Mr. Ross Carrie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He has worked more than eighteen years as a manager, consultant, and educator in non-game wildlife management and research, endangered species, environmental and regulatory compliance, and zoonosis management and research. Ross has accumulated over eight years experience working at management-level positions in county, state, and federal government. His experience includes conducting and publishing original research on endangered species and rare grassland bird species, managing endangered and non-game species on U.S. Forest Service and Department of Defense lands in Texas and Louisiana, developing NEPA-related documents to assess potential impacts of projects proposed on U.S. Forest Service lands, teaching in the Biology Department of Texas A&M University and developing and managing an avian encephalitis surveillance program for all of Harris County, Texas. These experiences inspired him to found Raven in 1996 as a turnkey natural resources management company, providing exemplary and cost-effective services in environmental planning, management, compliance and research. Ross is both President of Raven and a Project Manager, specializing in services that include research design, data collection and management, statistical analysis and publication, and technical writing support.
Mr. Joe Hamrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. He has more than 36 years experience in natural resource management, planning, and execution, including the areas of game and non-game wildlife, endangered species, sustainable forestry, and environmental compliance. Joe worked eighteen years for a fully integrated forest products company with landholdings in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama. Positions held included: Manager of a 10,000-acre forest and wildlife management demonstration area; Regional Biologist providing internal and external consulting services; Corporate Group Manager responsible for 400,000-acres of “sensitive” forest areas; and Corporate Manager writing and implementing internal policy for sustainable management on 2.2 million acres of timberland. Joe has also acquired extensive experience in sustainable forestry systems, implementation, and certification standards and has conducted environmental audits on forests in Texas, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Maine. Joe is both the Business Manager of Raven and a Project Manager, specializing in services that include regulatory compliance, resource planning, and geographic information systems technology and mapping.
Mr. Eric Keith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has worked for more than twenty years as a natural resource manager and is recognized in Texas and the southeastern U.S. for his expertise in botany, with extensive knowledge of North American flora including taxonomic and ecological classification. He is frequently consulted by government agencies and others to provide plant identification, distributional data, and taxonomic clarification. He has conducted plant inventories and ecological classification on over 100,000 acres for Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Department of Defense, Texas Military Department and over a dozen large and small private landowners in Texas and the southeast. Eric also worked for three years in the Environmental Division of Fort Polk Military Installation in Louisiana as a wildlife biologist and botanist where he acquired hands-on experience managing endangered species, wetland delineation, prescribed burning, and regulatory compliance. Eric is a Project Manager at Raven and specializes in services that include inventory and assessment, plant taxonomy and ecological classification, vegetation monitoring, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Kevin Mundorff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Science degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has worked for more than twenty years managing natural resources acquiring expertise in the areas of ecological classification, endangered species, wetland delineation, regulatory compliance, and the use of prescribed burning to maintain and restore natural systems. Kevin is a certified prescribed burn manager and has planned and supervised burns on more than thirty thousand acres throughout Texas and Louisiana, helping landowners to achieve their goals of fuel reduction, vegetation management, and habitat improvement. Kevin is a Project Manager at Raven and specializes in land management services that include prescribed burning and ecological planning, mechanical vegetation management, wetlands delineation and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Jordan Fowler has been with Raven since 2003, gaining extensive experience in resource management and operation of heavy equipment including: bull dozer, skid-steer and skidder rotary drum mulchers, farm tractors and heavy transports. Jordan has worked with threatened and endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of the Incarnate Word. He is a Project Manager at Raven and a certified burn manager. He has managed and executed many prescribed burns and mulching projects aimed at achieving landowner goals including the restoration and recovery of wildlife habitats and sensitive plant communities. Jordan currently lives in San Antonio, Texas and travels extensively throughout the state of Texas.
Ms. Dawn Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Oregon State University and her Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has over 34 years of experience in the fields of wildlife and natural resources management. She served as district wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service for 24 years, managing Red-cockaded woodpeckers and other wildlife, completing environmental assessments, and serving as an integral member of the district interdisciplinary team. Dawn has been with Raven since January 2015, where she is involved with a wide variety of projects. Dawn heads up Raven’s environmental compliance work, developing environmental assessments, biological assessments, and associated documents. She continues working with Red-cockaded woodpeckers, as well as heading up monitoring projects for songbirds and reptiles and amphibians, and working on various habitat restoration projects. Her commitment to songbird conservation includes her long-term operation and management of two Institute for Bird Populations MAPS banding stations since 2015 and a winter MOSI banding station since 2018. Dawn is also a certified prescribed burn manager in Texas.
Mr. Brett Lawrence received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Sam Houston State University and his Masters of Geoscience in Geographic Information and Science and Technology from Texas A&M University. He has over ten years of experience working in natural resources and environmental compliance, three years of which have been in a management role. During this time, he has participated in projects ranging from Red-cockaded Woodpecker nest monitoring, herpetological and avian population monitoring, wildlife habitat restoration, and sustainable forestry. Brett also plays a significant role in Raven’s prescribed fire operations, remote sensing applications, and geospatial data management and analysis. Brett has spearheaded and manages Raven’s ongoing integration of drone technology into existing services, including aerial ignition for prescribed fire and systematic surveys of endangered species habitat. He is a licensed FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot with over 100 hours of flight time providing aerial ignition and remote sensing services. His innovative work at Raven with drones resulted in his peer-review publication describing his use of UAS technologies to evaluate and categorize habitat for the threatened Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
Amy Shafer completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology at Sam Houston State University in 2003. She began her work with Raven in 2005 with a deep interest in the environment, activism, forest ecology and botany. She began learning and working with threatened and endangered species including the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. She has gained experience in prescribed burning, heavy equipment operation, horticulture, biology, plant identification and business management. She is currently working as Office and Business Manager and Human Resources Specialist at Raven and is an Earth activist and Organic farmer at Far Out Farm. She identifies herself as a land steward and applies permaculture principles and ethics to people, the earth and the future. She respects and honors the indigenous people in which Raven and her home occupy, the Bidai and Tonkawa, and most likely Comanche and Caddo.
Jesse Exum attended the Pennsylvania State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and is currently finishing her Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Science at the Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Jesse has over six years of diverse experience working for a variety of organizations including the U. S. Forest Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the University of Nevada, Reno. In these positions she conducted woodpecker monitoring in Eastern Oregon, elk and mule deer habitat restoration in Central Oregon, mountain lion captures & kill-site surveys of collared individuals across Nevada, and participated in research studying lambing habitat and resource selection of desert bighorn sheep in Central Nevada, among many other projects. Jesse’s graduate school research focuses on evaluating the use of drones in estimating population sizes of white-tailed deer in South Texas. Jesse is currently working at Raven as a Wildlife Biologist and licensed FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot with experience using drones for wildlife survey efforts, remote sensing, and now, aerial ignition for prescribed fire operations.