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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Staff

RMBO Staff Photo Oct 2013

September 2014, Old Stone House amphitheater at Barr Lake, Brighton, Colo.

Most of RMBO’s permanent staff members are based in Colorado and western Nebraska, though they can be found from North Dakota to northern Mexico working to conserve birds and their habitats. Staff members are associated with our Science, Education, Stewardship, International or Administration teams, as indicated following their position titles.

**Unless indicated otherwise, contact staff members by e-mail using the format:

Tammy VerCauteren, Executive Director, Administration

A Michigan native, Tammy earned a bachelor’s in wildlife management in 1995 from Michigan State University and a master’s in 1998 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied Sandhill Cranes. She began working for RMBO in 1999 as a specialist in GIS and landowner outreach for the Prairie Partners program. She has been RMBO’s prairie partners coordinator and outreach director and has served as executive director since 2008. She enjoys working with partners and encouraging proactive voluntary efforts for species conservation, and she believes it is relationships with people that will make a positive difference for conservation now and in the future. (970) 482-1707 x16; tammy.vercauteren[at]

Nannette Archuleta, Administration

Raised in the north metro Denver area, Nannette earned a bachelor's in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013. A very competitive person, Nannette loves meeting new people and trying new things. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and her two American bull dogs. Nannette joined the finance team in the spring of 2015 and works out of the Old Stone House in Brighton. (303) 659-4348 x13; nannette.archuleta[at]

Jason Beason, Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator, Science

Jason received a bachelor's from The Ohio State University where he majored in natural resources. After college, he moved out west and began birding. He has worked on a wide variety of projects involving birds in 13 western states. He has conducted bird surveys in locations as remote as the Frank Church Wilderness Area in Idaho and as urban as "the strip" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jason, his wife, Kerry, their son Otus and daughter Twyla manage Rain Crow Farm near Paonia, Colo. (970) 310-5117; jason.beason[at]

Gillian Bee, Director, Stewardship

A native New Englander, Gillian received her bachelor's in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and her master's in wildlife biology from Clemson University. She has spent many seasons working on avian-related projects throughout the U.S., with the high-desert flora, fauna and local culture being her favorite. Prior to joining RMBO in December of 2014, Gillian worked as a private lands biologist in western South Dakota and southeast Montana to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse. She is passionate about building relationships that encourage proactive conservation for wildlife and the rural culture of the American west. Gillian works out of RMBO's Fort Collins office. (970) 482-1707 x12; gillian.bee[at]

Jenny Berven, Northern Goshawk Project Coordinator, Science

Jenny earned a bachelor’s in wildlife biology in 2003 and a master’s in biomedical sciences in 2007, both from Colorado State University. Since moving to Colorado she has worked and volunteered for a variety of agencies researching multiple avian species including raptors, waterfowl and upland game birds. Most of her research experiences have concentrated on how diseases like West Nile virus and avian influenza affect individual birds and avian populations. As a hobby, Jenny has volunteered for the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program for several years and values the opportunity to interact with birds of prey requiring rehabilitation. Jenny joined RMBO in 2009. (970) 482-1707 x26; jenny.berven[at]

Jeff Birek, Outreach Biologist, Science

Jeff has worked with raptors, songbirds and game birds in seven states and Mexico. At RMBO Jeff is working on science projects, including HawkWatch and Monitoring the Birds of the Badlands and Prairies Bird Conservation Region (BCR 17). He is also involved in outreach and education efforts. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology and management from University of California, Davis (2003). (970) 482-1707 x25; jeff.birek[at]

Jennifer Blakesley, Biometrician, Science

Jennifer received her bachelor’s in biology from Utah State University, her master’s in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho, and her doctorate in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. She studied the demography, habitat relationships, and breeding dispersal of Northern and California Spotted Owls for 18 years. Prior to owl research, she studied habitat relationships of songbirds in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Jennifer joined RMBO in July 2006. (970) 482-1707 x18; jennifer.blakesley[at]

Pedro Calderón-Dominguez, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Chihuahua City, Mexico), International

Pedro holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and a master’s degree in natural resources management from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. For 12 years, he has worked as a range and wildlife science, management and conservation specialist. He has extensive experience developing projects with multiple partners that address wildlife species of conservation concern in the Chihuahuan Desert and Sierra Madre Occidental. Currently, he is interested in wildlife habitat restoration through the promotion and implementation of adaptive management and sound rangeland management techniques. Pedro joined RMBO as a private lands wildlife biologist in March of 2013 and is based out of a field office in Chihuahua City, Mexico.

