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Faces at the Station

Dr. Chuck Yohn, Director

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Chuck officially began his tenure as Director of the Station in 1993 but his employment history at the station goes back as far as 1979 when he began working at the station in a student work study position while as a freshman at Juniata College. Chuck completed his doctorate from Penn State University studying the effect of forest management practices on songbird communities.  In addition to his administrative duties coordinating the development and daily operations of the station, Chuck also teaches Ornithology, Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlife Management, Forestry and the Sense of Place seminar at the station.

Chris Bomgardner, Facilities Supervisor

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In 2008 Chris joined the field station staff as Facilities Supervisor. A graduate of Penn State with a degree in Biology & Plant Science and a wide range of work experience under his belt, Chris was (and still is) the perfect man for the job. The position includes many diverse responsibilities, including keeping the facilities in shape, working with students and alumni on projects and improvements for the station, supervising student help and much more. During our forestry semester, Chris teams up with faculty to teach Forestry at the field station.

Andrew McDevitt, Resident Director

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After graduating with a degree in Biology from Penn State in 2011, Andrew returned to the college setting a few months later as the Field Station RD. Here at RFS, he wears many hats. Not only does he carry out the usual RD duties but he is also a lab assistant, station activities coordinator, and assists Chris with facilities improvement projects.

Travis Crawford, Executive Chef

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Travis joined the Field Station staff in the fall of 2011 after spending 12 years working for Sodexo. From something as simple burgers on the grill to breakfast frittata to his kickin’ homemade barbeque sauce, the students all rave about his food. Each week Travis joins the students for dinner to design the next menu. For the students with dietary restrictions or even those who are just picky eaters (within reason, of course), he is willing to work around it as best he can even if it means he has to cook three different meals a night. When not at the field station, Travis stays busy catering for his other lucky clients.