The Friends of the Nambé Badlands Board of Directors

Craig Allen, Vice President

Craig D. Allen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is recently retired after 35 years as a research ecologist for the U.S. Department of Interior (U.S. Geological Survey(USGS) & National Park Service(NPS)) and founding leader of the USGS New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, based at Bandelier National Monument in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, where he raised a family and has conducted ecological research since 1981.  Craig conducts place-based, long-term research on the ecology and environmental history of southwestern US landscapes, and the responses of western US mountain ecosystems and forests globally to climate change, with many international collaborations; he also provides technical support in the areas of ecosystem management and restoration to diverse land management agencies, Native American tribes, and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the region.  Recent and ongoing research activities, involving many colleagues and collaborators, include:  integrated understanding of climate-induced tree mortality and forest die-off, including determination of global patterns and trends;  development of ecological and fire histories in the Southwest US;  ecological effects of recent fires on Southwestern landscapes;  linked ecological, runoff, and erosion processes in semi-arid watersheds;  ecological restoration of Southwestern forests and woodlands;  and developing long-term ecological monitoring networks across landscape gradients in the Jemez Mountains.

Craig received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science (forest & landscape ecology, conservation biology) from the University of California-Berkeley.  He is an elected fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and also the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).   For publications see his Google Scholar page listing.

Craig Allen

Jeanne Fair, Board Member

Jeanne Fair, Ph.D. is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a research focus for over 30 years in environmental health and the impacts of stress on wildlife individuals and populations. In particular, she has a long-term project on cavity-nesting birds and is interested in wild bird adaptation to changing environmental conditions and climate.

Dr. Fair’s research interest also has been to support infectious disease surveillance in wildlife, animals, and humans. Dr. Fair is dedicated to cooperative biological engagement for strengthening capabilities for biosurveillance around the world. This includes building research collaborative networks and sharing how to foster strong scientific collaborations and research partnerships. She over 100 scientific publications in the field of ornithology, epidemiology, and science collaboration.

Jeanne Fair conducting field research on birds in New Mexico.

Jeanne Fair

Linda Fluk, Treasurer

Linda is a retired Professional Geologist. She spent her career conducting environmental investigations and clean-ups, geological mapping and studies, and water resource analyses for community planning. She is an environmental advocate and is a member of many organizations including the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Wilderness Society, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and the Sierra Club. Linda is an outdoor enthusiast who spends her free time riding bicycles, hiking, skiing, kayaking and also playing music. Her greatest passion is exploring new routes on bicycles. She is a long-time member of Adventure Cycling, and she rode the Great Divide route from Mexico to Canada, self-supported with her husband.

With a strong belief in community service, Linda volunteers much of her time. As an EMT Basic and Wilderness EMT, Linda served on a local ambulance for decades. She has been a member of the Los Alamos Fire Brigade for about 25 years and provides medical support for local sporting activities and takes part in search and rescue missions.

Linda has been very active volunteering her time to preserve the Nambé Badlands. She has joined local trail-users in cleaning up and maintaining the historical trails while working with the Bureau of Land Management to ensure actions were done per federal laws. She joined with other concerned citizens to develop a stronger working relationship with the BLM in 2012 when it was discovered that rogue mountain bicyclists were constructing unauthorized trails on the ecologically sensitive terrain. Linda continues to work with the BLM and local advocates to protect and safeguard the Nambé Badlands so that users may enjoy the land in a sustainable manner for generations to come.

 

Linda Fluk

Fernando Garzon, Board Member

Fernando is a longtime enthusiast of self-powered outdoor recreation, spending as much of his free time as possible in the great outdoors. As a technical mountaineer, he’s made alpine-style ascents in the US, Canada, and Europe, including Colorado’s highest technical peaks, the Tetons, Pacific Northwest, The Sierras, Canadian Rockies, and Northwest Territories, the Italian and Austrian Alps.  As a whitewater boater, he’s navigated self-supported trips on the Colorado, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Selway, Green rivers and has kayaked all the swift water sections of the Rio Grande. Fernando also enjoys backcountry skiing, crossing the Adirondacks, White Mts, San Juans, and Sangre de Cristos on multiday journeys. His greatest love is for adventure cycling, having crossed the US south to north on the Great Divide Trail, ridden the Route Verte in Quebec, cycled sections of the Gran Ruta de Sierra Moreño in Spain, and the Danube trail in Germany and Austria. He rides mountain bikes extensively on many of the famous and not-so-famous trails in New Mexico,  Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Fernando also raced the UCI and NMORS  MTB series and even won a few races.

Fernando is very passionate about conservation, preservation, and sustainable use of wild areas and supports the Wilderness Society, National, and NM Wildlife Federations, Sierra Club, and Audubon Societies. He volunteers for NM Search and Rescue as a Wilderness EMT and ground tracker and served for many years as a volunteer EMT for Indian Health Services and Santa Fe County.  His professional work includes teaching at the University of New Mexico and the development of sustainable energy technologies and sensors for emissions and environmental monitoring.