Nancy Drilling, Dakotas Projects Coordinator, Science

A native Iowan, Nancy received her master’s at Illinois State University and is finishing her doctorate in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota. She has worked on many avian projects in all corners of the U.S., including research on forest passerines, shorebirds, waterfowl and colonial water birds. She also has experience in Southeast Asia, including three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and several years working and conducting avian research in Indonesia and Malaysia. Nancy coordinates RMBO projects in South Dakota, including the second S.D. Breeding Bird Atlas. (605) 791-0459; nancy.drilling[at]

Angela Dwyer (Mangiameli), Wildlife Biologist, Nebraska Prairie Partners, Science and Stewardship

Originally from Texas, Angela moved to Colorado in 2010 and worked part-time for Audubon Rockies on habitat restoration and at Colorado State University on several GIS vegetation mapping projects. She studied wading bird ecology and received a master’s degree in Wildlife Management at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2006 and has been working with birds ever since. Angela was the conservation biologist for Audubon North Carolina from 2007 to 2010, chasing shorebirds on the beach. She is eagerly adapting to the West and loves exploring Colorado through birding, hiking and skiing. She is based in Fort Collins. (970) 482-1707 x17; angela.dwyer[at]

Tyler Edmondson, Community Education Coordinator, Education

Born and raised in Hershey, Penn., Tyler grew up exploring local rivers of chocolate and eastern deciduous forests near his home. After receiving a bachelor's in environmental studies from Eastern University in 2003, the call west was too loud for him to ignore, so he promptly moved to Custer State Park in South Dakota, where he began his adventures as an outdoor educator. This pursuit has taken Tyler from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the redwoods of Northern California and a number of places in between. When not working outside, he can be found playing outside in the forms of volleyball, backpacking, fly-fishing, cycling, and yodeling when he reaches the peaks of tall mountains. (303) 659-4348 x15; tyler.edmondson[at]

Brandon Elkins, Range Conservationist (Gillette, WY), Stewardship

Brandon grew up on a family farm and ranch in western North Dakota. His experiences there led him to pursue a bachelor's in natural resources management from Dickinson State University. Post-graduation, Brandon worked for a year at the Dickinson Research Extension Center before beginning his graduate degree at North Dakota State University. Brandon's research stemmed from his work at the center studying restoration of introduced cool-season dominated pastures to a diverse native plant community. Brandon is working out of the NRCS office in Gillette, Wyo., where he assists landowners in restoring Sage-grouse habitat following the termination of coal bed methane well activity. (307) 682-8843 x112; brandon.elkins[at]

Nancy Gobris, Biologist/Banding Coordinator, Education

Nancy received a bachelor's in biology and environmental science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in wildlife and forest resources from the University of Georgia, where she studied Bachman’s Sparrow. She worked as a field biologist on a variety of forest bird research projects for the University of Georgia, the U.S. Forest Service and Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida through 2000. She then fled the extreme heat of the Southeast for the cool mountains of Colorado, joining RMBO in 2001. She worked in monitoring and special projects, running transects, conducting research on cavity-nesting birds and operating banding stations. Nancy began banding birds on the Georgia coast in 1992 and has been banding for RMBO since 2002. She coordinates RMBO’s banding operations and manages the banding data. (478) 361-0954; nancy.gobris[at]

Nancy Hernández Rodríguez, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Chihuahua City, Mexico), International

Nancy received bachelor's and master's degrees in wildlife management from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. She has worked on a wide variety of projects involving grassland fauna and range management, including research on Burrowing Owl population ecology in Mexico. She has spent the last 10 years in the grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico, as well as South Dakota, Colorado and Oklahoma. Her experience has shown her the importance of conservation through proper grassland management. Nancy joined RMBO as a private lands wildlife biologist in the spring of 2014 to help conserve the gorgeous Chihuahuan grasslands. She is based out of a field office in Chihuahua City, Mexico.

