Contact & Team




mail address:
135 Skok Hall
2003 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108

Grace standing amongst rocks and evergreen trees in background

Grace Milanowski, Program Coordinator

Grace has a degree in Environmental Science and has held various conservation-related roles around the world including many avian research projects and roles with nonprofits committed to conservation via organic gardening education or protecting and restoring public recreational spaces. She most enjoys roles that include work with volunteers, facilitating volunteers' roles in contributing to ecological research and that include plenty of time outdoors. 

Ellen outdoors behind skull with large antlers

Ellen Candler, Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota

Ellen is primarily interested in understanding the extent that hunter derived food sources, such as hunter bait piles or hunter provided offal, influence the scavenger community. Her interest in wildlife stems from her childhood exploring the mountains and river of Idaho. She received a BS degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Michigan Technological University.  

Amy in front of a white wall

Amy Rager, Extension Educator, and Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota

Amy received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. She has worked for cooperative extension for 28 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment. She is currently the state program director for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program. 

Joseph outdoors with grassland behind him

Joseph Bump, Professor and the Gordon W. Gullion Endowed Chair in Forest Wildlife Research & Education at the University of Minnesota

Bump studies how wildlife interactions affect ecosystem processes and biodiversity. Research in Bump's lab bridges wildlife research at the scale of biology, community, and population with landscape-scale ecosystem science. Bump’s curiosity in the natural world began with a childhood spent mucking around the Hudson River in upstate New York. Commercial salmon fishing off Kodiak Island, Alaska between undergraduate studies and work at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station confirmed his interest in wildlife ecology and conservation biology.

Kellie in front of gray wall, holding a brown and white puppy

Kellie Suelter, Undergraduate Researcher

Kellie is currently pursuing a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. She is completing a project to determine the hierarchy of avian species to hunter-provided gut piles. She will be applying to veterinary school with the ultimate goal to work as a wildlife veterinarian at a wildlife rehabilitation center.