reality. I landed my first technician job working for the Klamath Inventory & Monitoring Network monitoring bats and giving interpretation programs to spread awareness about white-nose syndrome. From there I moved to Pinnacles National Park to monitor raptors and condors. I met Allen at the Joshua Tree Bat Blitz while working at Pinnacles where I convinced him to hire me as a Research Associate for Great Basin Institute. My first year at MOJN I spent working on the Bat, Desert Springs, Spring Vegetation, White Pine, and Aspen monitoring protocols as a technician. This year I was hired on as a permanent federal employee to implement the Bat Monitoring protocol. I feel incredibly fortunate to work with such an amazing group of dedicated scientists!

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Clarice Wheeler, Physical Science Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Assisting with water resource protocols implementation
Active Projects: Selected Large Springs, Desert Springs, Streams and Lakes
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

As a Las Vegas native, my love for the desert and caring for the land has brought me to MOJN. Before starting in October 2020, I worked for various agencies and nonprofits around the Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran deserts. I have worked on soil and vegetation surveys in southern and central Nevada, assisted with watershed restoration projects in southern Arizona, and managed environmental education and interpretation programs at Clark County Wetlands Park. In my spare time I love camping, hiking, cooking, baking, and I am looking forward to a future where going to see live music is safe once again.

Man in green shirt standing on rocky summit with mountains in the distance

Kyle Smith, Biological Science Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Assisting in vegetation protocols implementation
Active Projects: Integrated Uplands, Spring Vegetation, Invasive Species Early Detection Monitoring Plan
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Environmental Science, Oregon State University.

Prior to joining the Mojave Desert Network at the start of 2020, I worked seasonal biology jobs across the western US, usually through non-profit organizations. I worked with fish and salamanders in the Pacific Northwest as well as in the Redwood Coast of California; collected vegetation data in northeast Nevada; worked as part of a conservation crew in southern Nevada; assisted with vegetation protocol implementation in Colorado; and assisted with collecting biological data related to endangered desert animal species in southern California. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, with its persistent drizzle, I have gained an affinity for the desert southwest of the US, with its year round sunshine and wide open spaces. I spend my free time outdoors climbing, hiking, road tripping, and generally enjoying all the wonderful public lands nearby.

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Flor Calderon, Biological Technician

Primary Network Responsibilities: Technician for bat monitoring protocol.
Active Projects: Acoustic bat monitoring, white-nose surveillance, assisting with vegetation and hydrology monitoring.
Education and Areas of Expertise: BS, Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis.

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, I didn’t have much opportunity to explore the outdoors in my youth. My passion for wildlife was actually sparked by watching nature shows and the news on basic cable as a kid. As an adult I was fortunate to seek out my passions and am proud to say I am the first in my family to graduate from college. When I discovered that studying bats was an actual profession, I realized my growing infatuation with bats was a career calling. After obtaining my B.S. I worked as a bat technician for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department which led to several positions within the Department monitoring grassland bird species, small mammals, and the black-footed ferret. Prior to joining the Mojave Desert network team, I worked as a technician researching the Hawaiian hoary bat for the USGS on the big island of Hawai’i. I also worked a seasonal position in the Mojave Desert conducting vegetation surveys during the 2019 super bloom. Working in stunningly beautiful places like the desert southwest feels as though I’m living inside the nature documentaries I watched as a kid. I am thrilled to be a part of the Mojave Desert I&M Network bat monitoring program. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation centers, amateur geology, lounging in large bodies of water, and attending metal concerts (when that still was a thing).

Woman in black jacket standing by desert scrub shrub

Lee Pipkin, Bat and Vegetation Intern

Primary Network Responsibilities: Assisting with bat monitoring and vegetation protocols implementation
Active Projects: Bats, Integrated Uplands, Invasive Species Early Detection, and Spring Vegetation
Education and Areas of Expertise: AS, Desert Ecology, College of the Desert and BS, Natural Resources (emphasis in Botany and Plant Ecology), Oregon State University.

Although I grew up in a foggy, mountainous farming community in Northern Taiwan, I've called the Mojave desert home for the past 7 years. I've always been interested in botany and plants, and I especially love the desert flora of the greater southwest. For years I worked in the horticultural field, unaware that fieldwork was a real possibility - I finally found my true stride thanks to the College of the Desert's desert ecology degree in the Coachella Valley. Since then, I've been incredibly lucky to travel and work as biological field technician on a bird and bat mortality survey for the USGS in Palm Springs, a salmon wildlife technician for Alaska Fish and Game, a botany field technician for the University of Idaho's Stillinger Herbarium in the Selkirks, and a riparian botanist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program in NW Wyoming. I am excited to be joining the Mojave Desert Network for a spring in the desert assisting with vegetation monitoring - it's a dream job! Outside of plants and wildlife work, I'm a second generation ceramicist and love working with wild clays, pigments, and learning about geology. In my free time I love hiking, running, soaking in hot springs, and casually botanizing.

Last updated: February 17, 2021