Becky Jones, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Steamboat Springs, CO), Stewardship

Becky received her bachelor's in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. After graduating, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Routt National Forest for 12 years doing habitat work for a variety of species, from elk to boreal toads. At the same time, she has been working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for 10 years assisting with Greater Sage-Grouse monitoring. Becky has partnered with various nonprofits in northwest Colorado to promote environmental education and joined RMBO in January of 2015 as a private lands wildlife biologist. Becky provides technical resources for private landowners and land managers to incorporate wildlife management into their conservation efforts utilizing Farm Bill and other programs. She works out of the Steamboat Springs NRCS field office. (970) 879-3225 x109; becky.jones[at]

Katy Kuhnel, Shortgrass Prairie Coordinating Wildlife Biologist (Chadron, NE), Stewardship

Katy grew up in the small mountain town of Granby, Colo. She earned a bachelor's degree in fish, wildlife and conservation biology from Colorado State University. Katy moved to western Nebraska in 2012, where she is completing a master’s degree in organizational management in natural resources at Chadron State College. Katy has field experience with the USDA Forest Service in Chadron and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Valentine, Neb. She loves sharing her passion for conservation and wildlife with others and is working out of the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District office in Chadron, Neb. (308) 432-6122; katy.kuhnel[at]

Wendy Lanier, Spotted Owl Project Leader, Science

Wendy received her bachelor's degree in ecology, evolution and organismal biology from Vanderbilt University. She became passionate about research with conservation applications while conducting avian field work in California and Colorado. This passion led her to Colorado State University, where she received her master's degree in wildlife biology in 2015. Briefly leaving the avian world, her thesis focused on the effects of introduced greenback cutthroat trout on boreal toad recruitment. Wendy is currently applying her knowledge of population biology, ecological modeling and conservation biology to monitor the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl in Arizona and New Mexico. wendy.lanier[at]

Greg Levandoski, Director of Operations, International

After receiving a bachelor’s in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1996, Greg promptly fell in love with avian field research. He has worked on a variety of research projects ranging from monitoring nesting alcids in the Bering Sea to counting migrating raptors along western ridgelines and chasing warblers through Caribbean thorn forests. However, most of his work has been in monitoring populations of passerines in the western U.S. The search for a broad base of experience to understand avian conservation needs led him to work in 15 U.S. states (10 western), three Mexican states, and Jamaica. Greg is working on a broad-scale project throughout northern Mexico that aims to better understand the distribution and abundance of wintering birds in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. (970) 482-1707 x15

Alexandra Mayes, Nebraska Education Coordinator, Education

Alexandra grew up in Missouri exploring the woods, creeks and fields that surround her hometown. After receiving a bachelor’s in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Central Missouri in 2011, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to complete an environmental education internship and discovered the awesomeness that is birding. Since then, she has worked a variety of education and bird research jobs across the country. Alexandra joined RMBO in the summer of 2014 to conduct education programs in the Nebraska panhandle. (308) 783-1019; alexandra.mayes[at]

Matthew McLaren, Biologist, Science

Matthew joined RMBO in 2010 and works on the bird monitoring program. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in biology and environmental science, Matthew spent five years conducting field work throughout Alaska. Since then he has worked on several projects in Colorado and Wyoming, including studying Mountain Plover nest success and habitat use in Wyoming and assisting with RMBO’s Mountain Plover nest-marking program in eastern Colorado. He is based in the Fort Collins office. (970) 482-1707 x22; matthew.mclaren[at]

Kacie Miller, Deputy Director, Administration

Kacie is a devoted Hokies fan, having received a bachelor’s in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Tech in 1999. She earned a master’s in forestry and natural resources from Purdue University where she studied the bird and amphibian response to a wetland restoration project. She worked for Indiana's Department of Natural Resources for the nongame and endangered species program and then as the statewide aquatic education coordinator. She was an educator for Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, Indianapolis Parks Department and Martin University prior to becoming RMBO's Education and Outreach Director in January 2009. Kacie believes education plays a vital role in conservation as a natural resource management tool. (303) 659-4348 x16; kacie.miller[at]

Abigail Mohney, Staff Accountant, Administration

(303) 659-4348 x17; payroll[at]

Marty Moses, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Durango, CO), Stewardship

Marty completed his master’s in wildlife ecology at New Mexico State University where he studied the ecology of Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rats in Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands. Marty also holds wildlife degrees from the University of Idaho and Hocking College in Ohio. He has worked on all kinds of critters from black bears to bats to butterflies all around the country and was a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for two years in Longmont, Colo. (970) 259-3289 x113; martin.moses[at]

Arvind Panjabi, Director, International

Before coming to RMBO in 2000, Arvind worked on bird conservation projects from Alaska to Panama. He managed RMBO’s Black Hills bird monitoring project through 2005 and published several informative reports on the avifauna of this unique region. He works closely with Partners in Flight, manages the PIF Species Assessment Database, and was instrumental in applying the PIF assessment process to the Mexican avifauna, in conjunction with federal and NGO partners in Mexico. In 2005, he launched RMBO’s International Program to build a permanent bridge for bird conservation throughout the Americas. He is involved in several cooperative projects in Mexico in Chihuahuan grasslands, western Mexico and the Sierra Madre Oriental. Arvind has a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont (1993) and a master’s in wildlife biology from Louisiana State University (1999). (970) 482-1707 x20

