- Scott McVey
- Dave Wedin
- Catherine Chan
- Jess Corman
- Troy Gilmore
- Tonya Haigh
- Andrew Little
- Tim McCoy
- Mark Pegg
- Liz VanWormer
- Sara Winn
Scott McVey Co-Chair
Dr. Scott McVey is the director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the associate dean of the Nebraska/Iowa Program for Veterinary Medicine. He has held previous positions in government, the biopharmaceutical industry, academia, and private practice, and has leadership experience in basic research, commercial vaccine research and development, corporate leadership, diagnostic medicine, and graduate and veterinary professional education.
Dave Wedin Co-Chair
Dr. David Wedin is a professor in plant and ecosystem ecology at the UNL School of Natural Resources. His research interests include grassland and savanna ecology; carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; landscape ecology and fire ecology. They also include nitrogen-use-efficiency and resource allocation in plants and stable isotope studies of plant-soil feedbacks. He is currently working on projects exploring the biocomplexity of the Nebraska Sandhills and the ecosystem consequences of the ponderosa pine establishment at the planted Nebraska National Forest.
Catherine Chan is a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources. Her research includes using remote sensing data to look at general plant diversity in tree cover on different plots of land in Indian Cave State Park near Shubert, Nebraska.
Dr. Jess Corman is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources. In her research, she studies nature through the lens of chemistry, combining techniques from biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology to understand processes that influence elemental flows into and through ecosystems particularly vulnerable to nutrient pollution: lakes and streams.
Dr. Troy Gilmore is an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. His research interests include groundwater-surface water interaction; image-based hydrology; groundwater transit time distribution and mean from streambed measurements; aquifer nitrate legacy and dynamics; and instrument development.
Dr. Tonya Haigh is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the social science coordinator and project coordinator for the National Drought Mitigation Center. Her research is focused on the adaptive capacity of agricultural producers and others to cope with drought. She has worked with ranchers, advisors, and researchers to develop tools for managing drought risk for ranchers, as well as climate decision support tools for Corn Belt producers and specialty crop growers.
Dr. Andrew (Andy) Little is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources. His primary research focus is improving the ability of wildlife conservationists and managers to understand wildlife-habitat relationships in an increasingly human-dominated landscape. He studies the ecology and management of ungulates, mesopredators, and gamebirds; wildlife-habitat relationships; landscape ecology; and predator-prey ecology.
Dr. Tim McCoy is the director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Prior to becoming the agency’s director in 2021, McCoy served as its deputy director, wildlife division administrator and agriculture program manager in Lincoln. He joined the agency in 2002 as a district manager in the wildlife division in Kearney.
Dr. Mark Pegg is a professor in the School of Natural Resources. Pegg’s research interests include aquatic community responses in time and space to environmental conditions such as hydrology, habitat availability, and water quality; aspects of fish-population dynamics like survival, age, and growth and angler exploitation; how aquatic nuisance species influence ecosystems; and most recently, assessing river-restoration techniques.
Dr. Liz VanWormer is an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and director of UNL’s One Health initiative. Her research, teaching, and outreach address diverse health issues at the interface of humans, animals (both domestic and wild), and the environment. As an epidemiologist, she integrates animal and human disease surveillance, molecular epidemiology, and spatial disease modeling methods to investigate zoonotic disease transmission.
Sara Winn is the student success coordinator for the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a professional academic advisor, she assists students with academic planning, understanding degree requirements, and setting educational and career goals. She also provides information on class scheduling, rules and regulations, graduation requirements, transfer issues, study abroad opportunities, internship searches, and life after graduation