Staff

Dave Almquist   Chad Anderson   Jenna Annis   Kerri Brinegar  Dorothy Gochnauer   Kim Gulledge   Robert Gundy   Brenda Herring   Dan Hipes   Dale Jackson   Amy Jenkins   Ann Johnson  Carolyn Kindell   Amy Knight   Martin Ma   Katy NeSmith   Jon Oetting   Nathan Pasco  Frank Price   Paul Russo   Dexter Sowell   Nicole Zampieri   Rebecca Zeroth
Dave Almquist
Invertebrate Zoologist
Dave is responsible for compiling, entering and updating information about the invertebrates tracked by FNAI, evaluating additional species for inclusion in the database and surveying for the presence of rare invertebrates. He began working at FNAI in 2005. Dave has a Bachelor's degree in entomology from University of Florida and is a Research Associate with the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. While at UF he discovered two new species of beetles, invented a non-invasive method to survey for insects associated with gopher tortoise burrows and produced stunning insect photographs using advanced computerized technology.
Dave Almquist
Chad Anderson
Research Scientist
Since 2018, Chad has been the invasive species coordinator for FNAI’s statewide monitoring and mapping efforts. In addition to coordinating that effort, Chad supports FNAI's other programs with multivariate analysis and predictive modelling. Before his position with FNAI, Chad has worked for various federal, state, and non-governmental organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the Nature Conservancy, among others. Due to his background in resource management, Chad’s main interests include applied research and spatial analyses aimed at improving management practices and conservation outcomes.
Chad Anderson
Jenna Annis
Field Biologist
Jenna joined FNAI in October, 2015. She is involved with a variety of projects, including natural community mapping, vegetation monitoring, rare plant surveys, and rare animal surveys. Jenna has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences with emphasis on Botany from Eastern Illinois University. While at EIU, Jenna conducted undergraduate and graduate ecological research with two Florida State-listed carnivorous plants, Pinguicula ionantha and Pinguicula planifolia.
Jenna Annis
Kerri Brinegar
Data Analyst
Kerri joined FNAI in December 2017. With her interest in both computers and biology she assists in a variety of projects including, data services, website maintenance & web mapping, python scripting, tool development, GIS mapping and GIS analyses. She also assists various staff on GIS related questions and problems. Kerri has a B.S in Biological Sciences and an M.S in Geographical Information Sciences from Florida State University.
Kerri Brinegar
Dorothy Gochnauer
Office Manager
Dorothy has been with FNAI since 2005. She is responsible for managing all financial information, human resources, and office functions for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, including: financial controls and reporting; accounting and bookkeeping; recruiting, hiring, orienting, evaluating, and training; office operations; compliance with FSU policies and procedures.
Dorothy Gochnauer
Kim Gulledge
Community Ecologist
Kim joined FNAI in January, 2005, and has been involved with natural community mapping and vegetation monitoring projects as well as rare plant surveys and the coastal uplands project for DEP. Her background is in plant systematics and field botany, with an emphasis on the flora of North Central Florida. Kim has a master's degree in Botany from the University of Florida.
Kim Gulledge
Robert Gundy
Field Biologist
Gundy, who prefers to go by his last name, has been with FNAI since 2016. Currently, he works on herpetological surveys including drift fence arrays and Gopher Tortoise surveys. He has worked across the country as a field technician with reptiles and birds. His interests in biology include herpetology, ornithology and botany but his curiosity for wildlife knows no taxonomic limits. A Florida native, he graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biology.
Robert Gundy
Brenda Herring
Field Ecologist
Brenda has worked in close association with FNAI since 1994 conducting natural community and rare plant surveys on public lands. With a background in botany and ecology, she has worked on large scale ecological monitoring projects, historical rare plant surveys, Florida Forever Field Assessments, and floristic inventories. Brenda developed protocols for surveying and documenting invasive plants and has applied that technology to projects on Federal and State lands. Brenda has a Master's degree in Botany from the University of Florida.
