Photo Credit: Jon Beckmann

Photo Credit: Jon Beckmann

Kris Inman, Conservation and Communities Program Coordinator, Rocky Mountain West Region

Kris has over 20 years of experience in wildlife research and applies that background to guide collaborative efforts that take science to conservation action. She has worked on a number of emotionally-charged issues (e.g. gray wolf recovery, spotted owl monitoring, impact of using hounds to hunt, and grizzly bear population expansion) and has demonstrated an ability to navigate diverse perspectives and interests to build a broader constituency for conservation. She helps create strong collaborative efforts with local stakeholders, decision makers, and agency partners that result in positive change in the interactions between people and wildlife. Kris received a BS in wildlife management at the University of Maine and an MS in wildlife ecology at Virginia Polytech and State University, where she focused in wildlife policy and human-wildlife dynamics.

 


 photo credit: shay callahan

photo credit: shay callahan

Quincey Johnson, Big Sky Watershed Corps Member 2018

Quincey joined our team on January 8th, 2018 as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member.  The Big Sky Watershed Corps is an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana’s watershed communities in local conservation efforts while strengthening the experience of young professionals. As a member of our team she will: 1. maintain and grow a communication plan to demonstrate the effectiveness of our projects; 2. plan and implement our sixth season of the Summer Speaker Series, Get to Know Your Wildlife Neighbors; 3. continue to expand our social media presence; and 4. engage the community in conservation efforts through inspiring the public about wildlife.

Quincey received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2016. She has worked as a research assistant at Penn State studying forest ecology as well as at Hobart and William Smith studying salamanders and lizards in New York and New Mexico. Quincey most recently worked as a naturalist for the Glacier Institute in Glacier National Park teaching environmental education to elementary and middle school students.


 Photo Credit: Kris Inman

Photo Credit: Kris Inman

Heidi Kretser, Deputy Director of Conservation and Communities, Americas Program

Dr. Kretser uses tools and perspectives from the social sciences to achieve greater conservation impact by understanding the human dimensions of natural resource policy and management issues. She is using this approach to understand and resolve complex conservation questions pertaining to human-wildlife interactions, the impacts of low-density rural development on wildlife, best practices for engaging local people in conservation projects across North America, and collaborative approaches to build capacity and achieve conservation outcomes across diverse constituents. Dr. Kretser serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources. She completed her Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University and holds a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry.

 


 Photo Credit: Nick Franz

Photo Credit: Nick Franz

Lucinda Morris, Big Sky Watershed Corps Member 2016-2017

Lucinda joined our team on January 4th, 2016 as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. The Big Sky Watershed Corps is an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana's watershed communities in local conservation efforts while strengthening the experience of young professionals. As a member of our team she: 1. helped build a communication strategy to demonstrate the effectiveness of our projects and the role of collaboration; 2. planned, implemented, and built a sustainability plan for our popular Summer Speaker Series, Get to Know Your Wildlife Neighbors; 3. expanded our social media presence; and 4. assisted in implementing our human-wildlife coexistence projects.

Lucinda received a bachelor's degree in Earth, Society, & Environmental Sustainability from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2012. She has worked as a research assistant in the U of I Atmospheric Science Department as well as the Illinois State Water Survey Atmospheric Section, and was a research specialist in the Groundwater Section of the State Water Survey. She is an accomplished musician and published author, with research papers about the Aral Sea and methods of conducting outreach to private well owners.


 Photo Credit: Kale Lothamer

Photo Credit: Kale Lothamer

Sara Moore, Big Sky Watershed Corps Member 2015

Sara joined our team on January 5th, 2015 as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. The Big Sky Watershed Corps is an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana's watershed communities in local conservation efforts while strengthening the experience of young professionals. As a member of our team she: 1. helped identify and build a strategy for communicating and assessing multiple partner monitoring objectives for our stream restoration projects; 2. planned, implemented, and built a sustainability plan for our third season of the popular Summer Speaker Series, Get to Know Your Wildlife Neighbors; and 3. increased our media presence and community outreach efforts.

Sara received a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University in May of 2013, where she was advised by Human Dimensions Professor Dr. Dan Decker. Her previous work experience includes serving as a field biologist for the Rocky Mountain National Park Service, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, and a landowner incentive program intern at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. She is also an Adirondack High Peaks 46er and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.