WHO WE ARE
To advance wildlife conservation by conducting high-quality research, educating aspiring biologists, and engaging local communities.
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.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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.