Brenda Herring
Dan Hipes
Director
Dan is responsible for providing primary fiscal, administrative, and scientific oversight of FNAI. He develops projects for, and coordinates the varied activities of the program related to land management and conservation in Florida and the region. He has broad expertise in rare species inventory as well as ecological evaluation of natural areas throughout Florida, combining field data collection and GIS technical skills to guide conservation and management of our natural heritage. Dan started work with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory in 1993 as a field biologist. He was promoted to Senior Zoologist in 1995, the Chief Scientist in 2001, and Director in 2016. Dan has a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University where he studied waterfowl behavioral ecology and habitat analysis.
Dan Hipes
Dale Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Research Zoologist
As FNAI's longest-tenured staff member, Dr. Jackson helped to found FNAI in 1981 and was instrumental in ushering the program through the successes and challenges of its early years. Since moving southward from Illinois to pursue graduate studies, he has spent 4 decades studying and conserving Florida's herpetofauna, with research emphasis on freshwater turtles, and has published more than 90 scientific papers and book chapters. At FNAI he oversees database development for amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic invertebrates and is a principal participant in our office's advisory role to the Florida Forever land acquisition program. Dr. Jackson earned his B.S. degree in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. degree in Zoology from the University of Florida.
Dale Jackson
Amy Jenkins
Senior Botanist
Amy joined FNAI in 2004 as a field biologist and has been the Senior Botanist since 2005, holding primary responsibility for management of the state-wide rare plant conservation database and tracking list, rare plant monitoring and surveying, supervising large natural community mapping projects, and training staff in FNAI database entry and protocol. Amy has conducted field work throughout the state, including invasive and rare plant surveys, field assessment of land acquisition projects, and present and historic natural community mapping. Amy coordinated a comprehensive ecological inventory of Orange County and co-authored the 2010 edition of the Guide to the Natural Communities of Florida. She has been working in field ecology in Florida since 1997. Amy has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Florida State University and a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida.
Amy Jenkins
Ann Johnson, Ph.D.
Community Ecologist
Ann has been with FNAI since 1987 and has been community ecologist since 1998. Ann supervises FNAI's natural community database, conducts rare plant surveys, and is involved in a field project to map vegetation on all Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission properties in Florida. She is co-author of the chapter "Dunes and Maritime Forests" in Ecosystems of Florida, edited by R.L. Myers and J.J. Ewel. Ann has a Ph.D. degree in Ecology from the University of California at Davis and has done post-doctoral studies on scrub species at Archbold Biolgical Station in Florida.
Ann Johnson
Carolyn Kindell
Research Scientist
Carolyn joined FNAI in 1993. She has conducted several current and historic natural community mapping projects, vegetation monitoring projects, rare plant surveys, conservation land acquisition assessments, and enjoys helping FNAI colleagues with gopher tortoise surveys. She has expertise in pyrogenic natural communities in Florida and working with land managers to develop restoration strategies. Carolyn has a Master of Science from Florida State University where her research focused on local variations in wiregrass (Aristida stricta) populations in wet and dry habitats.
Carolyn Kindell
Amy Knight
GIS Program Specialist
Since coming to FNAI in 2000, Amy has coordinated the Florida Forever Conservation Needs Assessment, a project that involves GIS analyses and resource data development in support of the Florida Forever program. She is also involved in a variety of other projects at FNAI. Amy recently took on new responsibilities as FNAI's GIS Program Specialist and provides GIS support to the office as well as continuing to conduct project-specific GIS analyses. She has a master's degree in Zoology from the University of Florida.
Amy Knight
Martin Ma
System Administrator
Martin has been with FNAI since 2002. Martin has more than 15 years of IT industry experience. As system administrator, he is responsible for the daily administration and maintenance of FNAI's network and Oracle database. Martin provides solutions and deployment/migration stratagems to keep the system updating smoothly and efficiently.
Martin Ma
Katy NeSmith
Zoologist
Katy has been with FNAI since 1986. She is currently responsible for collecting and processing rare animal occurrence data, concentrating on birds; conducting field surveys for rare animals (most recently seaside sparrow, limpkin, Florida scrub-jay); and identifying, evaluating, and describing high priority natural areas in Florida. She has worked on county inventories and is involved in several current and historic natural community mapping projects. Katy has a master's degree in Biological Science from Florida State University.
