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

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 Twisp, WA.

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Becca Windell


Becca conducts applied research with a strong focus on community involvement, student development, and human-wildlife cohabitation. She is dedicated to integrating HRWR's research and education programs with the goal of making informed conservation decisions and providing tractable research opportunities to aspiring wildlife biologists. 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 a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She resides in Mazama, WA.


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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 two elderly kitties.

Christine Estrada

Christine has a BS in Computer Graphics from Purdue University and has spent her career as a web developer and technical project manager in the tech industry. An avid recreationist and naturalist, she's spent over 20 years exploring the Washington State backcountry and is passionate about experiences that deepen our connection to the wildlife and natural world around us.

A huge fan of fire lookouts and history, Christine has visited every standing fire lookout in Washington State and volunteer staffed Goat Peak in Mazama for the 2021 fire season. She also worked with the USFS and a handful of volunteers to complete much needed painting and maintenance on the Lookout Mountain fire lookout in Twisp. Christine has volunteered as a wildlife camera trapper and tracker for Conservation Northwest and recently was a scat collector for last winter's Predator Prey Project. Christine lives in Twisp and is currently working on building a small, sustainable, off-grid home.

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.

Jonathan Stratman

Jonathan Stratman has been an elementary education teacher for 22 years. He believes in the transformative power of education, both inside and outside of the classroom. Jonathan is currently teaching 4th grade at Methow Valley Elementary, and he facilitates a fly fishing club there for students in grades 3 through 5.

Jonathan is most at home when he’s outside. He enjoys running, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and fishing. Someday he hopes to take part in all of those activities on the same day.

Jonathan is married to Rachel Stratman, and together they have two amazing children, Mia and Addison.

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.