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RMBO Staff Photo Oct 2013

October 2013, 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 Montana into Mexico working to conserve birds and their habitats. Staff members are associated with our Science, Education, Stewardship, International or Administrative teams, as is indicated following their position titles.

**Unless indicated otherwise, contact staff members by e-mail using the format:  firstname.lastname@rmbo.org

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

Noah Bates, Private Lands Range/Wildlife Ecologist (Kremmling, CO), Stewardship

Noah grew up in Pueblo, Colo., exploring nearby canyons and mountains. He received a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado and worked as a land-use planner with the City of Pueblo and Boulder County for five years. The landscapes and ecosystems in Boulder County inspired him to pursue a master’s in agricultural science integrated resource management at Colorado State University. These studies combined his love of rangeland ecology with production agriculture and farming and ranching. He developed a passion for sagebrush ecosystems working as a rangeland specialist for a private ranch near Gunnison, Colo. He is based in the NRCS office in Kremmling, Colo., working on the Sage Grouse Initiative. (970) 724-3456; noah.bates[at]co.usda.gov

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

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

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

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

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.  

Casey Cardinal, Private Lands Range/Wildlife Ecologist (Lamar, CO), Stewardship

Casey grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving her degree, she worked as a field technician on projects with small mammals in northeastern Colorado, Mississippi Sandhill Cranes along the Gulf Coast, sage-grouse in south-central Idaho and prairie chickens in north-central Kansas. Casey is in the process of completing her master’s degree from Utah State University, where she's studying sage-grouse ecology and habitat use in southeast Idaho and northeast Utah. She has a fondness for game birds and is working out of the NRCS office in Lamar, where she will be assisting with Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative projects and providing technical assistance on wildlife conservation to landowners. (719) 336-3437 x124; casey.cardinal[at]co.usda.gov

Francyne DeBauge, Science Project Manager & Finance Administrator, Science

Fran received a bachelor’s in international business and economics from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2006. Since graduation, she has worked as a resource developer in the nonprofit sector. Fran is combining all her skills to take on the budget and project management needs of the Science Team at RMBO. (970) 482-1707 x32

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

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

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

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]wy.usda.gov

Christine Fabian, Chief Financial Officer, Administration

(303) 659-4348 x14

Seth Gallagher, Director, Stewardship

In 2004 Seth joined RMBO where his duties include managing the NRCS-CDOW Private Lands Wildlife Program, assisting with landowner outreach activities, and designing and implementing on-the-ground habitat enhancement projects with partners. Seth earned an associate's degree in wildlife management from Minot State University-Bottineau in North Dakota (1997) and a bachelor's in wildlife management from Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee (2000). He went on to study nesting ecology of Red-shouldered Hawks at Central Michigan University. (970) 482-1707 x12

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

David Hanni, Director, Science

David has 10 years of professional experience conducting and managing large-scale monitoring programs. David and his team at RMBO are monitoring avian populations in 11 states for federal, state and private organizations. The goal is to provide natural resource managers with scientifically defensible population information to support informed decisions that will conserve birds and their habitats in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains. David has a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. (970) 482-1707 x13

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.

Katy Kuhnel, Shortgrass Prairie Coordinating Wildlife Biologist (Minatare, 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 RMBO's office in Minatare, Neb. (308) 432-6122; katy.kuhnel(at)nebraska.gov

Colin Lee, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Greeley, CO), Stewardship

Colin joined RMBO in 2011 and is stationed at the NRCS Area Office in Greeley, Colo. In cooperation with the NRCS and Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, he works to protect wetland resources on private lands in the South Platte and North Park watershed basins. He formerly worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Native American tribe, private landowners and other entities to implement wildlife, wetland and soil conservation projects in California, New Mexico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Colin earned undergraduate degrees in natural resources management and international development from the University of California at Berkeley and a graduate degree from New Mexico State University, where his thesis focused on Northern Pintail wetland use and winter survival in New Mexico and northern Mexico. (970) 330-0380 x214; colin.lee[at]co.usda.gov

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

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

Brandon Miller, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Steamboat Springs, CO), Stewardship

Brandon gained field experience and familiarity with northwestern Colorado while working on two greater sage-grouse research projects for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service on a range of field projects throughout the West. As a private lands wildlife biologist, Brandon provides technical resources for private landowners and land managers to incorporate wildlife management into their conservation efforts utilizing Farm Bill and other programs. Brandon earned an associate’s degree in recreation and wildlife from Hocking College and a bachelor’s in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho. (970) 879-3225 x111; brandon.miller[at]co.usda.gov

Kacie Miller, Education and Outreach Director, Education

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

Abigail Mohney, Staff Accountant, Administration

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

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]co.usda.gov

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]wy.usda.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Sparks, Research Biologist/GIS Manager, Science

Before coming to RMBO in 2003, Rob worked in Costa Rica with the Great Green Macaw Conservation Project and the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program. Rob is responsible for implementing study designs, managing spatial data and creating distribution models. He has used generalized linear models to explore habitat relationships for wintering grassland birds in Mexico. Rob received a degree in botany from Miami University in 1998. (970) 482-1707 x19

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

Chase Taylor, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Pueblo, CO), Stewardship

Chase grew up in the desert lands of southern New Mexico, capturing horned toads and exploring nearby Caliche pits with his brothers. He attended New Mexico State University and Texas Tech University, where he was an active ecological technician and certified prescribed burning contractor. Chase earned a bachelor's degree in rangeland science and a master's degree in rangeland ecology from Texas Tech, where he studied the survival, behavior, predator-prey interactions and habitat preference of Rocky Mountain Mule Deer in New Mexico. Chase is working out of the NRCS office in Pueblo, where he provides technical support to landowners along the south-central Front Range. (719) 543-8386 x108; chase.taylor[at]co.usda.gov

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]co.usda.gov

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

Peggy Watson, Volunteer and Outreach 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

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

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

Michael Wright, Staff Accountant, Administration

(303) 659-4348 x12

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. When she wasn’t observing baby birds, she was performing regularly with her bluegrass band, Finders and Youngberg. 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

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