The Monday, Oct. 26, installment of the ever-popular Flameside Chat series will feature two seemingly disparate individuals who have ended up working, and sometimes living, together in the pursuit of large mammal research. Friends and colleagues John Hast ’06 and Joe Guthrie ’02 have many stories to tell about their adventures in the field (including Joe spending a year sleeping on John’s couch while doing stints of bear research in Florida).
Flameside Chat is an interactive, online learning experience that gives viewers the opportunity to have a real-time classroom experience by traveling no farther than their computer. Participants can pose questions and have them answered by the guest experts during the broadcast. View the recorded version here starting at 7 p.m.
Five days before graduating from Centre College with a degree in biology, Hast accepted a summer position as a technician with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The job combined his love of science with wild animals and the outdoors. He didn’t know then that he was about to spend the next two years chasing elk, and then bears, through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Later, he got a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky (UK) studying black bear population genetics.
In 2015, he took a position with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife as an elk and deer biologist while working on a doctoral degree at UK. His duties include managing deer and elk research in Kentucky as well as serving as the head biologist in charge of sending elk to Wisconsin to help restore and bolster elk numbers there.
Guthrie, a conservation biologist, received a B.A. in English from Centre and a master’s in forestry from UK. During his graduate research, he headed the University of Kentucky’s research project to track the movements of black bears in South Central Florida and Archbold Biological Station. The findings from his research eventually formed the basis for the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, which he helped lead with two fellow Florida conservation biologists. Their work has been featured in “Audubon” magazine, on National Geographic Television and on CNN. In 2016, it will be the subject of an hour-long documentary, “The Forgotten Coast,” to air nationally on the Public Broadcasting Service.
As expedition leader for two 1100-mile treks on foot, kayak and bicycle from the Everglades to Okefenokee (2012), and from Kissimmee to Alabama (2015), Guthrie and his colleagues worked to raise awareness for conservation efforts throughout Florida, emphasizing the crucial role of private land conservation in maintaining ecological connectivity and wildlife corridor networks. He has worked as a consultant to the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and he is currently with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville, Va., and New York. His work at NBW includes research and design for a major conservation agriculture project in Tasmania, leading research and biological monitoring efforts for a 1500-acre urban park in Houston, Texas, and designing a conservation education center for the Boy Scouts of America and their National Jamboree site in Beckley, W.Va.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Flameside Chat viewers are given the opportunity to submit questions in advance or live during the broadcast. Episodes are live-streamed through the Hangouts app, which automatically pushes the broadcast to YouTube. Viewers can watch via a link on Google+ or YouTube and submit comments for hosts to answer during their talks. They can also tweet @CentreAlumni with the hashtag #flameside, and the moderator can incorporate those comments and questions.
Previous episodes of Flameside Chat can be viewed on the Centre Alumni YouTube Channel or by following the links below.
An email will be distributed to alumni as scheduled Flameside Chats events approach, and information and links will be posted on the Centre College Alumni Facebook page and via @CentreAlumni on Twitter. For those unable to participate in the live chat, a recorded version of the broadcast is available on YouTube and also posted on Centre’s website.
View the entire series of Flameside Chat episodes here:
Flameside Chat #1: New “Flameside Chats” premier with Beau Weston
Flameside Chat #2: Second Flameside Chat recaps general election results
Flameside Chat #3: Third Flameside Chat allows viewers to discuss leadership with President John Roush
Flameside Chat #4: Flameside Chat offers a personal view into life at Centre during the Civil Rights Movement
Flameside Chat #5: Dr. Bruce K. Johnson discusses and takes questions on the intersection of economics and college athletics, and the madness of the NCAA
Flameside Chat #6: The Bourbon Industry Distilled featuring bourbon experts Matthew Cummings ’05, Adam Johnson’ 97, and Dr. Leonard Demoranville
Flameside Chat #7: C.S.I. Centre featuring Dr. Tracey Corey ’83, chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jasmin Kaeser ’11, a criminalist for the City of San Diego Police Department Crime Lab, and Erin Baumgartner ’11, fourth-year medical student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
by Cindy Long
October 22, 2015