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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.

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.

Robin Dougherty: Ms. Dougherty retired from a career with Greater Newark Conservancy, where she was Executive Director for 21 years. During her tenure at the Conservancy, Ms. Dougherty’s signature program was the Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP), which she founded in 1999. Also under her leadership, the Conservancy formed New Jersey's first Urban Environmental Center for education, and one of New Jersey's largest urban farms, providing hundreds of plots used by Newark residents to grow healthy food for their families. Ms. Doungherty serves on the Trustee Council of The Nature Conservancy-NJ Chapter, and on the founding board of Retuning Citizens Support Group. In 2021, she joined Caresparc Community Connections as a consultant. Ms. Dougherty’s term on the ENSAC began in 2021.

Russell Furnari: Mr. Furnari works as the Manager of Environmental Policy Enterprise for PSEG Services Company. In his professional position, he has responsibility for developing environmental programs and policies to assure compliance and promote environmentalism with employees and within the community. The New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership was established under the guidance of PSEG in 2003 and Russ has been at its helm since 2006. It is a public-private initiative working to restore, preserve, enhance and protect aquatic habitats throughout NJ. Russ also serves on the boards of several environmental non-governmental organizations with wildlife and habitat protection missions. Mr. Furnari’s term began in 2021.

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 with the University of Pennsylvania, where she is the Field Operations Manager for the Wildlife Futures Program, a collaboration between the Veterinary School and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. She previously worked at three different wildlife rehabilitation centers, spending most of her career at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. She left that work in 2013 to do editorial work and other areas of veterinary medicine, working part-time for the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Brandywine Zoo, and the NJ Rabies Lab. In 2019 she served as interim wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission before moving into her current position with Wildlife Futures. She continues to do part-time work for the NJ DFW Endangered and Nongame Species Program and volunteers at Mercer County Wildlife Center and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, providing opportunities for veterinary students to gain experience with native wildlife. Dr. Miller is an adjunct associate professor of Wildlife Medicine at the UPENN School of Veterinary Medicine and serves on the NJ Wildlife Rehabilitators Advisory Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, the Delaware Kestrel Program, the veterinary team for Project SNOWstorm, and as a response veterinarian for Delaware Animal Rescue. 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.

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Last Updated: July 2, 2014