ACLC Staff


Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer

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 2018 Adirondack Research Consortium’s Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award, 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.

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Liz DeFonce, Administrative Assistant

A passionate birder, Liz holds a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University and worked as an academic librarian for nearly a decade. An Adirondack resident since 2003 Liz is not only an experienced small business owner but is also a member of the celebrated Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies. When not working at the Loon Center or birdwatching she can often be found reading a book with a cat on her lap.


"KT" Shumway, Wildlife Conservation Technician

KT is our Wildlife Conservation Technician, assisting with a variety of our scientific studies, as well as our education and outreach programs, and with exhibit design and development at the Adirondack Loon Center. They are a recent graduate from Paul Smith's College with a bachelors degree in Biology. When they're not at the Loon Center, KT is often writing, drawing, or out exploring the Adirondacks.

Many Thanks to Our Summer, 2019, Interns!


Freddy Short, Philanthropy Intern and Sales Associate

Freddy was our Philanthropy Intern and Sales Associate for the summer of 2019. He is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University perusing a business in the liberal arts and economics double major with a minor in outdoor studies. Growing up spending his summers in the Adirondacks has made Freddy very excited to be able to help the ACLC in any way he can! While not at work, Freddy likes to fish, hike, canoe, and play tennis.


Jared Collins, Colgate Upstate Institute Summer Field School Fellow

Jared is a rising junior at Colgate University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. He’s a member of Colgate’s Debate Society and is very interested in science. In the summer of 2019, he helped the ACLC learn more about the use of loon nest rafts in the Adirondacks, cataloging our loon recovery data, monitoring loons, and with a variety of other projects. Jared enjoys hiking, paddling, and reading in his free time.

Eleanor Nunn, SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center

Ellie is a rising junior at SUNY ESF in the fall of 2019. She has a keen interest in environmental education and greatly enjoys working with children. She interned with the ACLC in late May-early June, 2019, to help develop materials for our “Children’s Nest” exhibit, and update our Loon Scientists Program curriculum. Ellie also assisted with monitoring the loons on the lakes at the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb, NY.

Claire De Loon and her friends make their debut at the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade!

Claire De Loon and her friends make their debut at the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade!