Ohio Office Staff
Lindsey Christ, Executive Director
I am no stranger to Forfar! I first visited Forfar as a high school student and then again in college to do the Christmas Bird count. My time on Andros was transformative and I am thrilled to work for IFS and continue to push forward our field study programs and reach new students and new audiences.
I have been working for non-profit organizations in the field of environmental education for the past 20 years. I have an undergraduate degree from UNC-Asheville in Environmental Studies and a Master's degree from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Ecology. I was the former Executive Director of Keep Franklin County Beautiful, Inc. and Camp Wyandot, Inc.
Matt Underwood, Marketing Program Coordinator
I’m the new Marketing Program Coordinator at IFS. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2013 with a BBA in Marketing and moved to Columbus shortly after. In my previous positions, I’ve helped to develop marketing plans, coordinate events, and have worked as a recruiter. I enjoy any type of outdoor activity such as whitewater rafting, snowboarding, snorkeling, and more! I’m very interested in environmentalism and sustainability and am excited to utilize my skills here at IFS.
Forfar Field Station Staff
Vivienne Main, Station Director
Hi I’m Vivienne the Director of Forfar Field Station. After graduating with an MSci in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow Scotland, I completed an internship with the Clyde River Foundation. Then I left Scotland behind and moved to Dahab, Egypt where I managed the Open Ocean Science Centre, worked as a SCUBA diving instructor, developed EECAA (an environmental NGO) and promoted environmental community initiatives. I’m excited to share my passion for science, the ocean and environmental awareness with everyone here at Forfar.
Demaceo Howard, Assistant Director
I grew up in the landlocked state of Illinois with an insatiable curiosity about the world we live in. I went on to obtain a 4-year degree in Biology at Cornell College. Since graduating, I've conducted field research in Costa Rica on 5 different species of endangered sea turtle. I've also traveled from the west coast of the U.S. to the east coast teaching environmental education to students of all ages. And, as of recently, I've received my PADI DiveMaster certification in Honduras!
Jade Reinhart, Intern
I am a Steve Irwin wanabe, and therefore I aspire to travel the world and learn all things biology. I earned a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University in Wildlife Biology and Geotourism.
I have worked many years in the tourism industry, I have captained boats in Missouri and Florida, I have worked as a sea turtle biologist, a zookeeper, and a crew leader for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park before venturing to Andros.
I grew up at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. I simply love being outdoors and learning about nature's interconnectedness from water to bugs to bears to humans and all that is in between. I love hugging every dog I see, I love dancing, I love games, and I love laughing so long my sides hurt.
Kathryn Malinowski, Intern
Ever since I was a little kid I was obsessed with the ocean, rather than playing with dolls I played with toy sharks and other sea creatures. My passion for the ocean and conservation grew after spending two months in South Africa volunteering on a variety of shark related projects, including great white sharks. In 2014 I graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies.
After graduating I traveled to Fiji and spent four months volunteering and conducting daily underwater reef surveys. I lived on a very remote island and learned the importance of the reef to many locals. After volunteering I was interested in learning more about marine parks and protected areas, I then went back to University to receive my Master’s of Science in Protected Area Management at James Cook University. During my time at JCU I was able to experience some of the best diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Thailand. During my studies I also completed my PADI Divemaster certification.
Seth Anderson, Intern
I grew up in small town Michigan and spent my summers enjoying the wonderful Lake Michigan, which cultivated my passion for the underwater world. I then finished a semester early from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Zoology and shortly after, traveled to California to become a Naturalist at an Outdoor Science School. Next, I moved back to the Midwest to become a Sea Kayak Guide at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Northern Wisconsin. I enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially freediving, spearfishing, camping, and hiking. I’m very excited to explore Andros Island and be a part of the team.
Mike England, Intern
I am a Colorado native and spent most of my time growing up exploring the Rocky Mountains. While in college I assisted in sea turtle conservation in Panama. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I obtained a job on the coast of Georgia conducting sea turtle conservation and leading environmental tours. I returned to my home state and began to work at the Denver Zoo as a zoo educator participating in outreach and informal education programs. Conservation and educating local communities has become my passion and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share this as an Environmental Education Intern on Andros.
Joling Campo, Intern
I grew up in Massachusetts and spent most of my time exploring the surrounding woods, developing my passion and curiosity for the outdoors and wildlife. This passion led me to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, where I obtained my degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, with a focus on marine ecology.
Since graduating, I have been working as a Field Research Technician with Dr. Forys of Eckerd College, in conjunction with US Fish and Wildlife Services to conduct studies of predation rates on threatened nesting shorebird species. My previous research includes loggerhead sea turtle tracking, freshwater turtle population ecology using GIS, shark ecology and behavior, as well as microplastics and climate change. I hope to continue to gain experiences and opportunities to learn more about marine ecology and anthropogenic influences on fragile marine species. My love for the outdoors governs everything I do-from rock climbing, wakeboarding and diving, to longboarding and surfing-I’m always open to new adventures.
Michael Kowalski, Intern
Growing up along the Jersey Shore where I learned to swim before I could walk, I quickly fell in love with the sea and all of its mysterious inhabitants. I parlayed this love into a fruitful education at Boston University, graduating with a BA in Ecology & Conservation Biology in 2015 and a gratifying career to date. For the past couple of years, I have been traveling the globe, exploring the wildest places our planet has to offer, and performing research for various organizations all at the same time.
I’ve had the privilege of working with bats, whales, large carnivores, plants, primates, and sea turtles in the spectacular ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, savannahs of East Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Sahara Desert, Congo Rainforest, and Indonesian Archipelago to name a few. I enjoy pretty much all outdoor activities as long as there’s a good, ol’ fashioned adventure involved and words cannot express how excited I am to get to work at Forfar to start inspiring the next generation of environmentalists!
Rome Newbold, Intern
I am from Love Hill, Andros and graduated from Central Andros High in 2016 where I was a member of the BNT Navigators club. Myself and a classmate received 2nd place for our presentation “Conserving Marine Life” at the Agriculture and Marine Expo in 2016 and we were the only team from a family island entered in the competition. My hobbies include crabbing, fishing, and swimming in blue holes and I am currently majoring in Computer Programming at Broward College in Florida, USA.