Meet the Team
White Buffalo Inc.
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.
Founder / CEO
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.
Manager, Customer Care
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.
Manager, Trap Support
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.
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.
Manager, Events and Sales Support
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.