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Feathers and Filters: Doves/Ala. Aquatic Biodiversity Center

Air Date: August 16, 2011

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Host and Guest Bios

Marisa Lee is the hunter safety coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, as well as co-coordinator of their National Archery in the Schools Program. An Ohio native, she attended Auburn University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in education. Marisa is a certified wildlife biologist and firearms instructor. She is an avid hunter as well as a competitive sporting clays shooter, having won four state championships.

Jeff Makemson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist who has worked with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for more than 18 years. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science. He currently manages the 45,000-acre Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area with the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service. Other duties include serving as leader for the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ mourning dove banding project and providing technical wildlife management assistance to private landowners in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding counties. He has been Alabama’s representative on the Eastern Mourning Dove Technical Committee since 2001.

Kevin Dodd is Assistant Chief of the Law Enforcement Section of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology. He has been employed with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division for 26 years having spent the majority of that time working in Baldwin County. He enjoys hunting and fishing or any other activity that takes him outdoors. He is married with two children and currently resides on a small farm in Autauga County.
Paul Johnson is Program Supervisor of the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC), an imperiled species recovery and research facility operated by the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries just outside Marion, Ala. A native of Kentucky, he obtained his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Biology and Aquatic Biology from the University of Louisville. He earned a doctorate in Zoology with a minor emphasis in fisheries from Louisiana State University and completed post-doctoral work at the Center for Comparative Molluscan Physiology at the University of Texas, Arlington. Prior to beginning the development of the AABC, Dr. Johnson worked for the Tennessee Aquarium Research Institute for almost eight years. He has 20 years of experience working with imperiled freshwater mollusks and their habitats and has authored numerous scientific and technical articles.

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