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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 37 years studying and conserving Florida’s herpetofauna, with research emphasis on freshwater turtles, and has published more than 60 scientific papers and book chapters. At FNAI he oversees database development for amphibians, reptiles, and 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.
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.
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.
Greg Jubinsky Invasive Plant Field Research Scientist
Greg joined FNAI in 2014 after 37 years with the State of Florida, focusing on aquatic and upland invasive plants with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. His work took him throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and Australia. While having served as the chair for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council from 1997-1999, he has also been presented with the Florida Native Plant Society’s Green Palmetto award for service towards the preservation of natural areas in the state, and was also the recipient of the 2010 U.S. Department of Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award for the management of Florida’s Invasive Plant Management Program and the development of Florida’s first statewide natural resource public-private partnership program, the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP). He earned a B.S. in Limnology from the University of Central Florida with emphasis on botany and landscape ecology.
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 is not related to Gary Knight, FNAI's director, even though they are both from Alabama.
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.
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.
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.
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. He is currently serving as Data Services Coordinator, fulfilling data requests from the public. Nathan has a MS degree in Geography from Florida State University.
Frank Price Data Manager
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. 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, Python and VBScript. Frank has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management from Florida State University.
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.
Jim Surdick, Ph.D. Field Ecologist
Since May of 2004 Jim has conducted surveys of rare plants and animals and mapped natural communities for FNAI in many regions of Florida, but can be found most often on SRWMD lands. Before joining FNAI he gained invaluable experience due to a combination of wanderlust and nature study which lead him through the environments of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, the Everglades, Central America, Ecuador, and Botswana. Jim has a BS degree in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MS degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from the Department of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida.
Gary Schultz Inventory Ecologist
Gary has worked for FNAI since 1983 on projects in all parts of Florida. He has a Master's Degree in Horticultural Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Botany from the University of Florida. His expertise is identifying and surveying for listed plant and animal species. Gary has extensive experience in assessing natural communities and rare species habitats. He has written numerous reports for FNAI, including ones for Cape Canaveral Air Station, Picayune Strand State Forest, the Lake Wales Ridge with Linda Chafin, and the Cross Florida Greenway with Brenda Herring. He is currently working on projects for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Suwannee River Water Management District, and Volusia County.
Gregg Walker Invasive Plant Research Scientist
Gregg joined FNAI in 2014 after 11 years with the Florida Park Service (FPS) serving as the invasive plant coordinator for 171 state parks and trails. Gregg has also worked as a natural lands manager/biologist with the FPS, Seminole County, Orange County, and in private consulting. He has extensive experience in prescribed fire, water quality assessment, habitat restoration, as well as managing invasive plants and animals. Gregg also enjoys collaborating with other organizations to reach common goals. He earned a B.S. in Limnology and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida with emphasis on upland restoration and landscape ecology.