ACES' 2020 Summer Naturalists

Introducing ACES' 2020 Summer Naturalist Team!

Read below to learn more about the newest additions to the ACES' family. We're thrilled to welcome these outstanding Naturalists to Aspen, where they'll be leading public nature tours at a variety of beautiful wilderness locations in and around Aspen. To learn more about ACES' tour offerings, click here!


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. 


Megan Carp

Megan graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability, and a minor in Watershed Science. She has experience in science communication from developing blog content and newsletters for the citizen science platform While at CSU, Megan was the co-president of Women for Wildlands Club, and researched soil nitrogen. She has extensive field experience having worked in the CSU Natural Resource Ecology Lab and on trail restoration and maintenance projects. 


Travis Croft

Travis is working on degrees in Ecosystem Sciences & Sustainability and Natural Resources Management at Colorado State University. At CSU, he collaborated with campus facilities management to implement energy conservation projects to advance the goal of 100% renewable energy generation. Travis also mentored high school students through a CSU program, where he taught students about sustainability, plant identification and watershed science.


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. 


Katherine Laverman

Katherine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in Integrated Biology. At Berkeley, Katherine used her skills working with GIS and R-script to study bird strikes and weaverbird morphology. Katherine grew up in Aspen and has spent much time working with the tourist industry in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has worked with WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center as a Volunteer in Carbondale, Colorado where she helped special-needs individuals with horseback riding and tasks including equine care. 


Brette Lennon

Brette graduated from Tufts University, where she studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies. At Tufts, she was involved in a number of organizations, including the Tufts Observer, Tufts University Marathon Team, and Students for Reproductive Justice, among others. Brette also led trips for Tufts Mountain Club and Tufts Wilderness Orientation, where she guided students on day hikes and backpacking trips on sections of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 


John McCormack

John graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biology, Environmental Science and a minor in History. At UVA, John participated in field courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station, studying herpetology and field biology of freshwater fishes. John has volunteered in environmental education at his home in Greenwich, CT with the Bruce Museum Seaside Center. He has studied abroad in Belize, focusing on ecology and conservation and in Australia where he studied beetle fauna at Lizard Island Research Station in Queensland. 


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 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 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. 


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 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. 


Hannah Stoll

Hannah graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Organismal Biology & Ecology and a minor in Journalism. Hannah has worked as a Naturalist with the Appalachian Mountain Club Hut System in New Hampshire where she assisted in educating and accommodating hikers and overnight guests from a backcountry hut in the White Mountains. Hannah has also pursued her interest in journalism as an editor for Cipher Magazine, a student journal at Colorado College as well as an interest in organic farming while working for Gildrien Farm in Vermont.