DNR farmland wildlife research staff in Madelia, Minn.

Marrett Grund has been the group leader for the farmland wildlife populations and research group since 2010. He is a native of New Ulm and worked at the office as an intern while attending Mankato State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in ecology.

Marrett received his master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences at the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. while working at the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory at Southern Illinois University. He supervised the deer research and management program for the Pennsylvania Game Commission before becoming the farmland deer project leader at the office in 2004.

Marrett’s research interests encompass population ecology and ungulate ecology and management. Most of his research is applied and addresses specific management needs or public policy questions for state wildlife agencies. He is a lifelong hunter and enjoys fishing and tubing on his boat. He plays team sports and is a diehard Vikings and Timberwolves fan.

Gino D’Angelo is the deer project leader with the farmland populations and research group. His research interests include population ecology and management, the study of deer anatomy and senses, and mitigation of wildlife damage. Before coming to the DNR, he worked as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency where he focused on reducing damage caused by overabundant white-tailed deer.

Gino earned his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science at Penn State. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. at University of Georgia where he studied deer movements relative to hunting pressure and he evaluated techniques to reduce deer-vehicle collisions. He also worked as a wildlife technician for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, and at the Penn State Captive Deer Research Center. Gino grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains and valleys of northeastern Pennsylvania.

He is an avid hunter and angler, and his favorite activities include bow hunting, turkey hunting, hunting rabbits with beagles, and fishing with his family.

Nicole Davros began her position as the upland game project leader for the farmland wildlife populations and research group in 2012. She grew up in a south suburb of Chicago, but has spent most of her adult life living and conducting wildlife research in other places, including southwestern Minnesota, east-central and southern Illinois, New Hampshire, and the Republic of Panama.

Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in animal ecology from Iowa State University. She is finishing her Ph.D. this fall through the University of Illinois. She spent 14 years working on various avian ecology and conservation projects before starting with DNR, where her research now focuses on ring-necked pheasant and other grassland bird habitat and management issues. In her free time, she enjoys spending time hiking and exploring new parts of Minnesota with her husband and dog.

Despite her newfound happiness in being a resident of Minnesota, she remains a Chicago Bears and White Sox fan.

Rachel Curtis joined the farmland wildlife research group as a research biologist in April. She is originally from Utah where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Utah University, and her master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. She has worked throughout the western U.S. with Greater sage-grouse, a variety of hawk and owl species, and prairie dogs.

Her research interests are primarily in upland and small game, and she’s excited for the opportunity to work with pheasants in Minnesota. She is determined to explore all of the state parks, and is happy to finally live in a state with both a hockey and a baseball team.

Brian S. Haroldson is a wildlife research biologist with the farmland wildlife populations and research group. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include deer population dynamics and population estimation techniques.

Tonya Klinkner is an office administrative assistant and manages many day-to-day aspects at the office.  She has a degree in accounting which serves her well in this position, because she spends a substantial amount of time managing the office budget accounts. When not at the office she enjoys camping and fishing. She lives near Madelia with her family and is active in the local community.