Hicks, Al


Al Hicks has toiled for years and years on behalf of New York state wildlife as an endangered species biologist with the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation. In January, 2007, however, his life changed with the news of a mysterious disease that had been discovered near Albany that would soon be wiping out entire bat colonies. Since then, Al has led a national effort studying what has become known as white-nose syndrome from his Albany base of operations, doing extensive field and lab research and passing along news of the spread of the disease and potential checks to media outlets from Time magazine to network television.