RSMP Current Staff


Director: John L. Koprowski

Dr. John Koprowski joined the project as director in 2000 and is also Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Science at the University of Arizona where he teaches courses in General Ecology, Applications of Behavioral Ecology to Conservation Biology, and Small Mammal Conservation and Management.  His research interests are focused on the conservation and behavioral ecology of vertebrates, most recently the ecology of rare tree squirrels and an uncommon social carnivore, the coati. Since joining the Red Squirrel Monitoring Project, John has addressed the dearth of information regarding Mt. Graham red squirrel demographics and space use by instating an intensive radio telemetry component which currently employs two full time research assistants. In addition, John has brought on several graduate students - many of whom are studying Mt. Graham red squirrels and whose research has contributed a great deal to what is known about this isolated subspecies. For more information about John and his current research projects and graduate students, please visit John's personal website.

John L. Koprowski

Wildlife Biologist, Senior: Vicki Greer

Vicki has been with the Red Squirrel Monitoring Project since its inception in 1989. She received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and a B.A. in Ecology from the University of Missouri.
She supervises team biologists and technicians, oversees the population censuses of squirrels on the monitored areas, manages many long-term databases for the project, prepares reports for cooperating agencies as well as manuscripts for peer-reviewed
journals and presentations at professional conferences. Before coming to Arizona to chase squirrels professionally, she studied pileated woodpecker behavior and home ranges in Missouri, limnology in Alaska, and breeding biology of mallards in North Dakota.


Vicki and Emma play in the snow

Wildlife Biologist, Senior: Melissa Merrick

Melissa joined the monitoring project as a wildlife biologist in 2005. She received her Master's degree at Idaho State University with a post-baccalaureate certificate in geotechnoloiges. She is responsible for the project's spatial data sets, processing telemetry data, analyzing squirrel space use, keeping track of the telemetry research assistants, and carrying out field work on Mt. Graham. In her spare time she can be found helping with report writing and preparing manuscripts for publication and presentation at meetings. Her research interests include physiological ecology, population dynamics, and behavioral ecology. She has experience working with small mammals, birds, and beetles, and with habitat suitability, spatial statistics, and groundwater pollution modeling.

Melissa & Cash on top of Mt. Elbert, CO


Miscellaneous staff photos - we're having fun!

Vicki and Melissa relax in Alaska

John trapping on Mt. Graham

Past biologists Sadie Bertelsen & Beau (L), Sarah King (R), and research assistant Matt Griffiths (C)

L-R: John, and biologists Vicki, Carol Coates, and Kelly Hutton trapping in the White Mountains

Research assistant (now graduate student) Geoff Palmer doing telemetry

Past biologist Marit Alanen poses with a large russula

Research assistant Anita Kasch conducting winter telemetry
Research assistant Nicole Tautfest
Research assistant Anita Kasch snowshoeing
Research assistants Anita Kasch & Rosa Jessen spot a squirrel
Dowloading Emerald Peak weather station data
Anita Kasch & Rosa Jessen check snow depth
Research assistant Rosa Jessen conducting winter telemetry
Research assistant Tim Jessen prepares to weigh a squirrel in the White Mountains
Graduate student Seafha Blount prepares to get some work done on snowshoes
Research assistant Anna Scesny listens for beeps!
John weighs a squirrel in cloth handling cone
Research assistant Anna Scesny getting to work in the snow.
Melissa, Rosa, and Anita work on habitat plots and using a clinometer
Anita measures tree height with clinometer while Melissa looks busy
Past grad student Claire Zugmeyer, Sam Drake, and John await their prizes in Baja, California

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