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Sheila Colwell Joins NPS at University Park

The School of Forest Resources gained a new associate in November 2010 when Sheila Colwell joined the National Park Service (NPS) group in the Forest Resources Building. Sheila replaces Michele Batcheller as the regional wildlife biologist and threatened and endangered species coordinator for the NPS Northeast Region.

Sheila comes to Penn State from Boston, where she was hired to fill the position that Michele vacated in November 2009 when she retired. Sheila has been involved in such projects as deer management planning at Fire Island National Seashore and Morristown National Historical Park, chronic wasting disease detection and assessment planning at Shenandoah National Park, coordination of a bat community composition study in six parks, and development of webinars for the management of white-nose syndrome in bats.

Sheila has worked in the NPS for over 14 years, serving previously in the Northeast Region as senior natural resource specialist and in the Southeast Region as regional wildlife biologist and threatened and endangered species coordinator. Prior to joining the NPS, she worked as a biological scientist at the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit located at the University of Florida. 

Sheila earned an M.S. in wildlife biology at the University of Georgia.