Katy NeSmith
Jon Oetting
Conservation Planner
Jon has been with FNAI since 1999. He currently is involved in several planning projects, including GIS analysis and computer modeling of rare species habitat and land acquisition priorities for the Florida Forever program. Jon oversees the Inventory's environmental review and data distribution efforts, and manages the content and organization of the FNAI website. He has a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Planning degree from Florida State University.
Jon Oetting
Nathan Pasco
Conservation Data Analyst
Nathan started work with FNAI in 2011. He serves as the Conservation Data Analyst, maintaining and improving a statewide database of Florida conservation lands and overseeing a site database for environmental land acquisition projects. He also provides GIS mapping and analysis support to a variety of projects. Nathan has a MS degree in Geography from Florida State University.
Nathan Pasco
Frank Price
Data Manager and Assistant Director
Frank has worked for FNAI since 2007. In 2010, after managing FNAI's invasive plant mapping program for several years, he moved into the role of Data Manager. In this position he is responsible for the design, maintenance, and support of primary data systems and leads the development of standards and tools to ensure data quality and consistency. In 2017, Frank also became FNAI's Assistant Director and as such assists with organizational planning and office mangement. Frank came to FNAI with a varied natural resource background including experience in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, riverine dynamics, and fisheries research. He is also experienced with most of the major software packages used in the storage and analysis of spatial data including ArcGIS, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, and Crystal Reports. He develops customs solutions and data products using SQL and Python. Frank has a Master's degree in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management from Florida State University.
Frank Price
Paul Russo
Field Biologist
Paul joined FNAI in the spring of 2004. Since that time he has worked on numerous projects across the state with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Division of Forestry, Suwannee River Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, US Forest Service, and the Department of Defense. Paul's work at FNAI commonly includes natural community mapping, vegetation monitoring, rare plant surveys, rare animal surveys, and exotic species surveys. In 1998 he earned a degree in Wildlife Management from The State University of New York at Cobleskill. Prior to joining FNAI, Paul worked for both Colorado State University and Penn State State University collecting information relative to natural and constructed wetlands. Paul's interests include field botany, nature photography, and virtually all aspects of the natural world.
Paul Russo
Dexter Sowell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Dexter joined FNAI in 2017. He assists other staff in conducting vegetation monitoring, natural community mapping, gopher tortoise surveys, Florida Forever site assessments and Early Detection-Rapid Response (EDRR) invasive plant surveys. He has conducted numerous compliance inspections of FWC Uplands-funded invasive plant treatments on public conservation lands. He is active with the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) and liaisons with several CISMAs throughout the state. He has broad experience with Florida’s native flora, including rare and listed species, fire-dependent ecosystems, invasive plant species management, and prescribed burning. Before joining FNAI, Dexter worked for several years as a biologist for the Florida Forest Service in southwest Florida, and has previously worked with an environmental consulting firm. Dexter has a BS degree in Biological Sciences from Florida State University, a MS degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Virginia.
Dexter Sowell
Nicole Zampieri
Field Biologist
Nicole began working with FNAI in January of 2017. Nicole primarily works as a botanist and has mostly been conducting rare plant surveys, but has also been involved with natural community mapping, invasive plant surveys, report writing, and other projects. Before working with FNAI, Nicole interned as the Milkweed Ecologist at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and worked as the Exotic Plant Manager at Katmai National Park & Preserve. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Florida State University.
Nicole Zampieri
Rebecca Zeroth
Field Scientist
Becca joined FNAI in August, 2016. Her primary responsibility is managing the gopher tortoise projects. She also assists on other projects, including herpetofaunal surveys, conservation easements and tracking rare species occurrences. Her background is in ecology, herpetology and conservation. Becca has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Towson University and a Master's degree in Applied Ecology from the University of Exeter.
Rebecca Zeroth