WCS North America

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Rebecca Bentzen
Arctic Beringia Avian Research Coordinator
Rebecca completed her Ph D in Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), working on King Eiders breeding in northern Alaska. After graduating, she continued research on northern breeding birds, investigating migratory pathways, habitat use, and population demographics resulting in multiple publications in leading journals. She is a life-long resident of the north having lived and worked in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and Scandinavia, and is interested in the critical conservation issues and research needs facing the Arctic, its people, habitats, and wildlife.
Renee Seidler
Pronghorn Field Leader
Renee is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from Arizona State University and her Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. She began working with WCS in 2003 and helped to launch the Wildlife and Energy Development project in the Upper Green River Basin in 2005. She has conducted behavioral and ecological research on coyotes, wolves, moose, pronghorn, small mammals, and birds in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Panama. She is composing manuscripts from her thesis work on coyote predation management and was awarded the Richard Denny Best Speaker Award by the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society for presentation of this work. Renee's area of expertise is in field design and research.
Rosana Soares
Research Assistant
Rosana is pictured here hand feeding two baby manatees. After completing a one-year internship with WCS Canada Rosana is now assisting with Justina Ray with a carnivore research project and work on Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). Rosana completed her MSc in Biology (macroecology and conservation) at the University of Ottawa. Her master's project bridged landscape ecology and macroecology to test the extent to which local landscape factors affect broad-scale distributional patterns of butterfly species. Her work emphasizes the importance of landscape-level adaptations to facilitate climate change-induced range shifts across heavily modified landscapes. Before her Masters, her passion for wildlife conservation led her to Brasil, where she gained hands-on conservation experience working with endangered aquatic mammals: the Amazonian manatee and the pink river dolphin. Her ongoing passion for wildlife conservation, along with her masters’ work has allowed her to develop strong technical skills with the use of spatial analysis tools (GIS and remote sensing) and statistical analysis software (R) to direct and improve prospects for conservation.
Ross Dorendorf
Wolverine Research Coordinator
Ross Dorendorf has aided federal, state, non-governmental organizations, and contractors in wildlife research and management since he completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He worked on a variety of research projects across the United States including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and insects. Working on studies looking into the dynamic between humans and wildlife particularly interested him. Ross’s passion for the far north and its furbearers lead him to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks where graduated with a master’s degree concentrated on improving indices of furbearer abundance. He now focuses on coordinating wolverine ecology research in Arctic Beringia with a focus on female denning locations and diet.
Sally Andersen
Arctic Beringia Program Assistant
Sally has worked in Alaska for the past 20 years for federal, State, private and non-profit organizations. She has a Master’s degree in botany and wide experience as a field biologist. Her Master’s program through the University of Vermont placed a strong emphasis on communication skills, which is apparent in her writing and web administration abilities. Sally is co-owner of Arctic Wild, a wilderness guide service offering remote expeditions throughout Alaska. She is well versed in arctic field logistics, financial management, and the permitting process for federal and State agencies.
Sarah Reed
Associate Conservationist with Livelihoods Program
Sarah Reed is Associate Conservation Scientist with the Livelihoods Program. She is currently a Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Colorado State University. Her research examines how human development patterns and land use practices affect wildlife and biodiversity. Sarah has worked extensively with government agencies and conservation organizations, addressing issues from local to national scales of resource management, in public as well as private lands contexts. She is especially motivated by research projects that have the potential to inform land use decisions and conservation policies as well as to expand our understanding of how species respond to human disturbances. Sarah’s current research investigates alternative strategies for residential site design to protect biodiversity on private lands. Sarah recently joined the Board of Directors for the Society of Conservation Biology – North America Section. She also lead several projects—Dr. Reed: 1) Co-leads an interdisciplinary working group on the social, economic, and ecological dimensions of conservation development (School of Global Environmental Sustainability); 2) Integrates social and biological information to map human-wildlife conflicts (National Wildlife Research Center), and 3) Maps how habitat connectivity and threats to connectivity in southern Colorado (Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Collaborative). Sarah earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from University of California, Berkeley. She is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Shannon Roberts
Financial/Operations Manager
As Financial/Operations Manager of the North America Program, Shannon is responsible for the creation, implementation and analysis of the North America Program's multi-million dollar budget. She also manages the operational details at the main headquarters of the North America Program as well as two other multi-staffed offices and multiple field sites. Shannon is the North America Program Human Resource liaison and is responsible for assisting with recruiting, hiring, evaluating and promoting NAP staff and all of the details associated with that duty. Shannon joined WCS in 2007 and brings many years of conservation finance experience with various other organizations. Shannon also has experience as Director of an active vacation company. Shannon is a fourth generation Montanan, and as sister, daughter and grand-daughter of US Forest Service engineers she grew up appreciating the importance of conservation management and the cohesive relationship between government agencies and the public. Shannon's education is in Political Science from Montana State University, as well as a plethora of additional finance, travel and business management courses.
Stephen Insley
Associate Conservation Scientist, Arctic Beringia Program
Dr. Stephen Insley is a member of the WCS Arctic Beringia program based in Whitehorse, Yukon, with a geographical focus on the western Canadian Arctic spanning west across the Arctic Beringia region including Alaska and Russia. His marine conservation program focuses on the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and northern communities. To date his research has had three general themes: (1) animal acoustic behaviour (e.g. vocal recognition); (2) the application of behavioural ecology principals and techniques to conservation biology (e.g., noise impacts, fisheries interactions); and (3) conservation through local stewardship (e.g. community-based ecological monitoring). His approach has involved experimental field biology, mostly with pinnipeds and seabirds, and working with remote subsistence communities. He has conducted his research in a wide variety of field locations including the Bering Sea, the North and South Pacific and the North Atlantic Oceans. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Victoria, B.C.
Trevor Haynes
Arctic Beringia Fisheries Ecologist
As an ecologist interested in the study of natural animal populations, Trevor Haynes has always been fascinated by the Arctic. Trevor began his research career in more temperate regions, earning his Master’s degree with the University of Victoria examining the habitat use of the Pacific sand lance, a key marine forage fish in the Pacific Northwest. For his doctorate degree with the University of Alaska, Trevor shifted his focus to Arctic species, investigating the distributions of Arctic fish and fundamental aspects of loon nesting ecology. During this research, Trevor became intensely interested in the ecological processes that influence the distributions, movements and behavior of Arctic animals. Through his current post-doctoral position with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Alaska, Trevor continues to pursue his passion for high latitude research in his study of Arctic lagoon ecology. Trevor plans to apply his background in fisheries biology and distribution modeling to improve the understanding of Arctic lagoon systems, including their importance for Arctic fish and subsistence fisheries.
William Halliday
Associate Conservation Scientist, Arctic Beringia Program
William is an Associate Conservation Scientist in WCS Canada’s Arctic Beringia Program. He is based out of the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria, and works closely with Dr. Steve Insley in WCS Canada’s Whitehorse office. William studies marine mammals and fish in the western Canadian Arctic using passive acoustic monitoring (i.e. underwater listening). He examines how climate change and ships influence these animals, and is particularly interested in noise pollution and the development of effective marine spatial planning. Previously, William was a post-doctoral fellow with WCS Canada, completed his PhD at the University of Ottawa, and his MSc and BSc at Lakehead University. Check out his website (wdhalliday.weebly.com) and follow him on Twitter (@wdhalliday) to learn more about the work he is doing.
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