Staff Bios


John Byrd


Kathy Strunk

Kathy Strunk is a retired math teacher and bird enthusiast. She began working as a CRESO staff member in 1989, leading a bird banding project in which the data was sent to The Institute for Bird Populations as part of a national database to monitor bird population trends. Currently, she is lead staff on a birdbox monitoring project whose data is part of Cornell’s Nestwatch program.


Ted Faust

Ted Faust is a biologist and herpetologist that began working with CRESO as a student in 2004. He has worked extensively with snakes (especially Black Kingsnakes) in Tennessee and Desert Tortoises in the Californian and Nevadan mojave desert. He has also studied reptiles and amphibians in Paraguay and Ecuador. He enjoys observing herps in the wild, traveling, and mountain biking.


Kristie Fox

Kristie Fox is an educator and herpetologist. She worked with CRESO as a student in 1990 and returned to serve as a staff member after her schooling. She has worked extensively with students for many years in how to view, examine, and analyze data collected in the field.


Julie McCullough

Julie McCullough has been teaching middle school science for the past 18 years, currently teaching 6th grade student’s science at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She also has been working with CRESO with the wetland-monitoring project since 2006 where she enjoys engaging students in learning by sparking curiosity, wonder and discovery of what type of critter’s may be living in the wetlands.


Nicole Patalano

Staff Training

CRESO would not be possible without the numerous individuals who over the years have given of their time to training the CRESO staff and students in the most technologically advanced research techniques.  Listed below are a few of the workshops that have been given to our staff and students.


  • GIS Academy: Brian Smith, Michael Companovo, Kurt Butefish - ArcGIS Academy training (2018,2019)

  • George Heinrich: Natural History Workshop - Reptiles, Amphibians, Carnivorous Plants, and Habitat Types, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Apalachicola, FL.; Sessions included identification, species diversity, fire ecology, and conservation issues (June, 2003)

  • Joy O'Keefe from Touchstone Energy Corp., Kentucky: GPS/GIS Workshop - free one day workshop introduction to software called Animal Analysis for ArcView making it easier to create files and download digital data for making maps to document species inventory and home ranges (June, 2003)

  • Robert & Andrea English from LEAPS:  GPS/GIS Workshop - creating files and downloading digital data for making maps to document species inventory and home ranges (July, 2002)

  • John Byrd:  Smoky Mountain Field School - partnership with GSMNP; amphibian "field trip" in the park; identification and natural history (July, 2002)

  • George Heinrich:  Apalachicola, FL field trip: included gopher tortoises and their associated upland ecosystems, Florida's riverine turtles, basic identification of Florida's non-marine turtles, longleaf pine habitat restoration project, search for Barbour's map turtles, explore gopher tortoise habitat and survey methods, natural history and conservation of diamondback terrapins (June 23 - 28, 2002)

  • Pat Wurth from Roane State Community College:  3-day workshop on GIS - An Introduction to ArcView at Roane State Community College (January, 2002) Leanne Jenkins Bowin:  Using EXCEL for data management and to generate graphs for reports, presentations (2001)

  • George Heinrich:  Use of roadkill specimens as an ecological survey technique (2001)

  • Kathy Strunk: Using data loggers with computers (2001) 

  • Robert & Andrea English: Producing sound libraries (2001)

  • Josh Long and Mitchell Boles:  GPS/GIS (2001)