Alex has led backpacking and sea kayaking trips in western Washington's Olympic National Park, and studied estuaries in Cape Cod, plant-animal interactions in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, AZ, habitat fragmentation on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama, and forest conservation in upstate New York.
Alex is passionate about conservation, ecosystem interactions and animals. When not collecting data, she can be found hiking, biking, or rock climbing wherever the adventure has led.
This summer, that means exploring the vast country of eastern Montana.
Teri Ness is from tiny Clover, South Carolina, where most of her memories are set in the outdoors. She moved west for college, earning a degree in Agricultural Business from Montana State University in Bozeman, and went next to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for a Master’s in Ecological Economics.
Although she’s lived in several cities, Teri has always found a way to spend time outdoors - hiking to temples in South Korea, white water rafting in Iceland, backpacking in Scotland, and rock climbing in Montana.
With Landmark, she’s excited to get hands-on data collection experience out in the vast grasslands of northeastern Montana.
Leah Mabee grew up in the heart of the Great Plains, in Yankton, South Dakota. She received a degree in Biology Health Professions from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and has since worked as a special education paraprofessional, and with a private public health research and evaluation group.
Her love for the outdoors was fostered through family vacations to the Black Hills of South Dakota, as well as canoeing and portaging in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and exploring Belize during college. She enjoys hiking, birding, photography, and hunting for fossils and antler sheds.
Leah is interested in wildlife conservation, and is looking forward to the adventure of experiencing the prairie in a new way.
Shannon Rebinski was born and raised in the Cumberland Valley region of the Appalachian Mountains in south-central Pennsylvania. A recent graduate from Mansfield University, she has a B.S. in Geography focused on Watershed Management and a minor in Geology.
While in college, Shannon was an active officer in various outdoor clubs, spending her free time caving, rock hounding, skiing, hiking and exploring around the mid-Atlantic states.
A recent visit to Glacier National Park had her itching for more western adventure, and she called the Landmark project "the perfect way to start off an indefinite escapade."
Rachel Herring grew up in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, hiking and exploring the surrounding forests, cultivating a love for nature, wildlife and adventure. She recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology and a desire to see the world.
After graduation she took a two-month road trip from Nashville, Tennessee to Myrtle Point, Oregon, camping in national forests, national parks and on other public lands. She also volunteered on organic farms, where she learned sustainable living practices and enjoyed working outside all day.
Rachel is looking forward to gaining fieldwork experience on the prairie and being a part of such a monumental and exciting project.
Born and raised in Marin County, California, Ela Engert first became interested in the outdoors while rambling around Point Reyes Nattional Seashore and Mount Tam. She has attended the University of Washington in Seattle and Cabrillo Community College, and also completed a NOLS semester mountaineering, hiking and sea kayaking in New Zealand.
After Landmark, she plans to continue a bike tour she began last summer, biking the Oregon coast - this july she'll continue from Eureka to Santa Cruz on a touring bike she built. Next you'll find her oysters at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market. In the fall, she plans to start as a junior at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in Biology with a focus on Ecology and Evolution.