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Photo of Jeanette Pepper Jeanette Pepper, SKCDC Coordinator

Jeanette has a MSc in biology and spent her first years with the ministry as Zoologist with the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC) and as a Species at Risk Ecologist. Since 2012 she has been involved in regulatory, policy and strategic planning as a Wildlife Ecologist in the Wildlife Unit with emphasis on captive wildlife. Jeanette has a lifelong interest in conservation and enjoys spending her free time in Saskatchewan’s great outdoors with her family.

Photo of Sarah Vinge-Mazer, Athabasca Sand Dunes Sarah Vinge-Mazer, SKCDC Botanist

As the SKCDC botanist, Sarah collects data and manages information on the province’s flora to inform appropriate conservation measures. Sarah has a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Regina and a diploma in Natural Resources Technology from Lakeland College. Since 2003 she has worked on a variety of plant-related survey, research, and conservation projects throughout the boreal and prairie ecoregions. She lives in Regina with her family.

Photo of Andrea Benville Andrea Benville, SKCDC Data Manager

As the data manager Andrea Benville guides the SKCDC’s information management process, resolves technical difficulties, and provides updates to the website. Andrea has a B.Sc. majoring in Zoology from the University of Guelph, and a post-graduate certificate from Fleming College in Geographic Information Systems as an application specialist. She has developed her GIS mapping and data management skills while working on conservation and natural resource management projects in both her professional and academic career. As a new resident to Saskatchewan from Peterborough, Ontario, she is enjoying exploring all the province has to offer.

Photo of Beryl Wait Beryl Wait, SKCDC Invasive Species Coordinator

Beryl has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. She has over twenty years of experience with plant and vegetation related work experiences in Saskatchewan and neighboring provinces. Beryl has worked in a variety of sectors (forestry, oil and gas, mining, research, conservation and government). Focusing primarily on rare plant identification she has worked in many areas of the Province including the Great Sand Hills, the Cypress Hills, the Northern Provincial Forest and the Souris River Valley.

Photo of Erin Swerdfeger Erin Swerdfeger, SKCDC Zoologist

As the SKCDC Zoologist, Erin manages information on Saskatchewan’s native wildlife species. She brings expertise on bats to the role through her MSc in Biology from the University of Regina, and a strong foundation in planning and impact assessment from her environmental consulting experience. Erin loves spending time outside in the many varied landscapes of Saskatchewan.

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