Garrett Pantle, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Saratoga, WY), Stewardship

Garrett grew up an avid outdoorsman in south-central Wyoming where he developed an interest in resource management. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management with minors in forest resources and reclamation and restoration ecology from the University of Wyoming. Garrett joined RMBO in May of 2013 and is working out of the NRCS office in Saratoga, Wyo., where he utilizes programs such as the Farm Bill, among others, to assist landowners in integrating wildlife into their land management plans. (307) 326-5657 x108; garrett.pantle[at]

Teddy Parker-Renga, Communications Manager, Administration

A Hoosier at heart, Teddy enjoyed exploring the deciduous forests of southern Indiana while earning his bachelor's in journalism from Indiana University. He previously worked in communications for Bloomington Hospital, the Jackson Hole News&Guide and SPIE - The International Society for Optics and Photonics before moving to Colorado in 2010 to earn his master's in public communication from Colorado State University. Between jobs and semesters in school, he's indulged his interest in ecological restoration as a noxious weed technician in Teton County, Wyo., and Larimer County, Colo. In his free time, he enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, skiing and spending time with his family. (970) 482-1707 x30; teddy.parker-renga[at]

David Pavlacky, Biometrician, Science

A Colorado native, David received a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (1995) and a master’s in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming (2000). He earned a doctorate in zoology from the University of Queensland, Australia (2008), where he studied landscape genetics and ecology of rainforest birds. David first worked for RMBO as a field technician in 1995, and he rejoined RMBO in April 2008 to work on the spatial ecology of playa wetlands in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. His research interests include quantitative methods for the distribution and abundance of wildlife and landscape ecology of forest birds. (970) 482-1707 x11; david.pavlacky[at]

Duane Pool, Landscape Ecologist, International

Duane lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, and works out of Bismarck State College, where he is an adjunct professor. Duane completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource and environmental economics and econometrics. His doctorate in forest, rangeland and watershed stewardship is from Colorado State University. His career has centered on developing management guidance for migratory bird programs through the application of spatial statistical analysis and GIS. He worked on waterfowl demographic studies and nest-site selection modeling for the Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2005 as the science coordinator for the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture and later served as the science coordinator for the Conservancy's migratory bird program working on the potential impacts of climate change on species of concern. Duane contributes to RMBO's mission by providing spatial analysis and GIS support to International projects. (701) 471-9300; (701) 224-2624; 1500 Edwards Ave., P.O. Box 5587, Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

Laura Quattrini, Stewardship Program Manager, Stewardship

Laura obtained a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from Ohio University with an environmental studies certificate. She has assisted with numerous avian research projects with organizations including Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Carnegie Museum of Natural History/ Powdermill Biological Reserve, HawkWatch International, Southern Sierra Research Station and Humboldt State University. She has higher education teaching experience and was an Americorps VISTA organizing outreach efforts with landowners in southeast Ohio. (970) 482-1707 x21; laura.quattrini[at]

Roberto Rodríguez, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Chihuahua City, Mexico), International

Roberto, or Beto, joined RMBO as a private lands wildlife biologist in the spring of 2012 to reach out to ranchers in Chihuahua, Mexico. Beto is based out of a field office in Chihuahua City and is finishing up a Ph.D. in human dimensions and wildlife from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. During his career, he has collaborated with international and national non-governmental organizations to study raptors and grassland birds and their habitats.

Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Senior Scientist, International

Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Ph.D., joined RMBO as a senior scientist with the International Program in the spring of 2014. Her research focuses on estimating population and community-level responses to environmental changes for resident and migratory bird species in Latin America. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Viviana will be supporting projects related to grassland birds, along with continuing other projects related to bird research and conservation in Latin America. These projects include working with the Institute for Bird Population Studies in California, where she is a Research Associate, on applying novel statistical models to look at overwintering dynamics of Neotropical migrants, as well as supporting capacity building efforts of the Neotropical Conservation Initiative Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she is a Lab Associate. A native of Costa Rica, Viviana stays active in bird research, monitoring and conservation programs through work with the Costa Rican Ornithologists’ Union. (970) 482-1707 x14; viviana.ruiz-gutierrez[at]

