Jeff Beringer has degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point and the University of Tennessee. He has worked on a variety of carnivore species including grey wolves, black bears, bobcats, fishers, river otters, and coyotes. He started with the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1986 as a Wildlife Damage Biologist, then, worked as a deer research biologist, a turkey biologist and grouse biologist. Jeff’s current responsibilities include research and management of furbearers and large carnivores and chairing the mountain lion response team in Missouri.
Annie Tiberio Cameron is a fine art nature photographer with a passion for teaching, especially to beginners. She brings to this Summit (in 2016, her 34th) over 40 years of elementary school teaching, coordinating environmental education programs for Massachusetts Audubon Society, and teaching photography for many institutions across the USA. Since 2009, she has been teaching a 3-credit online photography course at UMass Amherst, (open to anyone, worldwide) and currently focuses her exhibiting efforts in venues around Central Vermont, including the Montpelier gallery that represents her work. Her photos have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, received awards and have been published in numerous calendars, magazines, newspapers, and other publications, including two editions of a top-selling Sierra Club book entitled: Mother Earth — Through the Eyes of Women Photographers and Writers, as well as its accompanying postcard book. Annie also tours three slide programs, seen at Summits and available for your communities: Death Valley, Okefinokee and Beyond, Come With Me to Tanzania, and Touring Kenya are for upper elementary students through adults. See her online gallery at: www.AnnieCameronPhotography.com
Tim Banek Originally from South Dakota, Tim received a BA in Biology from Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD and a MS in Biology from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. He began his career with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in northeast Oklahoma. In 1986, he accepted a position with the Missouri Department of Conservation and worked in southwest Missouri as a Fisheries Management Specialist and Fisheries Management Biologist for 22 years. Tim has a diverse history of successful accomplishments for the Department, including working with private landowners, and conducting close coordination with city municipalities, communities, and several state and federal agencies. Tim developed and implemented unique smallmouth bass regulations on Elk River that has improved the fishery in that stream. He also led the effort to improve walleye management in Missouri and showed that stocking high priority lakes with walleye fingerlings significantly improved walleye fishing. Tim is a member of the Missouri Chapter of American Fisheries and the Wildlife societies and represented the Department on the North Central AFS Walleye Technical Committee for 15 years. Tim has presented papers at several professional meetings and has organized and conducted interagency and public meetings.
In February 2008, Tim accepted MDC’s first 1-year leadership training position to serve as Invasive Species Coordinator in central office. The leadership training position was extended and his promotion was made permanent with the Conservation Commission’s approval of the vacancy management plan in October, 2009. He is enjoying the diversity of his responsibilities and the challenges related to invasive species. A few of Tim’s accomplishments as Invasive Species Coordinator include editing and working to get Missouri’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan submitted through the Governor’s office, approved by the ANS Task Force and to administer the annual federal grant to implement the plan. Tim also had a major role in using bioagent insects in Missouri to combat the noxious spotted knapweed. Long term bioagent evaluations are currently being conducted on Department areas in southern Missouri. He also continues to provide training and workshop opportunities for staff and produces invasive species materials to help educate Missouri citizens about invasive species
Peggy Brosnan has been a leader for hiking, youth, teens, and young adult programs. A biology and genetics teacher, she advises an ecology club and Environthon team at one of the D.C. area’s top public high schools. She has done hikes to 12,000, 14,000, 16,000, and 20,000 feet in the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes, and the Himalayas respectively, and camped inside Kilimanjaro’s crater at 18,800 ft. She has kayaked Baja, New Zealand, Italy’s Elba Island, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay, but says that one kayaking moment in Canada’s westernmost islands topped them all. This will be Peggy’s 31th Summit.
Dave Linthicum has been losing orienteering events and doing maps for the sport since starting in 1974 (as a Scout.) He’s GPS’d and used maps for trekking up to 20,000 ft. all over Tajikistan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Andes, Tanzania, Ladakh, Tasmania, Jordan, and the Alps by land, and British Columbia, Alaska, New Zealand, Thailand, Baja, Maine, and Elba by sea (kayak), all with Peggy Brosnan. They live 19 miles from the US Capitol and a mile from their nearest neighbor on the longest river entirely in Maryland. YouTube
Dave’s new water trail map of that river is a best-seller. Dave was recently the primary witness for the plaintiff in the precedent-setting environmental victory in Patuxent Riverkeeper vs. Md. Dept. of the Environment before the Maryland Court of Appeals, furthering citizen standing (Court Upholds Citizens Rights in Fight Over Woodmore Towne Center). In real life at the Office of the Geographer of the US State Dept., he analyzes, edits, and draws most of the non-European international boundaries that you see on Google Earth/Maps and for all federal military and civilian use.
Dave Egan got his undergraduate degree in the Valley and Ridge Province of central Pennsylvania at Bucknell University and then his graduate degree in the glacial plains of the Miami River Valley at Wright State University in Ohio. Dave has been involved with geologic studies nationwide as a geologist supporting cleanup of soils, groundwater, streams and estuaries at Superfund sites and other industrial or former industrial facilities. He has also helped to interpret geology for hikers and other enjoyers of the outdoors for the past 20+ years. In his spare time, you may find him biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming or playing ultimate Frisbee.