Camps Staff

David Levering – Camps Director, Instructor

David joined the Museum staff in 2013. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelors degree in geology in 2007. He also worked as a teaching assistant in the Zoology department at Oklahoma State University from 2010 to 2013, where he graduated with a Master’s of Science. Before coming to the Sternberg, David spent seven summers working in the youth science camp industry. He also worked three summers with the National Park Service at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in southern Idaho. There, he carried out paleontology field and lab work and worked with kids showing them geology and paleontology. He is a published researcher, collaborating with professional academics on work focusing on mammal paleobiology and mechanics. David manages the entire camps program, and oversees program logistics and curriculum design.

Paleobiologist, professional science educator

Paleobiologist, professional science educator

Keri Maricle –  Instructor

Keri Maricle is originally from North Texas, and has lived in Hays for the past seven years building an educational background in biology with an emphasis in botany. She graduated with her B.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in 2015, and her M.S. in Biology from FHSU in 2017. Maricle taught undergraduate laboratories in biology and botany at FHSU while she was a graduate student from 2015-2017. Currently, Maricle is the biology instructor at Thomas More-Prep Marian where she teaches courses in general biology, advanced biology, as well as human anatomy and physiology. She also works individually with her high school students on research projects to present at science fairs and conferences. In her spare time, Maricle enjoys spending time with her family including planning botanical adventures with her husband (a fellow botanist).

Botanist, professional science educator

Botanist, professional science educator

Curtis Schmidt – Museum Curator of Zoology, Instructor

Curtis became the museum’s first official Zoological Collections Manager in 2011. A Hays native and FHSU grad, Curtis received his B.S. in biological sciences in 1999 and his M.S. in 2004. Curtis is no stranger to the museum, as he began as a curatorial assistant in Herpetology in 1998, eventually becoming associate curator of Herpetology and Mammalogy before being appointed Zoological Collections Manager. Because of his involvement in many research projects, Curtis’ contributions to the Herpetology and Mammalogy collections are numerous. As Zoological Collections Manager, his primary responsibilities are the Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy and Ornithology Collections. Curtis also plays an active part in educational programming and exhibits.

Wildlife biologist, zoology research collections manager

Wildlife biologist, zoology research collections manager

Brent Schulze –  Instructor

Brent Schulze is an experienced field biologist and educator with a BS in biological sciences and an emphasis in zoology. Brent has diverse experience working in wildlife biology, and has formal training in venomous reptiles, birds, insects, mammals, as well as plants, and has an excellent track record of safely conducting wildlife fieldwork in remote and semi-remote locations. He has worked on seven different grant funded research projects since 2011, including endangered species conservation research for the Denver Zoo, Department of Wildlife and Parks multi-species surveys, private consulting for gas and oil companies, and the Bureau of Land Management on endangered species conservation.This will be Brent’s third year as a camps instructor.

Wildlife biologist, wildlife management consultant

Wildlife biologist, wildlife management consultant

Kellum Tate – Instructor

After working as an ICU nurse for 4 and a half years, Kellum left the medical field to pursue her dream of becoming a vertebrate paleontologist. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in summer of 2017 and began her Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon that fall. Kellum studies marine mammals and the transition from terrestrial to aquatic environments, and is extremely passionate about sharing the wonder of the earth sciences with the public. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, rock hounding, fantasy fiction, and pestering her cat.

Paleobiologist, doctoral researcher (University of Oregon)

Paleobiologist, doctoral researcher (University of Oregon)

Marjie Cone – Teaching Assistant

Marjie is an undergraduate student at University of Illinois, majoring in Geology with emphasis on paleontology. Marjie has had a lifelong love of fossils and minerals, leading her to pursue geoscience as a career path. (She is also the 2017 Headwaters science communication intern.) In her own words: “I began my affiliation with the Sternberg Museum in 2015 when I was looking for some way to gain experience in the field, and found the Sternberg’s summer science camps. I participated in the paleontology field camp as a sophomore in high school and I loved it so much that I have been returning for the past two summers as a camp counselor/ teaching assistant. These camps are more than just a fun experience, but a unique educational opportunity that has enabled me to expand my horizons and give back to the scientific community.”

Geosciences student, camps alumnus

Geosciences student, camps alumnus

Margaret Wolf – Teaching Assistant

Margaret Wolf is an undergraduate student at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. She is a Biology and Spanish double major and hopes to continue her education and eventually conduct research. Margaret has had extensive experience in the outdoors through Girl Scouts and Venturing Crew. She participated as a student in Sternberg Paleontology Camp (2015), Southwest Biology Camp (2016), and Expedition Ecuador (2017), and Sternberg Paleontology Camp in 2017 as staff-in-training. Margaret was also selected for the 2017 Headwaters data curation internship. She has had a lifelong interest in biology and the outdoors and is excited for all the adventures this year’s camps have in store.

Biology student, camps alumnus

Biology student, camps alumnus

Jacob Alexander – Teaching Assistant

Jacob Alexander is a conservation biology undergraduate student at Fort Hays State University. Alexander has been involved with the Sternberg Museum for 10 years both as a volunteer and a work study student. As an FHSU undergraduate, he is working with faculty on a long term ecology research project. Alexander has been a part of the camps program since 2015. He attended the Southwest Biology Camp from 2015 to 2017. Jacob is an avid hiker, climber, fisherman, rock climber, and general outdoorsman, and is eager to lead amazing outdoor adventures with future students.

Biology student, camps alumnus

Biology student, camps alumnus