Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI my parents fostered a life dedicated to helping others less fortunate through community engagement, and group outdoor activities of which scouting was central. Taking this to the extreme, I spent much of my adult life in the U.S. Air Force, returning home many years later to further their philosophy of community and connections. I turned to mentoring disadvantaged children through boatbuilding and sailing as a professional sailing instructor.
Mark is a professor and extension specialist is the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Mark's research and extension program is in the areas of the social sciences and public policy as they relate to forests and related ecosystems.
I grew up in California’s Central Valley and graduated from Biola University in 2006 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a minor in Chemistry, and functional minors in humanities, Bible, and environmental studies through the Torrey Honors and Au Sable Institutes. Since then, I have been an outdoor and science educator, wilderness trip leader, and research intern for various seasons in Maine and New Hampshire.
Sarah Traver holds a BA in English from Marywood University and a MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. She grew up wandering the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania and exploring the mountains of West Virginia, but hails most recently from Boston, where she worked for the Provost at Harvard University.
Former graduate students and others with whom Rickenbach has worked include the following.
Kris Tiles, MS 2003, is currently a Basin Educator with UWEX Cooperative Extension in Wausau, WI.
Emily Sturgess-Cleek, MS 2003, is living in Portland, Oregon.
Rebecca Gass, MS 2006, is a Forest Planner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry in Madison, WI.