About Us

Meet the Board

Brian Schumm, president

Brian Schumm
President
Brian is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resource Management at Rutgers. He is also pursuing a certificate in Environmental Geomatics. Brian is the Field Crew Leader for the Red Knot Strike Team where he oversees field technicians capturing data on shorebird behavior in the Delaware Bay. Additionally, Brian works on Rutgers extension projects including the Bat Outreach Program where he helps to build and distribute bat houses across New Jersey and guides Bat Walks. Brian enjoys mountain biking, camping, and birding in his free time.

Melissa Gronske, vice president

Melissa Gronske
Vice President
Melissa Gronske is an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science (Pre-Vet option) and double minoring in Biochemistry and Marine Science. She is the Vice President of the Rutgers Wildlife Society Student Chapter where she assists Brian, our honorable president, in any way she can. As a graduating senior, she is completing her GH Cook Honors Thesis looking at the effect of chronic and acute exposure to perfluoroalkylated substances in zebrafish. After graduation, she will be starting veterinary school in the fall where she hopes to earn both a DVM and PhD in Toxicology.

Raffia Ahmed, secretary

Raffia Ahmed
Secretary
Raffia Ahmed is the Rutgers Wildlife Society Student Chapter's Secretary for Spring 2017. Raffia is a SEBS senior majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources with a minor in Statistics. She is currently researching evolutionary diversity in plant viruses in Dr. Duffy's lab and in her spare time enjoys photography, hiking, origami, and eating. If you befriend her, she will send you millions of links to New York Times articles.

Michelle Arias, treasurer

Michelle Arias
Treasurer
Michelle is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Michelle became interested in Ecology after a summer experience working in Dr. Brooke Maslo's lab mist netting bats and has been hooked ever since. Making the most of her undergraduate career, Michelle has also travelled abroad to Indonesia studying primate ecology and conservation with Dr. Erin Vogel. After graduating, she hopes to continue her education and wants to pursue a doctoral degree in Ecology and Evolution.

Casey McArdle, event coordinator

Casey McArdle
Event Coordinator
Casey McArdle is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resource Management at Rutgers New Brunswick. He is the Event Coordinator for the Rutgers Wildlife Society Student Chapter where he organizes and plans events during the semester. He is also an active member of the Naturalist Club and Green Print, the Cook newspaper. He will be researching what the limiting factors are on spring ephemeral recruitment in Eastern deciduous forests at Hutcheson Memorial Forest for the summer of 2017.

Darrell Jones, marketing director

Darrell Jones
Marketing Director
Darrell Jones is an Undergraduate at Rutgers University majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural resources, and is working on completing a certificate in Environmental Geomatics. He is interested in stream ecology, and assists the Sukhdeo Lab with river sampling and fish dissections in order to better understand the role of parasites in aquatic ecosystems. Darrell is the current Marketing Director for the Rutgers Wildlife Society Student Chapter and a member of the Naturalist Club.

Aleshanee Mooney, news editor

Aleshanee Mooney
News Editor
Aleshanee Mooney is a senior majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. She volunteers her time as the News Editor for the Rutgers Wildlife Society Student Chapter where she gathers information about current events within the environmental community. Her main interests include wildlife conservation and forest restoration. She is currently researching possible management techniques for the mountain pine beetle populations that are imposing an epidemic on lodgepole pines through the Midwestern United States and British Columbia.


About Us

image of a birdThe Wildlife Society's mission is "To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation."

As a student chapter of The Wildlife Society, we aim to enhance our members' networking and learning opportunities as well as their professional and career development in the wildlife science, conservation, and management field. Our chapter provides numerous ways for student members to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats, as well as getting outdoors and enjoying nature.

During our meetings, we will have wildlife professionals discuss their fields and career paths. We will also discuss internships, volunteer, and for-credit based field and research opportunities. Occasionally, we will have group trips to enjoy and learn about wildlife.