Meet the Team
Vickie DeNicola founded Field Engine Wildlife Research in 2020 to launch Pig Brig Trap Systems. She brings a unique skill set to Field Engine - strong leadership skills in business and a passion for applied research in wildlife ecology. Vickie's field experience and leadership skills honed in corporate and start-up environments make Field Engine a perfect fit. Her career focused on innovation and new technology at organizations like The Walt Disney Company and Hasbro. The Wall Street Journal featured her team's work in creative technology, and she led them to receive two Primetime Emmy nominations, with one win. Vickie received an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She's currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Trento C3A/Fondazione Edmund Mach studying the movement ecology of white-tailed deer in suburban environments. Her research interests include the use of biologging data to answer questions about animal movement and resource usage, as well as the application of technology and techniques to address human-wildlife conflict.
Tony received an M.S. from Yale School of the Environment and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Wildlife Ecology. His dissertation was entitled "Control of reproduction in overabundant white-tailed deer populations." In addition to being recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by the Wildlife Society, Dr. DeNicola holds research affiliate positions with the University of Georgia and the Denver Zoological Society. He has worked on hundreds of field projects, produced 30+ publications in reputable scientific journals, and has presented at numerous professional conferences. He is the founder of White Buffalo Inc. , a nonprofit organization that is a leader in damage management and applied solutions to human-wildlife conflicts and developed the Pig Brig Trap.
Outreach, Education & Research
Aaron joined the Pig Brig team in fall of 2021. Prior to coming onboard with Pig Brig, Aaron worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for 20+ years assisting farmers, ranchers, wildlife, and land managers on a myriad of topics including wildlife pest management and mitigation, result demonstration and applied research project, management publications, and outreach education across the expanse of Texas. Aaron holds BS and MS degrees in Animal Science and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from Sam Houston State and Texas A&M, respectively. The lion’s share of research, management and mitigation has focused on feral pig areas of management/mitigation, diseases, biology and behavior, economics, damage, and human/feral pig dynamics. Aaron enjoys working with landowners and managers on individual settings to speaking at conferences to inform landowners and managers of new research and help determine a path to removing feral pigs from their areas of interest.
Operations & Logistics
Amanda received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of West Florida. Her experience includes MC252 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup response and water toxicology lab work. Amanda’s client care experience runs deep – from training to events to sales and HR. As a native of the Sunshine State, she is no stranger to invasive species, regularly volunteering for Florida Trail maintenance and living shoreline plantings. She’s also a true outdoorswoman and hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013 with her childhood friend (now husband), Kris. Amanda, Kris and their young daughter are based in Milton, Florida.
Brooke joins the Pig Brig Trap Systems team with a diverse background in management, concept design, and customer experience. She is a self proclaimed world traveler after having lived 3 years overseas in Japan and spending time in countries such as Australia, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines. She has visited 20+ national parks, is an avid hiker, and certified open water scuba diver. Brooke joined the Pig Brig team to continue growing her passion for helping people through conservation.
Clay received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Endicott College, where he studied conservation and urban ecology. He also studied Arctic climate change and arctic geopolitics in Iceland and Denmark. Clay has worked in green infrastructure and habitat restoration construction, and previously helped found, manage, and grow a sustainable technology startup. He's run many successful trapping operations and brings extensive field experience, passion for working outdoors and an aptitude for solving complex problems to Pig Brig Trap Systems.
Dane received a BS degree in Environmental Science from The Colorado College. Dane then went on to gain a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho in 2012 where he was focused on the ecological restoration of watersheds. In this capacity, he carried out ecological monitoring of riparian and rangelands ecosystems adjacent to an extensive spring creek restoration in central Idaho. Establishing baseline data sets, as well as quantifying the effects of cattle exclusion and the subsequent return of elk on the recruitment of riparian cottonwood tree stands. Dane enjoys the challenge of developing new techniques for solving challenging conservation problems, and has spent many a long day in the field working to remove feral pigs from the landscape.
Karen received a B.S. in Communication Arts with a concentration in Theatre from James Madison University, she then did a Master’s year abroad at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and eventually ended up with an MBA from Pepperdine University. Her Human Resource’s career runs the gamut from an Independent Music Label (Rhino Entertainment) to Advertising (Saatchi & Saatchi in both LA and NYC) to an Investment Firm and a Medical Billing Company. Karen has taken on the responsibility of ensuring Pig Brig’s Human Resources are happy, healthy and inspired to do great things. She is also supporting us in Benefits and HR administration, in addition to anything else we can throw at her! If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities at Pig Brig contact Karen at HR@pigbrig.com. Karen is a bit of a nomad having lived in over 30+ different places, but is currently enjoying the Mountain West in Boise, Idaho (BoyCee) with her husband Randy and their dog; Guilly and cat; Cloudy. Go Broncos!
