Kip Adams is a certified wildlife biologist and the National Deer Association’s Chief Conservation Officer. Kip received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. in Wildlife from the University of New Hampshire. Kip writes the Whitetail Wisdom column for Quality Whitetails, has authored chapters in five books, has given over 700 presentations on deer and habitat management, and has provided whitetail content for numerous television shows including Whitetail Properties, Canadian Whitetail, Scentblocker’s Most Wanted, The Bearded Buck and others.
In his role as a program specialist, Mike provides resource management direction and services to the PA Bureau of State Parks. He is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating resources management for the Bureau of State Parks with the goal of managing, protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural resources of the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks. Along with responsibilities associated with his assigned geographical area, he participates in establishing and implementing statewide objectives and goals for resource program topics and prioritizes prescriptive treatments and resource management projects consistent with state park management plans. Currently qualified as PARXB2, Mike is part of a team in the bureau of state parks building a program to more effective use prescribed fire to meet management objectives.
Shari Edelson worked with The Arboretum at Penn State from 2013-2022, first as Director of Horticulture and then as Director of Operations. During this time, Shari was responsible for natural lands management, including planning and execution of prescribed fire operations on the Arboretum’s prairie site. Shari is currently undertaking a thru-hike of the 1800-mile Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand and will be returning to Penn State in fall 2023 to begin a PhD program in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.
Sean Nolan is the Chief of the Quality Assurance and Data Assessment Section in the Air Monitoring Division for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Nolan has over 22 years of environmental experience in the air quality field including 13 years in air dispersion and photochemical modeling and air quality forecasting group. For the past 9 plus years, Mr. Nolan has supervised approximately eight staff members in quality assurance, data analysis and field auditing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and a minor in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.
Luke Resop is a graduate student in the Mississippi State University Deer Lab. He grew up in Orrtanna Pennsylvania and attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation. Luke’s thesis research focuses on how land managers can use fire timing to influence plant communities to meet wildlife and timber-related objectives.
Casey began serving as the H.O. Smith Endowed Director in August 2022. He has a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in entomology from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Casey’s experience in horticulture spans almost three decades. As executive director of the American Public Gardens Association from 2011–2022, he served over 600 public gardens throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and more than 20 other countries. Prior to that appointment, he spent 15 years leading plant health care efforts at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, including soils and compost, IPM, land stewardship, and other sustainability programs. He is currently board vice president of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and was the recipient of the American Public Gardens Association’s Professional Citation in 2011. Since his arrival at Penn State, Casey has also been appointed an affiliate professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Casey enjoys developing partnerships that benefit the growth and development of professionals in the horticulture industry, and help preserve, conserve, and grow gardens and habitats.
Lead Meteorologist at National Weather Service Pittsburgh, Pa since May 2020. He is the Fire Weather Program Leader at NWS Pittsburgh. Certified Incident Meteorologist (IMET) since 2015. Previous Weather Forecast Office worked at were Jackson, KY (10 years), and Glasgow, MT (2 years). He is 20 years retired Pennsylvania Air National Guard as an E-7 Weather Forecaster. He enjoys camping and hunting.