Morgan Valliant, Conservation Lands Manager, Missoula Parks and Open Space Department

I have lived in Western Montana and North Idaho for over 20 years. During this time, I earned an B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Montana and an M.S. degree in Botany, with an emphasis in Plant Community Ecology, from Washington State University. In Western Montana, I’ve worked a variety of jobs including [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Ann Schwend, Water Planner at Montana Department of Natural Resources, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Ann’s circuitous career path includes plant research, landscape restoration, land use and natural resource planning. She also spent many years as a CD supervisor and watershed coordinator in the beautiful Ruby Valley. Since 2008 she has worked as a water resource planner for MT DNRC in the Upper Missouri and Clark Fork Basins. She is [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Chris Colligan, Wildlife Program Coordinator, Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Chris Colligan is GYC’s Wildlife Program Coordinator, based out of Jackson. Currently, efforts around grizzly bear connectivity issues, conflict reduction and protecting core habitat are the focus of Chris’ position. Chris enjoys finding on-the-ground solutions for that prevent wildlife from being killed on our roadways and solving conflicts that increase social tolerance for species like [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Chad Phillips, Routt County Planning Director, Steamboat Springs, CO

Chad Phillips A.I.C.P., has 35 years of experience in various fields of land use, including US Army cartographer/terrain analyst, mining reclamation specialist, and, most recently, public sector planner.  In 1998, he was hired as a senior planner for Routt County, Colorado and, since 2007, proudly serves as the director of planning. Chad considers the Routt County Planning [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Skye Schell, Executive Director, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

Skye Schell is a Jackson resident with a decade of experience in conservation. Before serving as Executive Director, Skye led the Alliance’s Civic Engagement program and Conservation Leadership Institute for three years, building a powerful base of community and political support for conservation. Skye’s love for wildlife and wild places began as a child learning [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Dr. Steven W. Running, Emeritus Regents Professor, Running Emeritus Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group Dept. of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana

Steven W. Running received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University, and has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Global Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Dr. Sarah Reed, Director of Applied Conservation Sciences for the Americas Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Sarah Reed is the Director of Applied Conservation Science for the Americas Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. In this role, she supports WCS field staff to connect science to conservation action, ensuring that our conservation strategies have a robust scientific foundation and that our research is translated effectively to measurable conservation outcomes. Sarah [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Laura Ziemer, Senior Counsel and Water Policy Advisor, Trout Unlimited

Laura Ziemer has worked on collaborative, water-saving projects with agricultural producers, watershed groups, and federal and state agencies for almost two decades. Laura started Trout Unlimited’s (TU’s) water program by establishing TU’s Montana Water Project office in 1998. She has helped grow TU’s water work to nine western states to restore and maintain streamflows for [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Renee Callahan, Senior Policy Officer, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

With a background in environmental science, management, and law, Renee lends her legal expertise in administrative processes, legislative language and judicial rulings to CLLC’s policy work, with the goal of promoting public policies that facilitate ecological connectivity and large landscape conservation. While at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Dr. Andy Hansen, Ecology Professor, Montana State University

Andrew Hansen is Professor in the Ecology Department and Director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University. He teaches macroecology to undergraduates and landscape ecology to graduate students. His research focuses on interactions among biodiversity, climate change, and land use, with an emphasis on landscape management and protected areas. He received a Ph.D. [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments