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Dr. Niki Wayner:  Assistant Field School Director

Dr.Niki Wayner was raised in Alabaster, Alabama.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University.  After graduating, she became the Raptor Director for the McDowell Environmental Center.  After several years, Dr. Wayner returned to Auburn and received her Master of Agriculture degree in Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  Dr. Wayner had praciced small animal medicine in Fort Payne, Alabama for ten years prior to her arrival at the Little River Canyon Center.  She was involved in numerous aspects of the community and continues this involvement to this day.  In 2016, she returned to her love of teaching and began working as the Assistant Director for JSU Field Schools at the Little River Canyon Center.


Phone:  (256)845-3548

Freddy Mederos:  Coordinator, Conservation, & Facilities


Phone:  (256)845-3548

Anna Lindsey: Coordinator, Canyon Center Sales and Services

Anna Lindsey is a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Agriculture Business and Economics. Anna is a native of North East Alabama where she was born and raised on a cotton farm. Anna can be found at the Little River Canyon Center in the Gift Shop assisting customers with purchases, giving tours of the facility or setting up for a special event.


Phone:  (256)845-7213

Anna Palmer

Tiffany Morgan: Administrative Assistant


Phone:  (256) 782-8010

Bill Garland: Research Assistant

Bill is a wildlife biologist and outdoor photographer. He retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with over 35 years of experience in wildlife biology and environmental science. He has worked for environmental consulting companies, the timber industry, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Wildlife Biology and a MS in Biology. He maintains full accreditation as a Certified Wildlife Biologist from the Wildlife Society. Though his position at JSU's EPIC, he is researching both biological and historical aspects of the mountain longleaf ecosystem. He has concentrated his efforts on the northern region of Alabama and northeastern Georgia. He is particularly interested in conservation biology issues related to forested landscapes.

 Steve White: Maintenance

Email: swhite11@jsuedu

Phone:  (256) 845-3548

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