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Solomon Promoted to Habitat Coordinator; Two New Staff Members at ANHC

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Patrick Solomon, formerly one of the ANHC’s land management specialists, has been promoted into the newly created ANHC habitat coordinator position. As habitat coordinator, Solomon will use project management principles to oversee and coordinate agency contracted projects, primarily focusing on habitat restoration work. This includes ecological thinning, invasive species removal, and prescribed fire management for the ANHC’s statewide System of Natural Areas.

Solomon has been with the ANHC since 2010. He has a bachelor of arts from Rhodes College and is currently completing a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His thesis utilizes history, anthropology, and geography to explore native canebrake habitat in 19th century Arkansas.

Ryan Leeson has joined the ANHC in the land management specialist position vacated by Solomon. Leeson has a bachelor of science in natural resource ecology and management from Louisiana State University and a master of science in forestry from Southern Illinois University.

Leeson has worked in several conservation positions in Louisiana and Illinois. Most recently, she helped conduct avian studies in Illinois agricultural fields and shrublands with the University of Illinois.

Emily Barfield has joined the ANHC as office manager, a position recently vacated by Jessica Ginsberg. Barfield has a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech). She most recently worked as an administrative coordinator in the College of Applied Natural Sciences at LA Tech.

Barfield will serve as the main agency contact for the ANHC Commission; will schedule, organize, and perform duties associated with our quarterly Commission meetings; and assist the director and entire staff with office projects.

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