John Taylor
Land Manager, FSEEC

Taylor received his BA (1992) and MS (1997) in Botany and Biology from Ball State University. He collected data (summers, 1993 - 1995) on the forests of Mammoth Cave National Park for his master's thesis research. He was employed with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IDNL) in 1997 as Vegetation Technician at Porter, Ind. And worked with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Nature Preserves (Northwest Section) from 1997-1998. He was employed from 1998 – 2001 as a native vegetation consultant and sales representative for a local native plant nursery. Since 2001, he has been employed at Ball State as land manager. His Personal interests include native plant community restoration, invasive species eradication, clean water and renewable energy systems.

Sharyl Grant
Field Coordinator of FSEEC and Manager of the Teaching & Research Greenhouse

Grant received her BS (1997) in Wildlife Biology from Ball State University. She was employed with IDNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs from 1996-2001 as an Interpretive Naturalist. Grant received her Secondary Education Licensure from Ball State in 2000 and State of Indiana Teaching Certificate (2000) in Biology and Earth Space Science. Since 2001, she has been employed at Ball State as field coordinator. Grant’s personal interests include historical uses of plants by Native Americans and Pioneers and restoration and management of wildlife habitat.

Cheryl LeBlanc
Curator/Ecologist, Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank

LeBlanc received her BS (1985) and MS (1988) in Plant Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse New York. Her thesis is titled "Vegetation Dynamics in a Central New York Shrub-Carr, 94 Years After Fire." She was employed with IDNR Division of Nature Preserves from 1987 - 1991 as a plant ecologist. Since 1993, LeBlanc has been employed at Ball State as curator of Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank and plant ecologist. Her personal interests include wetland communities and prescribed fire management.

Stanley H. Ross
Laboratory/Field Instrumentation Technician, NREM and FSEEC

Ross received his BS (1981) in Natural Resources from Ball State University. He was employed with Core Laboratories in Midland, Texas as a Hydrocarbon Well Logger (1981-1983). He was also employed at Amarillo Testing and Engineering in Amarillo, Texas, as laboratory technician/drilling supervisor (1983 - 1987). In 1987, he founded Ross Environmental Services, Inc., in Amarillo, Texas and served as environmental consultant in the remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. Ross was also employed with Lee and Ryan Environmental Consultants in Indianapolis, Indiana, as Project Manager and Drill Rig operator (2001 - 2005) as well as at Phillippe Water Company in Anderson, IN (2004 -2005) as service technician/sales. In January 2008, Ross joined Ball State as a laboratory/field instrumentation technician.