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Staff

Barbara Dugelby, Ph.D., is Director of Wild Basin. Dr. Dugelby is an ecologist and educator with over 15 years of U.S. and international experience working with large, multi-stakeholder conservation and science programs, educational program development, and teaching. Dr. Dugelby has held previous positions with The Nature Conservancy, Round River Conservation Studies, and Organization for Tropical Studies. She has deep roots in Central Texas and attended University of Texas as an undergraduate; she was selected by Austin's mayor and city council to serve on the first City Endangered Species Task Force in the 1980s. Barbara received her master's degree and Ph.D. from Duke University. Please welcome Barbara to St. Edward's University and Wild Basin! 

Amy Belaire

Amy Belaire, Ph.D.,  is Natural Resources Manager & Coordinator of Education and Research at Wild Basin.  I'm a landscape ecologist with a focus on urban environments.  I received my Master's in Environmental Management from Duke University and my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I'm a Texas native and have experience working with endangered species issues in Austin and coordinating the Sustainable Sites Initiative at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  Much of my work focuses on conservation and stewardship from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating ecology, social science, and geospatial analysis.  At Wild Basin, I coordinate land management activities and facilitate educational and research experiences for students.

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson  is the administrative coordinator for the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. Environmental education and conservation has long been an interest and passion. I received a BA in Conservation Studies from The College of Santa Fe and worked for an environmental non-profit before coming to St. Edward’s University. I love being a part of the SEU community and furthering the University’s sustainability mission.

Sally Scott

Sally Scott is our Tiny Footprints coordinator and seasoned trail guide. I began volunteering at Wild Basin in 1999 and after receiving my Master Naturalist training I became part of the staff. I developed Wild Basin's Tiny Footprint's program for preschoolers and kindergartners. In addition to assisting with our trail guide program I also help with event coordination and working in our visitor center.  The 13 years have gone by very fast and I'm happy to have a cadre of loyal docents, who enjoy the children as much as I do.

 

Student Interns

Marsha Darlene Barnes

Marsha Darlene Barnes Marsha is from southwestern Pennsylvania. Since the young age of 9 Marsha knew she wanted to be an Ecologist. She graduated from Unity College with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology in 2013. Marsha's undergraduate thesis was on the affects of hydraulic fracturing fluid chemicals on fathead minnows. She also worked with the DEP in developing a watershed management plan and creating a preliminary plan for Trout Brook in South Portland Maine. Marsha's aspirations include an ecological field study in Indonesia with Komodo Dragons, creating more regulations on fossil fuel collection and improving enforcement of the regulations already in place, as well as mine drainage mitigation. Some of Marsha's favorite animals are reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic macroinvertebrates.

Stephanie Perez

Stephanie Perez I am an Austin native and currently a junior at St. Edward's University. As an environmental science and policy major with a passion for sharing my knowledge and love the environment, becoming the environmental PR intern at Wild Basin was a dream come true. My interest in nature began when I was a child and the environment continues to inspire me as I pursue my bachelors degree, which I will receive from St. Edward's University in 2016. I love studying at St. Edward's University and am honored to be part of the team here at Wild Basin.

 

Volunteers

Gary Child

Garry Child  has been a volunteer at Wild Basin since 2008. Prior to retirement, I was a software engineer at IBM and my wife Anne and I were frequent volunteers with the Nature Conservancy for over 13 years.   I especially enjoy being out in nature and working on trail construction and maintenance, and in general enjoy native habitat restoration work.  Now that my wife and I are retired, we are able to spend more time doing the volunteer activities we enjoy, and now own 45 acres in Dripping Springs, where we also work to restore our own property to its more natural condition.  My wife and I are both certified Hays County Master Naturalists and enjoy educating others about the natural world around them.

Carl Fabre

Carl Fabre retired from a career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to train to become both a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Texas Master Naturalist, and to spend as much time outside as possible.  A sixth generation Texan, Carl has camped, hiked, backpacked, climbed, and photographed in the Texas Hill Country for most of his life. His emphasis at Wild Basin is the interpretation of the natural history and resources of Wild Basin, including its local flora, ethnobotany, and geology.  So what is interpretation? There are many complex definitions, but Carl believes that interpretation is the art of explaining the significance of a place to the public who visit it in a way to help them relate to what they are experiencing. Interpretation goes beyond the facts, to reveal what things mean, how they fit together, and why they matter. His hobbies include backpacking, exploring for and excavating dinosaur bones in Montana, volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist, and tending to his Certified Texas Wildscape at his Austin home.
 

Bruce MacKenzie

Bruce MacKenzie has been a volunteer at Wild Basin since 2010. In a former life I was a software engineer for IBM, but I now spend my time doing volunteer work, traveling, pursuing hobbies, and generally enjoying life. I've always enjoyed nature and working with interesting people, and Wild Basin provides both. Whether it is working on the trails, dealing with invasive species, or any of the myriad other tasks, the time spent is always gratifying. There is always something new to learn and do at Wild Basin.