Research Team

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JIM ARMBRUSTER

Research Coordinator

VINS Research Coordinator Jim Armbruster began working at VINS as a camp instructor during the summers of 2014 and 2015. He then worked for three seasons as a VINS Environmental Educator and a season as a Wildlife Rehabber in Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. In April of 2020, Jim took on the newly created role of Research Coordinator. This position allows him to use the training he received as a Wildlife Biology major at the University of Vermont, and his experiences in camp, education, and rehabilitation, to lead our research efforts on campus and with partnering organizations. Outside of VINS, Jim has volunteered as an Advanced EMT for the last five years with Woodstock Ambulance and has recently started on Hartland Rescue Squad. He is also the current animal control officer for the town of Hartland, Vt. He lives with his wife Taylor in Quechee, their two dogs and two cats. Taylor has worked as a veterinary technician for six years at Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic in Woodstock, an organization with close ties to VINS.

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JENNA SCHLENER

Research Intern

Jenna is working at VINS as the Winter Raptor Ecology Intern. She is passionate about movement ecology, figuring out where and why animals move. During her undergraduate degree, she conducted research on Herring Gulls using GPS units to look at individual variation in foraging behavior and habitat selection. This led to her current role as a second-year master’s student at McGill University studying the reproductive consequences of variation in foraging behavior of Black-legged Kittiwakes. Jenna's fieldwork takes place on Middleton Island, Alaska, where she has been the crew leader for the research station over the past two summers. In doing so, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of incredible seabird species.

While Jenna has more recently focused on seabirds, in the past she has also worked at Hawk Mountain as a summer conservation trainee assisting with their American Kestrel Nest Box Program and spent two fall seasons on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park volunteering for their fall migration raptor count. Jenna is excited to be a part of this incredible team at VINS and is looking forward to giving you updates on where Red-tailed Hawks go in winter.