Fernando Garzón

Ed MacKerrow, President and Secretary

Ed is an avid mountain biker, professional nature photographer, and scientist (Ph.D. Physics University of New Mexico, MS. Physics University of New Mexico, BS Physics San Jose State University).

Ed has lived near the Nambé Badlands for over 30 years and has mountain biked there since the mid-1980s. Ed is the founding Race Director for the Pajarito Punishment mountain bike race in the Jemez Mountains.  Ed was a competitive mountain bike racer in New Mexico and Colorado from 1986 until 1998.  He started his passion for mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1976.  Ed has been proactive in the mountain bike community since then and has experience in seeing areas once open to mountain biking closed due to overuse, hiker-biker conflicts,  and disrespect of the environment.   He has worked with the International Mountain Bike Association, National Off-Road Bicycle Association (now part of USA Cycling), and the USFS Santa Fe National Forest on mountain bike trail planning and mountain bike advocacy issues.

As a scientist, Ed specializes in optics, remote sensing, computer modeling of complex adaptive social systems. He has applied his research to model human behavior in organizations, root causes of political violence, threatened owl species. Ed is currently funded to research wildlife corridors in Northern New Mexico. Ed has conducted field research of threatened species for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Pueblo of Taos.  Ed served as the Vice President of the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and continues to work as an adviser with the USFWS Wildlife Refuges in New Mexico and Colorado.

Ed MacKerrow

Laura K. Marsh, Ph.D., Board Member

Dr. Marsh has worked, traveled, and lived in 31 countries. She specializes in tropical rainforest ecology studying everything from plants to monkeys to jaguars to people and has worked internationally since the early 1980s. She is the co-founder and director of Global Conservation Institute, a 501(c)(3) that strives to develop creative science solutions to global challenges for the conservation of nature and natural resources.

Dr. Marsh has published in professional journals on many aspects of science, conservation, and environmental education, including two edited books called Primates in Fragments. The second volume was listed as Springer’s top 25% of science downloads (over 6100/year, > 50,000 total) for 2014-2018; a book that reviewers consider “essential.” At present, she is leading the effort for the IUCN on a global guideline for the Conservation and Management of Primates in Fragments with 170 colleagues in 40 countries.

Dr. Marsh’s 2014 monograph revising the taxonomy of the Pithecia genus (Saki monkeys) is the largest revision for any Neotropical primate in more than half a century. She described 16 total Saki monkey species, 5 of them new to science. One of the newly described species, Pithecia isabela, was named for the remarkable and courageous Isabel Godin, for whom Dr. Marsh has written the feature-length film and musical of the story called ACROSS THE AMAZONS (https://acrosstheamazons.com).

Read more about Laura Marsh...


Dr. Marsh is a producer and writer with Western Sandblast Repertory Film Group in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Nichols award-winning screenwriter, author of six feature-length screenplays, a musical book and libretto, and two TV pilots. Additionally, she wrote and produced a 6-minute teaser trailer for a documentary on Avian Flu with Mark Medoff.

She was an organizer for five years for the Screenwriting Conference of Santa Fe and was a screener and reviewer for the Santa Fe Film Festival for three years. She is an active, multi-grant winning member of Women in Film, New Mexico. She completed her first novel SAV•AGE(S) about tribal New Guinea during WWII and won a literary award in May 2020 (Maurice Prize in Fiction: https://lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/news/tropical-biologist-wins-maurice-prize-worldwar-ii-novel-set-new-guinea).

Dr. Marsh brings together motivated people to impact change in the way we approach the issues surrounding the environment through eco-fluency. In the 1980s before there was a curriculum about tropical rainforests in K-12 schools, Dr. Marsh created the Tropical

Rainforest Education Program (TREP), where she developed lesson plans for teachers through workshops hosted by zoos and aquariums across the US, Canada, and Latin America. She worked with textbook authors to better include information about rainforests, especially in high school textbooks.

Dr. Marsh completed a BS at UC Davis, an MS at San Francisco State University, and a second Masters and Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. She did a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico as a southwestern wetlands and wildlife specialist. Then, as a LANL Technical Staff Member with top security clearance, she taught climate change education and created the tribal “Elder Network” on behalf of the US Department of Energy in the Arctic (North Slope of Alaska), Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Nauru, Australia, and the USA.

In January-May 2017, she led the “Houseboat Amazon” expedition to a remote watershed in Brazil to look for a missing a Saki monkey that was collected for museums in the 1930s but had not been seen alive since. The successful expedition team not only confirmed the formerly IUCN Data Deficient Pithecia vanzolinii in the wild but studied it in its entire Amazonas range determining that it is now considered an IUCN Threatened species. The multinational team (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, USA) surveyed five rivers making new discoveries in a region that was poorly known by science. In addition to scientific publications and conference presentations, the development of the documentary about the saki expedition in Brazil called HOUSEBOAT AMAZON: THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING MONKEY is in post-production and is expected to air in late 2020 (https://houseboatamazon.com).

Laura Marsh

(c) Copyright - Friends of the Nambe Badlands / All Rights Reserved
error: Alert: Content is protected !!