Meet the Team
Vickie DeNicola founded Field Engine Wildlife Research and Management in 2020 and launched Pig Brig Trapping Systems. She has participated in numerous wildlife-related field research and management projects, and brings a unique perspective to Field Engine, including many years of senior leadership roles focused on innovation and new technology at The Walt Disney Company, Hasbro, and ESPN. Her work with creative technology has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and received two Primetime Emmy nominations, with one win. Vickie received an M.S. 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.
Events and Sales
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 specializes in digital marketing and has had work featured on various popular websites including BuzzFeed. Brooke is philanthropic with her time, volunteering for organizations and groups such as the United Service Organization and Family Readiness Group. She is a self proclaimed world traveler after having lived 3 years overseas in Japan and spending some 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. Brooke currently resides in the state of Nevada with her husband, Caleb.
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!
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.
Tara received a B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology from Presbyterian College. Her work experience ranges from college admissions to human resources to legal transcription. She resides in Greenville, SC with her husband, Rob, and three children. Her interests include hiking, music, and reading. Tara is excited to be a part of the Pig Brig customer care team assisting our awesome customers.