To advance wildlife conservation by conducting high-quality research, educating aspiring biologists, and engaging local communities.

In the face of vast environmental and social changes, we are committed to wildlife conservation grounded in rigorous field based science and long term connection to our landscape. We aim to build a diverse and inclusive community of people that are equipped to tackle our most pressing wildlife conservation challenges.


Carmen Vanbianchi

Carmen leads HRWR's research mission to conduct wildlife science that directly informs the conservation and management of species.  She is dedicated to examining the impacts of climate change and human development on wildlife as well as finding ways to  mitigate their impacts.  Carmen's background is in mammal ecology, habitat, and management where she has worked in a diversity of landscapes including the southeast US and the Alberta Rocky Mountains.  Carmen holds a B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Humboldt State University and a M.Sc. in biology from the University of British Columbia, Kelowna.  She resides in Winthrop, WA.

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Anna Machowicz

Anna coordinates HRWR's field training program with a focus on bridging the gap from field to lab. She believes that impactful wildlife research starts and ends on the ground with high quality data collection and thoughtful outcome applications. Anna has worked with numerous species including snowshoe hare, California spotted owl, mule deer, river otter, wolverine, bobcat, coyote, and wolf. She is especially interested in cultivating higher animal capture and handling standards across the wildlife community, as well as encouraging the use of less invasive research methods. Anna holds dual B.Sc. degrees in Animal Science and Zoology from Michigan State University. She resides in Winthrop, WA. 

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Patt Poinsett

Patt has spent most of her career in finance, operations & administration of medium size businesses. After selling their very successful background check service, Patt moved to directing of nonprofits, primarily in wildlife and conservation. Analyzing and organization of financial systems to make for efficient and profitable business is where she excels. Fundraising and event management is the fun stuff and Patt and her team have put on some very successful events over the years. Patt lives in Olympia, WA with her husband and three dogs.


Clara Hoffman

As HRWR's Research and Education Assistant, her responsibilities span across the organization. She works on the Lynx trapping effort in the winter, coordinates the Human-Bear Coexistence project, co-teaches courses, and conducts summer field work on the Lynx project. Clara’s wide ranging interests have led her to a variety of seasonal work since earning her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College, including songbird rehabilitation, deer and elk neonatal collaring for cause specific mortality research, snowpack science and tracking, and salmon ecology. Clara lives in a yurt in Twisp, WA.



Christine Phelan
M.Sc. student, University of British Columbia

By day, Christine pursues a life in wildlife ecology and conservation on projects investigating predator-prey interactions and human-wildlife conflict mitigation, and has worked with numerous species including the African elephant, sea otter, white-tail deer, cougar, and wolf. By night, she is an animator and game developer with over sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry creating compelling performances for video games, VR, and short films. Christine’s interests are exploring creature biomechanics and locomotion, understanding animal behavior through movement at the individual and landscape scale, and figuring out what critter pooped in the woods. 


Emily Nelson

In 1977, Emily’s grandparents built a Sears cabin kit on a little lot off Lost River Road in Mazama, and the family has enjoyed recreating in the area ever since. Through many visits over the years, Emily grew passionate about protecting and preserving the unique habitat and species found in the Methow Valley. She is inspired by HRWR’s work and mission, and is proud to be President of the inaugural board of directors.

Emily is an attorney who has practiced environmental, land use, civil rights, and immigration law. She was lead counsel for the State of Washington in several multistate lawsuits challenging regulatory rollbacks under the federal Clean Air Act. Currently, she works in the Civil Rights Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Emily has served on a variety of boards and committees dedicated to promoting human rights, environmental justice, economic equality, land reclamation, and ensuring that low-income folks throughout the State of Washington have access to free, quality civil legal services. Emily lives in Olympia with her wife and elderly kitty.

Becca Windell

Becca conducts applied research that focuses on community involvement, student development, and human-wildlife coexistence. She is dedicated to integrating HRWR's research, education, and outreach programs to help make informed, community-supported conservation decisions that foster coexistence in our rapidly changing world. Becca's background is in carnivore ecology, behavior, and management where she has studied black bears, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Her preferred research methodology is camera trapping. Becca holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Colorado State University. 


