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Student Naturalists

2014-2015 Cole Student Naturalists 

2014 - 2015 Student Naturalists 

Emily Buckner ’15 grew up in Seattle, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She developed a love for all things outdoors from her numerous adventures hiking, biking, backpacking, canoeing, bird watching, and camping with family and friends. She has found that the Arb is a wonderful place to escape to when faced with the stresses of college life, or just the desire to get outdoors, and is eager to learn about its ecology as a student naturalist.

Callum McCulloch '15 grew up in the tall redwoods of the California Coast. He found his passion for natural history observing four ton Elephant Seals on the local beach, admiring the high nests of Great Horned Owls, and appreciating wild edible plants. More recently, he is excited for the reintroduction of Bald Eagles into his home county this year. He worked on Arb crew from 2011 to 2012 and conducted seed research in the Winter of 2012 for the Arboretum Office. In his free time, he likes to explore the Arboretum to glean how distinct habitats change through Minnesota's drastic seasons. Callum strives to reduce the dichotomy between people and nature through responsible re-inhabitation of the land and sustainable farming practices.

Anna Persmark '15 grew up playing in creeks, exploring the woods, hiking, and backpacking. As a member of the cross country and track teams, she loves running in the Arb, and also enjoys cross country skiing and long wanders. As a native of Eugene, OR, the prairie is a refreshing change from the rainy coniferous forests. Anna looks forward to finding turtles and frogs and generally learning more about the wildlife of the Arboretum.

Marie Schaedel '15 was towed along on hiking and birdwatching ventures by her enthusiastic mother as a child. She eventually came to the realization that these once dreaded outings instilled an appreciation of nature and its inhabitants. She now plans to major in biology in order to study plants professionally. Marie grew up in a small suburb north of Chicago and chose to attend Carleton primarily because she fell in love with the Arb during her first visit to campus. Marie enjoys cross-country skiing, running in the Arb, and watching British television.

Darcy Mishkind ’16 grew up surrounded by the beautiful green mountains of Vermont. She spent much of her youth exploring the woods, building forts, and learning bits and pieces about native species. She was immediately drawn to the distinctly different ecosystem of the Carleton arb, and has spent many happy hours exploring its prairies and forested lands. In particular, she is looking forward to learning more about the birds found there and better understanding its distinctive habitats.


Victoria Rachmaninoff ’16
grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where nature is often far away. As a prospective student, she was lucky enough to go on a cold winter morning walk in the arboretum over glistening trails of snow and was sure that Carleton was the place for her.  At Carleton, she has continued to cultivate her love of the outdoors and spends much of her free time listening to the sound of the creek, the songs of birds, and the crunch of her footsteps while exploring the far corners of the arboretum. This year, Victoria is very excited to be part of the Student Naturalist program to get to learn more about the arboretum and share her love for this Carleton treasure with her fellow classmates.

Cam Shorb '16 came of age as a naturalist in suburban New Jersey, where he learned to find wildness in unlikely places: groundhog dens by the playground, a broad-winged hawk soaring above manicured lawns, and once, a black bear in a small wooded lot.  Moving to semi-rural Massachusetts gave him much more woodland and wetland to explore.  Cam's interests include tracking, birding, pre-Columbian uses of natural resources, conservation, and habitat restoration.  He has worked in nature education and land management.  As a Student Naturalist, he is excited to learn more about Minnesota ecosystems and to share his love of the Arb and its mission.

 Forrest Williams ’16 grew up in rural Northern Lower Michigan where he spent much of his childhood playing in the woods and learning about the importance of living symbiotically with the land. From an early age he grew to love nature by going out on tree identification expeditions, cutting wood for the winter months, and working on his family’s small organic farm. Forrest first fell in love with the Arb by running across its beautiful open landscape. He now spends a large portion of his time in the Arb helping the Arb Crew restore and protect the parries, and seeking respite from the fast pace of life. Forrest is interested in the role species play in ecosystems and the slow, yet inevitable, way in which the natural world transforms itself.

Rachel Cheung '17 grew up in Chicago, where she worked with non-profit groups that implemented educational urban agricultural programs. She cultivated her love for wildlife by exploring microcosms of nature in the city, such as Illinois preserves, community gardens, and conservatories, so she was immediately astonished by the sheer size and diversity of the arboretum. Excited to be able to further explore the arboretum, she is especially interested in learning more about the unique ecosystems that coexist in the arboretum and educational efforts to connect humans to nature.

Clara Hazlett-Norman '17 hails from the lush forests of North Carolina where she spent much of her childhood backpacking, kayaking, climbing, catching crayfish, avoiding ticks, and otherwise exploring the outdoors.  Though at first, Clara missed the dense trees of the east coast, she has slowly fallen in love with wild and wind-whipped prairies and oak savannas of Southern Minnesota.  She was part of Arb Crew her Freshman year and loved those afternoons spent restoring the prairie and getting to know the Arb's complex and diverse ecosystem.  She spends much of her free time going for runs in the Arb both to get a breather from the busyness of college life and to reconnect with the natural world.  Clara thinks education is an essential aspect of conservation and is excited to share her exuberance for sustainability, education, and the outdoors as a Naturalist.


Keaton Tremble ’17 grew up in the never ending forests of Northern Idaho. Being surrounded by mountains, his first loves were skiing the gorgeous winters and hiking the endless ridge tops. Keaton got to know the arb by working with the arboretum crew and spending countless hours pulling invasive buck-thorn. He sees the arb as a sort of retreat from the endless prairies and a little reminder of the forests back home. Keaton hopes to create more awareness about the arb, and invite others to discover their own special corner of the arb.

Emma Velis ’17 was raised exploring the beautiful sand dunes, beaches, and forests of Northern Michigan. With friends and family, she has enjoyed countless expeditions hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and more in her beloved National Park. Here at Carleton, being a part of Student Naturalists has allowed Emma the opportunity to better appreciate the beauty of Minnesota as she becomes more familiar with the plants and creatures of the Arboretum. Emma relishes any time in the Arb, and she is always looking for new ways to enjoy the outdoors.