KENT PFEIFFER has worked for Northern Prairies in the Beatrice office since 2006. He had worked as the land manager at the Platte River Whooping Crane Habitat Maintenance Trust for twelve years prior to that. Initially, Kent served as a Project Biologist working with Jarren Kuipers. After Jarren left for Wyoming in 2009, Kent became Program Manager, supervising the Nebraska staff of NPLT. Kent has a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and a M.S. in biology from Kansas State University. Kent and his wife, Rebecca, live in Beatrice and have two children, Olivia and Wyatt.
KELLY CORMAN joined our staff in summer 2013 as a Coordinating Wildlife Biologist in north-central Nebraska. Kelly grew up on a farm and cattle operation near Edgar, NE. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2007, earning a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife. In 2011, Kelly earned an M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University – Kingsville studying landscape and conservation genetics of lesser prairie-chickens. Before joining our team, Kelly worked for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in southeast Colorado, assisting landowners to conserve lesser prairie-chicken habitat. Since 2013 he has been working with ranchers and other landowners to implement projects to restore and enhance prairies and other habitat associated with at-risk species primarily in the Middle Niobrara and Keya Paha landscapes. Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.
KRISTA LANG grew up in the forests of western Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. After various field jobs, she went onto pursue a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, finishing in 2010. She moved to southeast Nebraska with her husband and started working for NPLT in early 2011 doing oak woodland restoration at Indian Cave State Park. She now uses her restoration knowledge from the park to help private landowners all across southeast Nebraska that are interested in restoring oak woodlands on their private properties.
CHANCE BRUEGGEMANN As a child originally living in Southern California, Chance’s interest in the biological world was sparked by observing many marine biota while going to the beach. Later in life him and his family moved to Southeastern NE, where he attended Peru State College to earn his B.S. in Biology. Shortly after, he began working various local temporary positions for Nebraska Game and Parks, one of them being a woodland restoration project for Indian Cave State Park. This project is where his interests changed gears to the botanical world. In 2015 he joined the NPLT to continue working on the oak woodland restoration project at Indian Cave State Park and several others in Southeast NE. Chance enjoys being outdoors and educating himself on how to utilize the natural resources the land has to offer.
JAMIE BACHMANN received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies at Wayne State College in 2004. She then worked on grassland song bird, pheasant and invertebrate surveys for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in and around Stanton County, Nebraska until 2006. In 2008 Jamie began working as a Wildlife Education Assistant with the Nebraska Game and Parks and continued until she joined the Northern Prairies team in 2016. As a Wildlife Educator, Jamie facilitates Project WILD educator workshops and cultivates a love of outdoor Nebraska through interdisciplinary lessons and hands-on learning. She is grateful to have a position that allows her to see the awe and sense of wonder in so many young people when they connect to nature. Jamie lives on a small acreage near Norfolk with her husband and two sons. She is the caretaker of one dog, two cats, 14 hens, two beehives, 14 grass fed yearlings and the random feeder pig.
JENNIFER CORMAN is a Coordinating Wildlife Biologist in northeast Nebraska. Originally from Vermont, she earned a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University in 2008. Before attending graduate school, she gained work experience in bioacoustics, wildlife genetics, agroecology, and interactions between wind power and wildlife. She earned her M.S. in Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2013, assessing bird survey methods and studying how acid rain may affect songbirds in the Adirondack Mountains. Jen worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife on lesser prairie-chicken research prior to becoming a Forest Fuels Project Coordinator for Nebraska Forest Service. She joined NPLT in the spring of 2017 and works with private landowners to restore and conserve prairie and woodland wildlife habitats, mainly in the Verdigris and Bazile Creek watersheds.
KYLE SCHUMACHER began his role as a coordinating wildlife biologist in November 2018. He is originally from Wausa, Nebraska which makes him familiar with the land and people in the Verdigris and Bazile Creek watersheds where his work is focused in. He has a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife and a B.S. in Grassland Ecology & Management from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He received an M.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State University where he researched landscape scale monitoring and grassland breeding bird ecology. His favorite bird is the upland sandpiper. He enjoys camping and gardening with his wife, Emily, and son, Braxton. He also enjoys archery hunting and fishing for panfish.