Allison Shaw, Program Assistant, International

Allison is originally from Ann Arbor, Mich. She obtained a bachelor's degree in biology from Grinnell College and a master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University. She has worked on forest and wetland conservation projects across the United States and Central America for The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Peace Corps Guatemala and others. She joined RMBO in the fall of 2014 to assist the International team with data and project management. (970) 482-1707 ext. 23;[at]

Donn Slusher, Rangeland Ecologist (Kremmling, CO), Stewardship

Donn was born in Colorado and has lived, worked and enjoyed being on ranches ever since. He lived on a horse and hay ranch and worked on several guest ranches. On the guest ranches his jobs were taking people on horseback rides, day trips or week long trips on the continental divide. He has guided nature walks, fishermen and big-game hunters and has always had a strong passion for outdoor activities including: fly-fishing, archery, big-game hunting, shooting, horseback riding, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and outdoor photography. He has been an instructor of outdoor skills, archery, cross-country skiing, horsepacking, fly-tying, fly-fishing and outdoor ecology. While Donn lived in Montana for 15 years, he worked as a seasonal for the United States Forest Service improving forest health, conducting sampling and habitat evaluation, and fire fuel analysis. He has worked in some of the most remote and wild places in Montana, southern British Columbia, Idaho and the deserts of Utah. Recently he graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in RangeIand Ecology/Restoration. Donn is looking forward to living and working in Kremmling with the NRCS office and helping landowners manage their land for Sage Grouse habitat as part of the Sage Grouse Initiative. (970) 724-3456; donn.slusher[at]

Emily Snode-Brenneman, School Programs Coordinator, Education

Emily grew up in northeastern Ohio where an enthusiastic fourth grade teacher instilled in her a passion for conservation. In 2006 Emily earned her bachelor's degree in conservation science from Muskingum University. Upon hearing about a location promising blue skies and mountains, Emily quickly migrated to Colorado. In 2010 she received her master’s in biological sciences from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied fruit bats and their effects on seed germination. Infected with the travel bug, Emily has conducted a variety of field biology work in South Africa, Australia and North America. She has worked as an educator for the Akron Zoo, Denver Zoo, and the Wilds. She was an education intern for RMBO in the fall of 2010 and was hired as School Programs Coordinator in 2012. When not traveling, Emily can be found hiking mountain trails, camping, or enjoying her other hobbies of painting, theater and graphic design. (303) 659-4348 x11; emily.snode-brenneman[at]

Larry Snyder, Landowner Outreach Biologist, Stewardship

A lifelong resident of Kimball, Nebraska, Larry received an associate degree in production agriculture from Northeastern Junior College in 1986. He has 26 years of experience in livestock and dry land crop production in the southern Nebraska Panhandle. An avid outdoorsman with an eye for watching wildlife, Larry began conducting special species surveys in 2002 with the Nebraska Prairie Partners as a seasonal field technician. Now as the full-time Nebraska Prairie Partners Assistant, Larry is responsible for implementing the Mountain Plover nest protection program and wildlife escape ladder project, and he is involved in the Nebraska Prairie Partners Education and Outreach programs. Larry continues to help conduct special species surveys and has begun the implementation process of playa restoration projects in the southern panhandle. (308) 783-1019; larry.snyder[at]

Rob Sparks, Research Biologist/GIS Manager, Science

Rob found an appreciation for nature at a young age growing up in the forests of Africa and South America.He received a degree in botany from Miami University and a geo-spatial science certificate from Colorado State University. After college, he hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled to Costa Rica to work on conservation projects. His research focuses on developing hierarchical models to estimate species habitat relationships and predict distribution. Rob also has an interest in understanding bird migration routes and has analyzed Black Swift, Western Tanager and Swainson's Thrush geolocator datasets. He's currently working with Chestnut-collared Longspur geolocators. In addition, he leads the Eastern-Screech Owl citizen science program to estimate occupancy dynamics. (970) 482-1707 x19; rob.sparks[at]

Erin Strasser, Biologist, International

Erin received her bachelor's in zoology from Northern Arizona University where she studied Pinyon Jay behavioral ecology. In 2010, she earned her master’s in raptor biology from Boise State University, investigating the impacts of human disturbance on American Kestrel stress physiology and reproductive abandonment. Her passion for research and avian conservation has led her to study birds in several Western states, as well as Belize and Honduras. She is interested in how anthropogenic change impacts breeding bird behavior and physiology, and the overwintering ecology of migrants. Erin is involved with RMBO's Chihuahuan Desert grasslands project aimed at understanding overwintering survival and habitat use of Baird’s and Grasshopper Sparrows. (970) 482-1707 x27

