The Duke Forest Staff perform a variety of functions to support teaching and research, to protect and enhance natural habitats, to generate revenue for operations, and to provide recreation opportunities for the public.  Specific activities include: research site preparation; class instruction; educational tours; forest management activities; grounds and equipment maintenance; geographic information system (GIS) administration; and budgeting and accounting for research projects and forest operations.

Staff Members:

Sara DiBacco Childs – Director
Phone: 919-613-8013
E-mail: sara.childs@duke.edu

  • Working for the Duke Forest: 3 years
  • Favorite Place in the Duke Forest: A rocky outcrop over New Hope Creek just in front of a big old beech.
  • Favorite Animal in the Duke Forest:  All the salamanders, but especially the four-toed salamander.

 

Jenna Schreiber – Operations Manager
Phone: 919-613-8013
E-mail: jenna.schreiber@duke.edu

  • Working for the Duke Forest: Under 1 year
  • Favorite Place in the Duke Forest: One of my favorite spots in the Duke Forest is the “parade of pines” inside gate fourteen. This is a special spot because it showcases innovative forest management and demonstrates how silviculture can be used to promote a variety of objectives.
  • Favorite Animal in the Duke Forest: I enjoy the cacophony of sound created by the frogs of the Duke Forest. The serenade of chorus frogs and peepers means spring weather has arrived, and this kicks off my favorite time of year.

 

Michael Burke – Forestry Technician
Phone: 919-489-7211
E-mail: meburke@duke.edu

  • Working for the Duke Forest: 29 years
  • Favorite Place in the Duke Forest: Anywhere… I have found wherever I go in the Forest, that place has its own unique value; for me to single one out as favorite would be a disservice to the Forest as a whole.
  • Favorite Animal in the Duke Forest: All of them… I’ve seen everything from bobcat to a shrew, from a wild turkey to an oven bird, all kinds of insects, fish, snakes and amphibians. They all amaze me, though I am not particularly fond of ticks…

 

Beverly Burgess – Administrative Assistant
Phone: 919-613-8013
E-mail: beverly.burgess@duke.edu

    • Working for the Duke Forest: 7 years
    • Favorite Place in the Duke Forest: The New Hope Creek.
    • Favorite Animal in the Duke Forest: My favorite animals to watch in the Forest are the squirrels and owls.

 

Bradley Shewmaker – Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor
Phone: 919-489-7211
Email: bradley.shewmaker@duke.edu

  • Working for the Duke Forest: 7 months
  • Favorite Place in the Duke Forest: My favorite place in the Forest has to be the Rhodo bluff area.
  • Favorite Animal in the Duke Forest: The most interesting animal I’ve seen so far is the foxes.

 

For general questions or comments, please email dukeforest@duke.edu.

For details on transitions in 2014, please see below:

  • On December 31, 2014, Judd Edeburn officially retired his post-retirement position of Special Projects Manager.  He will remain at Duke to teach the Forest Practicum course in Spring 2015. 
  • On July 14th, 2014, Jenna Schreiber came on board as our new Operations Manager – see the announcement on Facebook here.
  • On April 14th, 2014, Brad Shewmaker joined us as our new Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor.  The former supervisor, George Pendergraft, retired in January 2014 but remained on staff in a part-time position until August 2014.
  • For a previous news release on recent staffing changes, please click here.