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 Scientist
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.
Faith Barney, Operations Manager
Faith has an AAS in Business Administration from North Country Community College, and is graduating Magna Cum Laude in Business, Management, and Economics from SUNY Empire. She greatly enjoys playing softball in a local women's league, boating on our many local lakes, gardening, and working on her personal farm.
"KT" Shumway, Adirondack Loon Center Sales Associate
KT is our Sales Associate at the Loon Center this summer. She is a student at Paul Smith's College who will be graduating this December with a bachelors degree in Biology. KT’s excited to be living in Saranac Lake this summer, working at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. When she’s not at the Loon Center, KT is often hiking, drawing, or out exploring the Adirondacks.
Madison Perez, Colgate Univ. Upstate Field School Intern
Madison Perez is our Summer, 2018 intern through Colgate University’s Upstate Institute Field School. She is currently a senior at Colgate, majoring in Environmental Biology and minoring in Japanese. Having grown up in northeast Pennsylvania, she is no stranger to the great outdoors. On her days off, you can find Madison hiking, kayaking, reading, and just generally enjoying the sights that the Adirondacks has to offer.