Kent McFarland, Director
A co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and director or the Vermont Atlas of Life, Kent McFarland is a conservation biologist, photographer, writer and naturalist. Kent has been on the State Advisory Group for Invertebrates for the Vermont Endangered Species Committee since 2002. In 2016, Kent was presented with the Sally Laughlin Award for the Conservation of Endangered and Threatened Species by the State of Vermont Endangered Species Committee. He is also a GBIF Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador, a corps of professionals advocating best practices in open sharing and transparent use of biodiversity data.
Nathaniel Sharp, Field Biologist and Data Technician
Nathaniel is a long-time birder, naturalist, and citizen scientist who, after serving with VCE through ECO AmeriCorps as a Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist, joined VCE as a data technician in order to organize and manage big-data projects such as the Vermont Atlas of Life, VCE's long-term bird-banding and monitoring operations, and other citizen-science databases. He holds a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, and is most likely to be found birding throughout Vermont or identifying observations on iNaturalist.
Julia Pupko, Community Science Outreach Naturalist
Julia fell in love with the natural world at a very young age and has developed a wide range of skills in the environmental field, spanning research, consulting, and monitoring forest health. Julia found her passion for community-based conservation initiatives while completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Vermont, and is excited to apply her knowledge and learn more during her ECO AmeriCorps service at VCE. Julia spends her time painting, birding, and researching new aspects of the natural world that she is unfamiliar with.