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Director
July 15, 2019 08:00 AM
Undergrad Degree: B.S. Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University (1994)

Graduate Programs: M.S. Range Science, Brigham Young University (1997); Ph.D. Rangeland Resources (GIS/Remote Sensing) 2004

Research Interests: Geospatial analysis of range and wildlife habitat

Biography: Native of Utah. Employed by UDWR, USFS, Park Service and SAIC (Yucca Mountain Project). Professor at Oregon State University (2004-7).
PhD Students
Thomas Krebs
Thomas Krebs
Undergrad Degree: B.S. Range and Wildlife Management, BYU (2004)

Graduate Programs:
M.S. Ecology and Evolution, Northern Illinois University (NIU, 2007)
Ph.D. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, BYU (2021 expected graduation)

Research Interests: Effects of feral horses on desert rivers, Plant taxonomy, Aquatic macroinvertebrates, River Geomorphology

Biography: Grew up in Maryland and Virginia. Specialized at BYU in range restoration and ecology. Research population ecology of aquatic macroinvertebrates at NIU. Spent 5 years in Georgia restoring streams and wetlands. Spent 7 years in Arizona as an ecologist for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Since 2018, working as COO of The Barn Group Land Trust. Currently living in Arizona with my wife and 3 cherished junior ecologists.
David Burchfield
David Burchfield
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Geography (Geographic Information Systems emphasis), Brigham Young University, 2011

Graduate Programs:
M.A. Geography, Kansas State University, 2014
Ph.D. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University (in progress)

Research Interests: spatial ecology of subalpine forest communities in the Great Basin, biogeography, remote sensing using small unmanned aircraft platforms, GIS.
Masters Students
Nic Anderson
Undergrad Degree: B.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Graduate Program: M.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Research Interests: My interests include ecology, remote sensing, and GIS. I love nature and observing how different components interact with one another. In my current projects I am looking at the impacts of commercial honeybees on native pollinators, and using high resolution drone imagery to measure floral resources in subalpine communities. I am an avid outdoorsman, I love hunting, fishing, hiking, and scuba diving. I have a love for nature and learning and hope to become a university professor.
Ryan Howell
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Undergrad Degree: B.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Graduate Program: M.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young Unviversity

Research Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, Mammalian and Avian Ecology

Biography I grew up in rural Alaska and New Mexico and have always had a deep appreciation for the natural world. I've spent countless hours hiking, hunting, and fishing and just enjoying the scenery. Then I discovered GIS and knew I wanted a career with a heavy GIS emphasis.
Mikiah McGinn
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Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Geography, Brigham Young University

Graduate Program: M.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Research Interests: Biogeography, remote sensing & GIS, landscape ecology and conservation.

Biography: I have always had a great appreciation for the natural environment. That appreciation led me to further my education in wildlife protection and to learn all I can about the natural environment and its processes.
Ryan Shields
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Undergrad Degree: B.S. Geography

Graduate Program: M.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation

Research Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, Marine Spatial Planning

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Undergraduate Students
Haley Johnston
Undergrad Degree: B.S. Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation

Research Interests: Wildlife Ecology

Biography: I grew up in Utah, and was raised with a love of learning and desire to understand more about how our world works. I love going on trail runs in the mountains, camping, fishing with my dad, and basically just being outdoors. When I grow up, eventually... I hope to go on to graduate school and one day work performing research in Wildlife Conservation and Biology.
Collaborators
Chris Balzotti
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Natural Resource Manager, The Nature Conservancy - Hawai'i, Hilo, HI

Undergrad Degree: B.S. Environmental Science, Brigham Young University

Graduate Programs:
M.S. Wildlife Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Geography, University of Utah

Research Interests: Remote Sensing of Tropical Ecosystems; Habitat modeling and geospatial analysis of plant and animal populations

Biography: Postdoc Research Scientist, Carnegie Lab, Stanford, CA
Stan Kitchen
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Shrub Lab, US Forest Service, Provo, Utah

Graduate Program: Ph.D. Wildlife Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Research Interests: I conduct research on historical and current disturbance processes and their effects on the composition, structure and stability of shrublands, woodlands, and forests of the Central Intermountain Region (USA).
Steve Schill
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Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy - Caribbean Division, Coral Gables, FL

Undergrad Degree: B.A. Geography: International Development, Utah State University

Graduate Degree:
M.S. Geography: Geographic Information Systems, University of South Carolina;
Ph.D. Geography: Remote Sensing, University of South Carolina

Research Interests: Remote Sensing of Marine Ecosystems; GIS for the development of marine protected areas

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