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Sarah Reed
Associate Conservationist with Livelihoods Program
Sarah Reed is Associate Conservation Scientist with the Livelihoods Program. She is currently a Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Colorado State University. Her research examines how human development patterns and land use practices affect wildlife and biodiversity. Sarah has worked extensively with government agencies and conservation organizations, addressing issues from local to national scales of resource management, in public as well as private lands contexts. She is especially motivated by research projects that have the potential to inform land use decisions and conservation policies as well as to expand our understanding of how species respond to human disturbances. Sarah’s current research investigates alternative strategies for residential site design to protect biodiversity on private lands. Sarah recently joined the Board of Directors for the Society of Conservation Biology – North America Section. She also lead several projects—Dr. Reed: 1) Co-leads an interdisciplinary working group on the social, economic, and ecological dimensions of conservation development (School of Global Environmental Sustainability); 2) Integrates social and biological information to map human-wildlife conflicts (National Wildlife Research Center), and 3) Maps how habitat connectivity and threats to connectivity in southern Colorado (Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Collaborative). Sarah earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from University of California, Berkeley. She is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sean Matthews
Klamath Landscape and Fisher Coordinator
Like the small carnivore he is studying, Sean Matthews loves climbing to the top of some of the world’s tallest trees which make up one of the world’s most diverse conifer forests to learn more about one of North America’s most secretive forest-dwelling mammals. As the Hoopa Fisher Project Director, Sean is working cooperatively with the Hoopa Valley Tribe to assess critical elements of fisher ecology and to build capacity for wildlife conservation within the local community. The fisher is a member of the weasel family, related to its larger cousin the wolverine, a candidate for federal and California endangered species status, and culturally significant to the Hupa people. Sean is working with Tribal and other regional forest managers to provide information on fisher ecology that will assist in wildlife management decision-making and allow for continued revenues stemming from sustainable timber management on the Hoopa Reservation. Sean’s work is focusing on the characteristics of trees female fishers select to give birth and raise their kits, taking him over one hundred feet above the forest floor to find fisher den cavities. Sean is also successfully providing internship and technician opportunities for community members with the goal of becoming future leaders in wildlife conservation and management on native lands. He is also co-directing the Coastal Martes Working group, charged with addressing fisher and marten conservation in the Pacific northwest. Sean joined WCS in 2001 to direct a four-year research project which addressed human-black bear interactions in Yosemite National Park, California. He and his colleagues examined the recent history of human-bear conflicts, provided an evaluation of the interpretive communication system, described bear activity patterns near recreational development, and quantified bear food habits. With this information, Sean and his colleagues were able to provide park managers with specific management recommendations to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts. Sean escaped the urban wilds of the Los Angeles basin where he grew up for the remote coastline of northern California in 1992 to pursue a bachelors and masters degree at Humboldt State University. His masters thesis involved working with the Hoopa Valley Tribe to develop a density estimate of black bears on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and describe elements of bear ecology related to damage caused by bears to managed timber stands. When not probing the private lives of bears and fishers, Sean especially enjoys swimming with white sharks while surfing off the northern California coast and meandering walks with his wife in a local botanical garden.
Shannon D'Arcy
Manager of Development and Communications
Shannon is the Manager of Development and Communications, supporting WCS Canada’s mission to save wildlife and wild spaces through a robust communications and development strategy. Shannon comes to WCS Canada from an extensive background in non-profit management spanning large foundations, international development organizations and the arts. Shannon holds a Master of Arts Degree and a Post-Degree Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management that inform her strategy and management styles.
Shannon Roberts
Financial/Operations Manager
As Financial/Operations Manager of the North America Program, Shannon is responsible for the creation, implementation and analysis of the North America Program's multi-million dollar budget. She also manages the operational details at the main headquarters of the North America Program as well as two other multi-staffed offices and multiple field sites. Shannon is the North America Program Human Resource liaison and is responsible for assisting with recruiting, hiring, evaluating and promoting NAP staff and all of the details associated with that duty. Shannon joined WCS in 2007 and brings many years of conservation finance experience with various other organizations. Shannon also has experience as Director of an active vacation company. Shannon is a fourth generation Montanan, and as sister, daughter and grand-daughter of US Forest Service engineers she grew up appreciating the importance of conservation management and the cohesive relationship between government agencies and the public. Shannon's education is in Political Science from Montana State University, as well as a plethora of additional finance, travel and business management courses.
Stephen Insley
Arctic Research Associate, Arctic Beringia Program
Dr. Stephen Insley is a member of the WCS Arctic Beringia program based in Whitehorse, Yukon, with a geographical focus on the western Canadian Arctic spanning west across the Arctic Beringia region including Alaska and Russia. His marine conservation program focuses on the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and northern communities. To date his research has had three general themes: (1) animal acoustic behaviour (e.g. vocal recognition); (2) the application of behavioural ecology principals and techniques to conservation biology (e.g., noise impacts, fisheries interactions); and (3) conservation through local stewardship (e.g. community-based ecological monitoring). His approach has involved experimental field biology, mostly with pinnipeds and seabirds, and working with remote subsistence communities. He has conducted his research in a wide variety of field locations including the Bering Sea, the North and South Pacific and the North Atlantic Oceans. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Victoria, B.C.
Trevor Haynes
Arctic Beringia Fisheries Ecologist
As an ecologist interested in the study of natural animal populations, Trevor Haynes has always been fascinated by the Arctic. Trevor began his research career in more temperate regions, earning his Master’s degree with the University of Victoria examining the habitat use of the Pacific sand lance, a key marine forage fish in the Pacific Northwest. For his doctorate degree with the University of Alaska, Trevor shifted his focus to Arctic species, investigating the distributions of Arctic fish and fundamental aspects of loon nesting ecology. During this research, Trevor became intensely interested in the ecological processes that influence the distributions, movements and behavior of Arctic animals. Through his current post-doctoral position with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Alaska, Trevor continues to pursue his passion for high latitude research in his study of Arctic lagoon ecology. Trevor plans to apply his background in fisheries biology and distribution modeling to improve the understanding of Arctic lagoon systems, including their importance for Arctic fish and subsistence fisheries.
Zoe Smith
Adirondacks Landscape Coordinator
Zoe Smith joined WCS in 2000 and is currently the Landscape Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program. Her conservation interests lie in working with communities on local issues particularly wildlife conflict on the human/wild interface and building local leadership for conservation. Zoe is an active member of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance core group and participates in various regional Smart Growth projects. Zoe was an appointed member of the Northern Forest Center’s Sustainable Economy Initiative that developed a 4-state economic strategy for rural Northern Forest communities. Zoe leads WCS’ Black Bear Education, Awareness, and Research Program and is a member of the New York State Black Bear Management Team. She currently sits on the Boards of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation and Sustainable Communities Inc. Zoe has lived and worked in the Adirondack Park for almost 20 years and is an active member of her local community. Her professional background is in wilderness recreation leadership, management, and community building. She holds a BA in Natural Resource Economics from SUNY Fredonia.
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