Gericke Cook is a returning PhD student working with Melinda Laituri and Paul Evangelista to finish her doctorate in ecology. Her prior research focused on African savanna ecology dynamics and historical changes to the Seronera woodlands in Serengeti National Park. Gericke left GDPE in 2006 to pursue federal employment in the fields of GIS and natural resources management. Her educational training from CSU has served her well and she is currently a geographer with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She combines GIS science, statistics, and quantitative ecology to produce risk models for addressing plant health and disease issues.