Kathy joins Pig Brig with a wealth of bookkeeping/accounting and a boatload of sales tax experience. She moved to Georgia in 2005 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She worked for a retail company for most of her career and held many positions from bookkeeping to management and ending as a District Loss Prevention Manager. We love Retail Experience! She also has a background in Financial Administration and has worked for a CPA firm since 2013. She specializes in the use of QuickBooks® financial and payroll software, in both desktop and online versions. She has also mastered using multiple addon programs that integrate with QuickBooks software. Kathy lives in Winder, GA, with her daughter and has two sons who have graduated from college and are married. She has one granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and her friends, and is very active in her church. Kathy loves watching college and professional football and basketball (Can you say Super Bowl Pool and March Madness Brackets?) She also enjoys traveling and shopping!
Margaret received a B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology from Pfeiffer University; she also completed studies in integrated pest management. Her experience includes time at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (fisheries and education), teaching, outdoor experiential learning, secondary school administration, and a career sabbatical to raise her sons, Drake and Stone. In addition to responsibility for data and project management, Margaret runs Pig Brig customer support with the perfect combination of problem solving and technical know-how. If you ever have questions about your order or need help with a trap, she’s here to help. Margaret, her husband, Ben, and their boys are based in Blythewood, South Carolina.
Marshall studied at Valdosta State University where his focus was on Political Science and Administration. He has worked closely with various ecological and environmental agencies, such as the Alapaha Soil and Water Conservation District, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Marshall has spent many years trapping feral hogs and providing maintenance and control of countless other nuisance species across much of South Georgia. He is most in his element when outdoors and enjoys using technology when working in the field. He currently resides in Georgia with his family. Marshall is thrilled to be on Team Pig Brig and looks forward to providing excellent trap support.
Nathan Wreyford received a BS in Forest Science from Texas A&M University. After a few years of working in forest pathology, Nathan took his arborist skills abroad, climbing, and removing hazardous trees in Europe and Australia. Nathan has spent the last 15 years selling capital equipment into ag, semiconductor, and petrochemical applications. His experience in feral swine management comes from managing wildlife habitat at the family ranch over the last two decades using techniques including aerial gunning, thermal scopes, and smart traps. Nathan is a fluent, daily speaker of German. He is based out of Austin, Texas.
Randy was involved in sales and marketing in the analytical instrumentation industry for more than 30 years. For the last 15 years, Randy has been ranching and running a hunting operation in the Texas Hill country. One of his biggest problems has been controlling the pig population. Randy has been involved in controlling pig hunting, aerial hunting, box traps, and smart traps. About six years ago he started selling a camera-operated pig trap. Randy has a good understanding of most technologies used to control pigs.
Ryan is a certified wildlife biologist and he has worked on many wildlife projects, ranging from population estimates and surgical sterilizations to large-scale eradications. Ryan brings many years of intensive trapping experience to Pig Brig Traps. He received his Bachelor's degree in wildlife science from Purdue University in 1997.
Shannon enjoys working with people and helping them by providing a product that is economical, conservation-friendly, and does what it's supposed to do! She really likes working with the team at Pig Brig because we are encouraged to help one another and have a sense of humor about what we do. Her career in Education is very applicable to Pig Brig. She spent 15 years trapping/containing kids (some might call them pigs on spaghetti lunch day). Her customer service experience is well practiced after dealing with parents on managing their kid invasion, the best methods for containment, what kind of feed to use to attract them, and how best to dispose of the waste. She enjoys helping customers by providing information about the product, where to find that information, or who they need to speak with when there are questions she cannot answer. She can also assist in placing orders or answering specific questions about an order. She really enjoys listening to customers' trap success stories and encourages them to share them in our Facebook Owner's Group.
Sue loves talking to customers and finding innovative solutions to their problems and questions. When she is not working with Pig Brig customers, Sue is busy with permaculture and sustainable gardening practices on her property. Along with well over a hundred plant and tree species, she keeps chickens and bees. Sue and her husband dream of owning a plant nursery and market garden focused on native species. Sue is a Shawnee, Oklahoma native, and after spending the first part of her life landlocked, she decided to join the Navy. She spent 12 years as an aircraft mechanic, and she settled in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Sue brings a career of demanding work and experience in process and structure to our Customer Care Team.