Faculty - Wildlife Technology

Faculty - Wildlife Technology

Keely Roen, Instructor in Wildlife Technology

Keely Roen joined the Penn State DuBois campus in 2001. She is the Principal Investigator for the DuBois saw-whet owl banding station. She has worked with Dr. Stottlemyer and Mr. Hummer on projects ranging from shorthead garter snake surveys and small mammal seed predation at a reforestation test site. She serves on the Mammal Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey which provides scientific recommendations to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. She is also the College of Agriculture Representative for the campus, the Farmers and Friends Ag Club advisor, and the recipient of the university-wide 2010 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award. She was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2011.

Ms. Roen has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Ecology from Penn State University. She worked as an environmental consultant in Virginia for several years before pursuing her Master’s degree in 1999. Her master’s thesis examined the relationship between feeding behavior of avian scavengers and habitat type at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Ms. Roen teaches Wildlife Management Techniques (map and compass, GPS, radiotelemetry, trapping), Terrestrial Wildlife management, and Wildlife statistics regularly. She has also taught Women in Science, Environmental Science, and Careers in Agriculture. When she isn’t teaching or advising students, she is birdwatching, walking, kayaking, or playing with her three sons.

Emily Thomas, Instructor in Wildlife Technology

Emily Thomas has been an Instructor in Wildlife Technology since August 2012. She has taught Animal Identification (WILDL 103), Wetlands and Fisheries Management (WILDL 213), Outdoor Recreation (WILDL 207) and Aerial Photography and GIS (WILDL 211) along with undergraduate independent studies and Hawk ID. She oversees a student-run songbird banding station across from campus and helps with the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station. She is the advisor of the ECO Club where she has taken students to the Everglades and multiple events of The Wildlife Society. She received the Educator of the Year Award from the DuBois Educational Foundation in 2014.
Ms. Thomas earned an Associate in Science from the Wildlife Technology program in 2007 and then went on to Penn State University Park to earn a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in 2009 and a Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in 2011. Her Master’s thesis was titled “Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Songbird Abundance in the Allegheny National Forest”. In 2014, her Master’s work was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Ms. Thomas has worked with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, PA since 2005. She started as a wildlife technician working on research projects examining the effects of various silvicultural practices on songbirds, specifically the Cerulean Warbler. In 2009 she started her own research on the effects of conventional oil and gas development on songbird abundance and nesting success and is currently still involved in that project.

Ms. Thomas runs a public MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) bird banding station at the Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary in Jamestown, NY. She also monitors 30 American Kestrel nest boxes in Warren County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY and participates in the monitoring of the Northern Goshawk population in Pennsylvania. Professionally, she is the Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society and serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology.