WHO WE ARE
To advance wildlife conservation by conducting high-quality research, educating aspiring biologists, and engaging local communities.
RESEARCH DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER
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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EDUCATION DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER
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.
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.
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT
Clara is HRWR's Research and Education Assistant. She worked on the Lynx trapping effort this winter, and is delighted to be able to continue working for Home Range. She has worked seasonally on a variety of projects since earning her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College, including songbird rehabilitation, deer and elk neonatal mortality, snowpack science and salmon ecology. Drawn to working outside and large scale ecology, working with Home Range has been a dream come true!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire Hoffmann is a consultant specializing 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.
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.
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