Aaron Trujillo, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Fort Morgan, CO), Stewardship

Aaron grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where he spent his time hunting and fishing in the Rockies. He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in 2008. After college, Aaron served in wildlife positions with CSU, USDA Forest Service and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, ranging from work with boreal toads and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, to hunter outreach and education. In 2011, his adventures took him north with Wyoming Game and Fish, where he worked with private landowners to gain hunter access and as a game warden involved with wildlife management and enforcement. Aaron is working out of the NRCS office in Fort Morgan. (970) 867-9659 x3; aaron.trujillo[at]

Nick Van Lanen, Biologist, Science

A Wisconsin native, Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 with a bachelor’s in wildlife ecology. Since 2001 he has studied birds in eight states. These projects investigated a range of topics including breeding, stop-over, migratory and wintering behavior of songbirds, raptors and gamebirds. Nick also spent 18 months as an interpretive naturalist on the Georgia coast. Despite enjoying birding and kayaking for a living, he realized that conducting research aimed at conserving birds was his true passion. He returned to school and in 2010 received a master’s degree from Colorado State University for his research investigating the potential competitive interaction between Northern Spotted and Barred Owls. After graduate school Nick immediately started working for RMBO as the Wyoming field crew leader. Now a full-time biologist, Nick assists with data analyses, report writing and publications. (970) 482-1707 x28; nick.vanlanen[at]

Peggy Watson, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Education

Born and raised in Brush, Colorado, Peggy grew up exploring the plains and mountains of her home state. In 2009, she earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Colorado State University. She worked as a licensed Colorado wildlife rehabilitator until 2012, when she was hired as an education intern for RMBO. With a passion for bird conservation and joy of working with people, Peggy joined the RMBO staff full-time as the volunteer and outreach coordinator in 2014. In her free time, Peggy enjoys discovering new trails, skiing and snowboarding, and sitting on the deck with a good book. (303) 659-4348 x10; peggy.watson[at]

Chris White, Biologist, Science

After graduating from Arizona State University in 2002 with a bachelor’s in biology, Chris volunteered at Liberty Wildlife, an avian rehabilitation facility in Arizona, and worked occasional field jobs. After moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, he began working for RMBO as a data entry technician in the fall of 2006. He now works planning and conducting field work and is the regional monitoring coordinator on RMBO’s Science team. (970) 482-1707 x24; chris.white[at]

Kristen Winter, Science Program Administrator, Science

Kristen has spent her career in nonprofit environmental conservation working with community organizations and nature centers, as well as some of the largest conservation organizations in the world, including Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy, Worldwide Office. She has experience in many areas relating to both conservation and nonprofit efforts, such as environmental education, green building certifications, wildlife monitoring, conservation easements and land trust efforts, and all areas of development/fundraising, operations, program creation and management. Kristen has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and has done some additional work in Applied Ecopsychology. She now works with RMBO’s Science Team as Science Project Administrator. (970) 482-1707 x32; kristen.winter[at]

Brittany Woiderski, GIS Biologist, Science

Brittany grew up chasing cows on her family's dairy farm in northern Michigan. In 2006, she earned a bachelor's degree in environmental geography from Western Michigan University and then moved west to volunteer with AmeriCorps in Yosemite National Park. She spent six years with the National Park Service helping to develop Yosemite's Visitor Use and Impact Monitoring Program and serving as the field crew leader and GIS specialist for many riparian and meadow health monitoring projects. Brittany found her way to RMBO through her love of birds and conservation and wasted no time in volunteering her GIS skills to the organization after moving to Fort Collins in the fall of 2012. She joined RMBO as a field technician in the spring of 2013 and now works as a GIS specialist and biologist. (970) 482-1707 x31; brittany.woiderski[at]

Erin Youngberg, Biologist, International

Erin found her way to RMBO as a volunteer intern for the Bald Eagle Watch Program in January, 2010. A bird lover from a very young age, she jumped at the chance to get involved with such a great organization. She was then hired as a seasonal field technician for the International team’s grassland nest productivity study at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area during the 2010 summer season. Now she assists the International program with contract, budgets, logistics, and seasonal field work.  Originally from Jackson, Wyoming, Erin graduated with her bachelor’s in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in 2009. She is extremely interested in conserving habitats for our birds and is excited to be lending her skills to RMBO! (970) 482-1707 x33; erin.youngberg[at]

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