Staff of the
Adirondack Center for
Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director
A wildlife veterinarian and biologist, Dr. Nina Schoch has been studying loons in the Adirondacks since 1998. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine from 1991-2002 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research. She received the NYS Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler NY Outdoor Citizen Award in 2011, and was inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2014.
Dr. Valerie Buxton, Research Biologist
Dr. Valerie Buxton is a wildlife researcher interested in avian ecology, behavior, and conservation. Valerie developed an interest in birds during her undergraduate when she interned at a nature center working with birds of prey. She went on to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examining the effects of urbanization on declining grassland birds. She took a brief detour into the world of herpetology for her Ph.D. and returned to birds for her postdoctoral work (both at the University of Illinois). She enjoys the full scientific process—developing questions, collecting and analyzing data, and disseminating the results. With her research she hopes to contribute to species conservation and management while advancing science.