WCS North America

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Kelly Stoner
Bison Program Lead
Kelly leads the WCS Bison Program. Most recently Kelly managed the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania, where she led a team of nearly 70 people in community-based carnivore conservation efforts. She has also managed or worked on carnivore research and conservation projects in Namibia and Botswana, and has held positions with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the African People & Wildlife Fund, the Jane Goodall Institute, and Conservation International. Kelly completed her Master of Environmental Science degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2014. She held a Fulbright Fellowship from 2011 to 2012, was named to the 2015 – 2016 class of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, and received the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Young Alumni Medallion in 2017.
Kevin Fraley
Arctic Beringia Fisheries Ecologist
Dr. Kevin Fraley is a Fisheries Ecologist for the Arctic Beringia Program, and leads fisheries research and monitoring projects for the WCS in lagoon habitats along the Chukchi Sea coast of Alaska. After being recognized as an American Fisheries Society (AFS) Hutton Scholar in 2008, Kevin completed B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he received a Chancellor's Scholarship and Rasmuson Fellowship. Following completion of his M.S. degree, he traveled to New Zealand to attain a PhD in Freshwater Ecology at the University of Canterbury. Outside of his scholastic career, Kevin has undertaken fisheries and environmental science work for a variety of entities including Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, the U.S. National Park Service, the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association, the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Kevin's research interests include community ecology, aquatic food webs, fish assemblage structure, fish movements, stable isotope analyses, and aquatic ecotoxicology.
Kevin Smith
Fisher Translocation Field Coordinator
In his role with WCS's fisher program, Kevin Smith manages a crew of more than 20 field assistants to trap, handle, relocate, and monitor fishers in California's Sierra Nevada. Kevin graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management. His interest in mammalian ecology led him to opportunities studying black-footed ferrets, white-tailed deer, fishers, American marten, and Sierra Nevada red fox.
Lisa Moore
Geomatics Specialist
Lisa Moore is a Geomatics Specialist, providing spatial analysis and remote sensing support for WSC Canada's Northern Boreal Mountains and Arctic Beringia conservation programs. She has worked for over 20 years mapping ecological data for Parks Canada, Alberta Parks, the Yukon Conservation Data Centre, First Nations, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Lisa has experience both behind the computer and in the field, leading crews to collect ecological monitoring and land classification data, and validating habitat suitability models. She has worked with First Nations in the Northwest Territories to document oral history, traditional knowledge, land use and occupancy mapping. Since 2013 Lisa has operated as a consultant, compiling radio telemetry data and species occurrences to map critical habitat used by rare plants and animals in Canada. Lisa has a diploma in Integrated Resource Management and a post graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Sir Sandford Fleming College.
Marilyn Katsabas
Manager, Finance and Operations
Marilyn Katsabas grew up in Toronto, Ontario and came to WCS Canada on a part-time basis in the fall of 2007. Marilyn has 20+ years administrative and bookkeeping experience previously working in both large corporate and small business environments. Marilyn has contributed to various community volunteer programs in the Toronto area.
Martin Robards
Arctic Beringia Coordinator
Dr. Martin Robardsis the Director of the WCS's Arctic Beringia Program and has 20 years of Alaska research experience, having worked extensively with indigenous communities and their representatives in the Arctic. Dr. Robards also worked for two years in Washington D.C. at the Marine Mammal Commission, informing policy makers about the challenges of implementing regional-scale policies concerning the conservation of marine mammals in remote subsistence-dominated environments. He has published over 30 scientific articles, served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and is affiliate faculty with the University of Alaska.
Martin von Mirbach
Director of Conservation Strategy
As Director of Conservation Strategy Martin plays a critical role in moving WCS Canada’s science to conservation action with an understanding of policy and decision making environments in Canada. He supports our regional conservation programs across the boreal as well as in the Arctic from his Ottawa-based location. He helps shape and implement our conservation policy work with a national scope, such as identifying Key Biodiversity Areas and properly valuing and conserving intact forests and peatlands across northern Canada, as well as supporting WCS international policy work, such as the development of a new framework for biodiversity at the CBD. Martin completed his Master's Degree in Philosophy at York University in Toronto. He has been active as a conservationist since the early 1990s, and has been Coordinator of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network, Sustainable Development Chair at the Centre for Forest and Environmental Studies, National Conservation Director at the Sierra Club of Canada, Vice President of Forest Stewardship Council Canada and Director of WWF-Canada's Arctic Program.
Matthew Pine
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Matt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria and WCS Canada. Matt’s role is the analysis of passive acoustic data and underwater acoustics modelling, including effects modelling, for studying the potential impacts of vessel noise on the Arctic’s marine mammals and fish. After completing his PhD in Marine Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, he worked in industry as an underwater acoustician in New Zealand and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of Hydrobiology in China. His postdoctoral fellowship was researching the effects of anthropogenic noise on China’s marine mammals, which included the use of models, passive acoustic monitoring and bioacoustic studies. In New Zealand, he was also on the overall review panel and technical working groups on sound propagation and cumulative exposure, as well as ground-truthing, for the Department of Conservation’s Seismic Code of Conduct Review. He also helps design and implement marine mammal management plans, as well as authoring underwater noise guidelines for regional Councils in New Zealand.
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Matthew Scrafford
Wolverine Conservation Scientist
Dr. Matt Scrafford is the Wolverine Conservation Scientist with Ontario Northern Boreal Landscape program. Matt works with government, industry, indigenous groups, and trappers to advance the understanding and conservation of wolverines in Ontario. Currently, Matt is using radiotelemetry and motion-sensor cameras in Red Lake to determine the effects of forestry on wolverine ecology at their southern range edge. Matt also is working with First Nations in Aroland and Slate Falls to document wolverine occurrence on their traditional land. He began his ecology career as an assistant on U.S. Forest Service wildlife research projects in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Along the way, he also worked wildland fire as a U.S. Forest Service Hotshot. He received his MSc at Montana State University where he studied the ecology of reintroduced beavers north of Yellowstone National Park. Matt received his PhD from the University of Alberta with a research focus on wolverine habitat selection, movement, foraging behaviour, and density in industrialized habitats in the Rainbow Lake and Birch Mountains areas of northern Alberta. This work was featured in the CBC Nature of Things documentary “Wolverine: Ghost of the northern forest”.
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Meg Southee
GIS Analyst and Spatial Data Manager
Meg Southee is the GIS Analyst and Spatial Data Manager for the Ontario Northern Boreal Landscape Program at WCS Canada. Her work focusses on harnessing the power of spatial information to address different research objectives for the terrestrial and freshwater research programs in Ontario. Using ArcGIS and the Python programming language, Meg develops geospatial tools and writes code to model environmental variables under future climate change scenarios. This information is used in tandem with human development cases to prioritize locations for protection of freshwater and terrestrial species. Meg has also created a series of story maps to highlight WCS Canada’s projects in a narrative and visual format, including one about WCS Canada’s freshwater conservation research and another about caribou ecology and mineral exploration impacts. Meg has worked with GIS and remote sensing technology for over 10 years and served as a board member for the Society for Conservation GIS. In 2017, Meg earned the distinction of Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional. She holds the following degrees: MSc. in Geography - Queen’s University, Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), and BSc. Honours in Environmental Science - University of Guelph.
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