Nell Scott

Nell Scott lives in southern Oregon but has strong ties to the Methow Valley. She grew up skiing there every winter, and visits frequently now that her parents live there full time. She currently works as the Klamath Program Director for Trout Unlimited and manages ecological restoration throughout the Upper Klamath Basin and along the Klamath River, where four large hydropower dams are slated for removal in 2023. She holds a M.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering from Colorado State University. She is heavily involved in budgeting and accounting within Trout Unlimited, and has served on multiple committees to improve financial systems within the organization. She also led the organizational and financial merger of a small Klamath non-profit with Trout Unlimited in 2016. 

John Rohrer

John has been a wildlife biologist in Okanogan County, Washington since 1989.  The first 2 years as a habitat biologist for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the last 30+ years as a wildlife biologist for U. S. Forest Service on the Methow Valley Ranger District.  His work has focused on habitat evaluations and project effect determinations for species that inhabit forested landscapes of the Inland Northwest. Most of these evaluations were focused on species Federally listed as endangered, threatened, or sensitive; such as the gray wolf, grizzly bear, northern spotted owl, Canada lynx, wolverine, and northern goshawk, to name a few.  John was fortunate to be involved in 2 Forest Service research projects; as the Field Coordinator for the North Cascades Wolverine Study from 2006-2015, and for the Black Pine Basin Lynx Study in 2011-2012.  He has served as the U. S. Forest Service Region 6 Center of Excellence for Carnivores since 2013.

Growing up in the deserts of Arizona, John  became fascinated by reptiles, and has been studying northern pacific rattlesnakes in the Methow Valley for more than 20 years.  Discovering and documenting communal winter den sites and managing nuisance rattlesnakes has been the focus of those studies.  

John  received a BS degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona and a MS degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University where he studied the ecology of tule elk reintroduced to native ranges in central California.

John lives just outside of Winthrop, WA with his wife Kelly.  

Carolyn Marquardt

Carolyn has always had a passion for wildlife and being in the great outdoors. She moved to Washington in the early 1990s and became enchanted with the Methow Valley while hiking, rock climbing, nordic skiing, and biking. Now a full time resident, she has immersed herself in learning about wildlife and conservation biology. She became inspired by HRWR’s mission and has participated in their bear foraging study, several field courses and as a volunteer tracker for the lynx project. She is excited to join the board and help them work towards their vision of sustainable wildlife conservation.

Carolyn began her hands-on conservation work as a volunteer in Papua New Guinea for the Woodland Park Zoo Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project  and continues to be involved with this project. Since then she has joined several other local nonprofit organizations and taken up wildlife camera monitoring with Conservation Northwest. She is a mostly-retired sports medicine physician and was a sports fellowship director for more than 10 years. She has a BA in Neuroscience from Oberlin College and an MD from the University of Michigan.

Tom Galambos

Tom Galambos grew up in Colorado and was connected to the outdoors and wild places from an early age.  He was fortunate enough to spend the first 12 summers of his life living high in the Colorado mountains without a leash exploring and roaming the forest.  When he found the Methow Valley he felt like he was back home and now spending much of his time in valley when not traveling the world.  He is a long-term life member of Trout Unlimited and Back Country Hunters and Anglers and is committed to preserving and enhancing wild things and wild places.

Tom holds a BS and MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.  He is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of a global technology business within Hitachi Ltd.  As the leader of the business, he is committed and passionate about increasing diversity for underrepresented groups and building great leaders in his organization and the industry.  In this role he has experienced many cultures and seen many places which has only further validated the uniqueness of the Methow and the mission of HRWR. 

Claire Hoffmann

Claire Hoffmann is the Head of Partnerships for the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, where she specializes in the improvement of communication and research practice to maximize conservation impact. She holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Her work explores how to build research and communication strategies for conservation issues that maximize the flow of information, understanding, and engagement between academic institutions, communications specialists, and the public.


Claire grew up in Spokane and spent many field seasons early in her career studying the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. She now lives in Salt Lake City, and enjoys exploring both Utah’s deserts and mountains.


Jonathan Stratman

Christine Estrada