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Linda Rohleder - Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)

In 2013, Linda received her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied the effects of deer on forest understories. While attending graduate school she worked as a park ranger in Monmouth County, NJ and taught beginning biology labs at Rutgers. Before returning to school, she worked for many years at AT&T as a project manager and software developer. Linda built the Trail Conference’s InvasivesStrike Force volunteer program. By 2016, the program had trained about 400 invasives-mapping volunteers who collectively had surveyed more than 1,200 miles of trail for invasive plants. She has organized invasives-removal workdays in parks across southern New York and northern New Jersey. Linda also has spent more than 10 years creating a native plant wildlife habitat in her backyard.

Ryan Goolic - Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager

In 2017, Ryan received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, Ryan spent three years, including two summer experiences, in a forest ecology research lab where he studied the interactions between invasive species, deer, and native plant communities. His capstone focused on the interactions between invasive earthworms, invasive plants, and native plants. Before attending TCNJ, he spent much of his time outdoors with the Boy Scouts, where he eventually earned his rank of Eagle Scout. Most recently, Ryan served with AmeriCorps on the 2017 Invasives Strike Force Crew, building trails in Sterling Forest, and restoring and protecting aquatic resources in Montana. He spent the 2019 field season as Crew Leader for the Invasives Strike Force before transitioning to Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager. Ryan enjoys traveling to new ecosystems, finding interesting bugs and fungi, and cooking for his friends and family.