ACES Naturalists

Learn more about our ACES Naturalists for the winter 2020-2021 season. We hope you will join us for a nature tour this season! To learn more about ACES' tour offerings, click here!

Annie Bricker

Annie Bricker

Annie graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology. While at Tufts, Annie led campus tours, was the captain of the Climbing Team and was involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she facilitated youth-mentor relationships. During her Tisch Summer Fellowship in Virginia, Annie worked on a sustainable farm. There she developed a blueberry patch and sold produce at a mobile farmer’s market. She worked as a ski instructor in Aspen for the 2019-2020 winter season. 

Nicole Goodman

Nicole Goodman

Nicole graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Conservation Biology, and studied abroad in Beijing and Kunming, China. At Middlebury, Nicole tutored in the Chinese department and led freshman outdoor orientation trips. She has also spent time in the Sangre de Cristo mountains constructing trails on Kit Carson Peak and surveying American pikas. Additionally, Nicole gained lab and field experience as a Vermont Genetics Network Research Fellow, where she studied the ecology of Lyme disease. 

Jeb Hines

James (Jeb) Hines, Mentor Naturalist

Jeb graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. While earning his degree he spent time in Tanzania studying issues of human/wildlife conflict and participating in field work doing wildlife population counts. He has also spent time in Namibia, participating in wildlife management projects. Back in his home state of South Carolina, he has taken his knowledge of African ecosystems into a local elementary school, educating first graders about wildebeest migration and other topics related to wildlife of the Serengeti. Jeb has also worked as a naturalist for a youth summer camp in Charleston, educating children on natural history of the area. 

Olivia Medsger

Olivia Medsger

Olivia graduated from Mount Allison University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography having spent a semester studying natural resource management at the Haida Gwaii Institute in British Columbia. Olivia was a leader in Mount Allison’s environmental club, where she organized a free community meal using local ingredients as well as other community outreach projects. Olivia also gained extensive experience working with children and organizing outdoor trips while she worked at YMCA camps in Michigan and Japan. 

Michael Michalak

Michael Michalak

Michael graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola, Michael founded YourFoodLoyola, a club to address food waste and insecurity on campus. He has extensive experience planning and leading outdoor trips, as he has worked as a camp counselor and led a 10-day backpacking trip in New Mexico. Since graduating in 2019, Michael has been working as a project manager for d+m Design and as an ambassador for Sofar Sounds, a music events startup. 

Ellie Newman

Ellie Newman

Ellie graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in English and Biology. At UChicago, she studied plant-pathogen coevolution in the Brassicaceae family and worked as a teaching assistant in the biology department. She also conducted field work in Gothic, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where she studied blood parasites in White Crowned Sparrows. Since graduation in 2019, Ellie has worked at the Montana Audubon Center teaching kids about local ecology and conservation. 

Olivia Niosi

Olivia Niosi, Mentor Naturalist

Olivia graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Environmental Science: Conservation Biology and Ecology. During high school, she went to Sapporo, Japan as part of a student exchange program. While in college, her studies continued to bring her to foreign countries, including Italy and Peru. In Illinois, she worked in a lead position restoring wetland and prairie oak-savanna ecosystems at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus and as a teaching assistant and student research assistant. 

Gina Olson

Gina Olson

Gina graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a GIS certificate. At WWU, Gina was a lab assistant for a GIS course and investigated the effects of clear-cut logging on soils and biodiversity on Blanchard Mountain. She also worked as a data analyst and GIS intern to survey local farms to learn about farm demographics and location. Gina spent a summer exploring Yellowstone National Park, where she discovered her passion for outdoor leadership. 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Greg graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees Biology and Environmental Science, and a certificate in Business Fundamentals. He has experience as a wildlife rehabilitator at the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, where he worked with non-releasable animals to educate both children and adults. In college, Greg volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Madison House, where he coordinated construction projects and tutored 2nd and 3rd graders. Greg has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley since November 2019, and has enjoyed exploring the Maroon Bells and Rio Grande trail. 

Kathleen Voight

Kathleen Voight

Kathleen graduated from Yale University with a degree in History of Art. She worked at Seed-to-Salad, an educational program under the Yale Sustainable Food Program, whose goal is to bridge the Yale community with local elementary schools, through lessons at the Yale Farm. Kathleen wrote her senior thesis on land usage and environmental history in southeastern Nevada, where she conducted extensive research in the region. She also worked as a leader for Yale Outdoors organization, planning and leading outdoor trips for the Yale community. Kathleen was an ACES Naturalist in 2019, and worked at Rock Bottom Ranch, ACES' regenerative farm in the summer of 2020. She rejoins us this season as a winter Naturalist.

Grayson Bauer

Grayson Bauer, ACES Site & Programs Coordinator

Grayson attended Kansas State University where he received a BS in History and Agricultural Policy. He worked for Americorps building hiking trails in Colorado where he fell in love with the Mountain West before serving with the Peace Corps in Zambia as an Agricultural and Forestry Extension Agent. Grayson then studied Forestry as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Missouri before moving to Aspen where he has been involved with ACES for 5 years.