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NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee Members

Below are brief biographies of current members of the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee. Committee members are appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection and serve as an advisory body to that office in matters of New Jersey endangered and nongame wildlife resource. The committee consists of 11 members from four broad public affiliations: four members come from the research and academic community, one is a veterinarian or public health professional, three represent nonprofit organizations with a strong interest in nonconsumptive use of wildlife, and three are appointed from the public-at-large.

James E. Applegate, Ph.D: Dr. Applegate is an emeritus professor at Rutgers University, Cook College, where he served as professor from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. His early work was in avian malaria, but upon joining Rutgers his research turned to human dimensions of wildlife management and later to innovations in education. He coordinated the undergraduate curriculum in Natural Resource Management at Cook College for over 20 years and was involved in teaching seven courses every year. Dr. Applegate's expertise in human dimensions helped ENSP develop the species status assessment process in use today. Dr. Applegate has served the Committee in one of the four academic-research seats since its inception in 1975.

Barbara J. Brummer, Ph.D, Chair: Dr. Bummer is State director of the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to taking that position, Dr. Brummer retired from a highly successful career in the health products industry. With a doctorate degree in biology, Dr. Brummer is an accomplished naturalist with a particular interest in reptiles and amphibians. Dr. Brummer also serves on the Board of the New Jersey Audubon Society and is currently vice chair of the Pocono Environmental Education Center's Board of Trustees. Dr. Brummer has served the Committee in one of the three non-profit organization seats on the Committee since 2005 and became Chair of the Committee in 2009.

Joanna Burger, Ph.D.: Dr. Burger is a highly accomplished Distinguished Professor of Biology at Rutgers University who has completed and published numerous research studies on many nongame and endangered wildlife species, including marine birds, shorebirds, herpetofauna, and butterflies. Much of her voluminous wildlife research work has focused specifically on New Jersey conservation issues and have made invaluable scientific and educational contributions to New Jersey wildlife conservation. Dr. Burger has served on one of the four academic-research seats on the Committee since 1980.

Emile DeVito, Ph.D.: Dr. DeVito is Manager of Science and Stewardship and Director of Conservation Biology with the NJ Conservation Foundation. He has two decades of ecosystem restoration and managing lands for wildlife biodiversity. His background includes research in the NJ Pinelands, studying landscape patterns of the distribution and abundance of bird species at different scales. Dr. DeVito currently serves as a trustee for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Natural Lands Trust, and has served on the NJ Commission on Environmental Education and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Council. Dr. DeVito has served on the Committee in one of the three non-profit organization seats since 2000 and became Vice Chair of the Committee in 2009.

Jane Morton Galetto: Ms. Galetto is the president and co-founder of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and its Tributaries, Inc., a watershed protection organization. She played a pivotal role in securing Wild and Scenic River status for the Maurice River and its tributaries in 1993. Jane played an integral role in the passage of New Jersey's 1987 Wetlands Law while serving on NJ Freshwater Wetlands Advisory Committee. Ms. Galetto has been an instrumental player in the recovery of osprey in NJ. Ms. Galetto is involved in a number of conservation organizations, and is a board member of NJ Audubon Society and the Bayshore Discovery Project. She also serves as an advisory board for The Nature Conservancy's Bayshore Office. Ms. Galetto has served the Committee in one of the three non-profit organization seats since 1988 and was its Chair from 1991 to 2008.

Howard Geduldig: Mr. Geduldig is an accomplished retired attorney who has been involved with environmental issues through his entire 25 year career. As a Deputy Attorney General with the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety and a supervising attorney with the Department of Environmental Protection, Mr. Geduldig's primary focus has included issues affecting game & nongame wildlife, climate change, air pollution, coastal and land use issues. His work has involved defending horseshoe crab regulations designed to conserve red knot (a threatened species) populations; litigation with PPL (Martins Creek/Mount Bethel Electric Generating Station); Conectiv (B.L. England and Deepwater Generating Stations), the US DOE (enforce appliance energy efficiency requirements); as well as lead council for the nongame and game regulations. With a Juris Doctorate degree and a M.S. in wildlife biology, Mr. Geduldig offers an invaluable view of the legal aspects of natural resource management issues. Mr. Geduldig has served the Committee in one of the 3 public-at-large seats since 2009.

Richard Lathrop, Ph.D.: Dr. Lathrop is a Professor in the Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and Director of the Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis. Dr. Lathrop has degrees in biology, forestry and environmental monitoring, and a large part of his current work is in spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has served as a reviewer of the ENSP's Landscape Project methodology. Dr. Lathrop serves numerous boards, including the Pinelands Commission Science Advisory Board and the Barnegat Bay Estuary Program's Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Lathrop has served the Committee in one of the four academic-research seats since 1998.

Erica Miller, D.V.M.: Dr. Miller is an accomplished wildlife veterinarian employed by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. Tri-State is a non-profit organization involved in rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild birds and which serves as a leader in oil spill response throughout the world. Dr. Miller also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of Wildlife Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Wildlife Medicine in Philadelphia and conducts numerous lectures throughout the country each year. She has held several seats on the board of directors for the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and holds numerous licenses and certifications ranging from Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response to Agricultural Bioterrorism Training and National Information Management System Certification and beyond. Dr. Miller has served the Committee in the Public Health / Veterinary Medicine seat since 2007.

David Mizrahi, Ph.D.: Dr. Mizrahi is Vice-President of Research for NJ Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. His expertise includes bird migration and his work has included using radar to identify important migratory stopover areas in the state, shorebird migration along Delaware Bay, and grassland bird management. More recently, he has studied the potential effects of wind power on wildlife. Dr. Mizrahi serves on regional and flyway bird planning initiatives. Dr. Mizrahi has served the Committee in of the three non-profit organization seats since 2000.

Howard K. Reinert, Ph.D.: Dr. Reinert is a Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey. He has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and symposium contributions related to the ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. His work includes field and laboratory studies of behavioral and physiological ecology, studies of population/conservation genetics, and applied aspects of conservation biology. He is currently the chairman of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey Amphibian and Reptile Technical Committee and serves as a member of two US Fish and Wildlife Service working groups: the Timber Rattlesnake Conservation Action Plan group (TRCAP) and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Team.

James A. Shissias: Mr. Shissias spent the last two decades as the General Manager of Environmental Affairs for PSEG Services Company. In that capacity, he had overall responsibility for developing environmental programs and policies to assure compliance and promote environmentalism with employees and within the community. He served as the principal liaison with regulatory agencies and external constituencies. Mr. Shissias has been appointed to a number of service positions, including the NJ Environmental Education Commission and the NJ Waterfowl Advisory Committee. He currently serves as President of Common Wealth of New Jersey, Inc., is a board member of the New Jersey Audubon Society, The Instituted of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, Crossroads of the American Revolution Association and is an emeritus member of the Environmental Associates Academy of Natural Sciences. Mr. Shissias has served the Committee in one of the three public-at-large seats since 1995.

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