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Jamie Deppen works with Dr. Gary Lovett to coordinate the Catskill Science Collaborative, an initiative that promotes collaboration and communication between scientists, resource managers, and the public to help develop a better understanding of the Catskills Mountain environment and contribute to better management of the natural resources of this landscape.
Prior to working at Cary, Jamie was coordinator for the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) at Vassar College, an ecological monitoring network spanning the Hudson Valley from New York City to Albany informing resource management and conservation. She worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a wildlife technician studying endangered and threatened species including Blanding’s and bog turtles, short-eared owls, timber rattlesnakes, and others. She reviewed development projects for impacts to endangered and threatened species and inventoried barriers to movement of fish and wildlife living in streams in the Delaware River watershed in New York. Jamie worked for Hudsonia as an intern and then as a biologist mapping habitats and educating local land use decision makers about planning for biodiversity conservation in the Hudson Valley. Over 10 years she has assisted with numerous research efforts in the Shawangunk Mountains looking at vegetation, birds, phenology, lakes, and weather. Jamie is on the Town of Wawarsing’s Environmental Conservation Commission which has completed Wawarsing’s Open Space Plan and which was instrumental in getting two Critical Environmental Areas approved by the town.