Our Experts

There are a lot of different ways you can renovate and design a home, and sometimes the advice can be conflicting. To ensure you get the most reliable tips, here are some of the experts we work with.

Charles van Rees

Charles van Rees, Ph.D.

Conservation scientist

Charles van Rees, Ph.D. is a conservation scientist and naturalist. With a long career in the field of ecology, van Rees comes equipped with a variety of expertise. After graduating with honors from Connecticut College with bachelor's degrees in ecology and environmental science, he spent time on multiple avian-focused ecology projects. In 2018, he earned a Ph.D. in biology with a concentration in ecology, evolution, and behavior from the University of Georgia. Since 2021, van Rees has been sharing his thoughts on nature via his website, Gulo in Nature.

Static Media has consulted with Charles van Rees for his expert opinions on matters relating to nature and the outdoors.

Jon Wiest

Jon Wiest

Owner, Ripped Jeans Construction

Jon Wiest is the owner of Ripped Jeans Construction, a home remodeling business based in Aurora, Illinois. As a member of the National Tile Contractors Association, Wiest's operation focuses on custom bathrooms, tile installation and repair, and remodeling homes for people with disabilities.

Static Media has consulted with Jon Wiest on matters relating to home renovation.

Emma Grace Crumbley

Emma Grace Crumbley


Emma Grace Crumbley is the resident entomologist for Mosquito Squad, a mosquito and tick control company. Prior to her August 2022 appointment, she earned two bachelor's degrees (one in applied biotechnology and another in entomology) at the University of Georgia. Crumbley's other notable career experiences include time as a butterfly/horticulture assistant at the Day Butterfly Center and head zookeeper at the University of Georgia Insect Zoo.

Static Media has consulted with Emma Grace Crumbley for her expert opinions on matters related to entomology.