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Kelly Stoner
Associate Conservation Scientist
Kelly leads the Wildlife Conservation Society Bison Program in its effort to restore wild, free-ranging bison to tribal lands in the American West. Kelly’s work focuses on human-wildlife conflict, applied conservation research, strategic communication, and organizational efficiency, and has taken her to Tanzania, Botswana, and Namibia. Kelly completed her Master of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Villanova University. From 2011 to 2012 Kelly held a Fulbright Fellowship to Botswana, and she has been honored with awards from the National Science Foundation, Villanova University, and the Philadelphia Zoo. Kelly was a fellow in the 2015 – 2016 class of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders.
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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.
Kris Inman
Community Partnerships Representative
Kris began working for WCS in 2000 as part of the Greater Yellowstone Wolverine Program and in 2012 as WCS community partnerships representative. In this role, she helps engage communities in SW Montana to build conservation solutions that considers both the social and ecological implications. Prior to working for WCS, Kris worked for a diverse group of organizations and projects. She assisted in monitoring black bear population trends through capturing and radio-collaring bears in Maine, Virginia, Oregon, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Kris also worked on some of the more controversial issues including monitoring endangered species in communities whose livelihood were directly impacted by the management implications of their respective recovery plans. She worked on the USFWS Wolf Recovery Team and the USFS Southern Spotted Owl Monitoring Team. When states across the nation were challenging the privilege to hunt bears through ballot initiative, Kris conducted the first study on the effectiveness of houndsmen as the focus of her master’s thesis. Through her work with houndsmen, she saw how forging relationships can transform a disengaged group into one that plays an integral and positive role in conservation. As WCS community partnership representative Kris brings these experiences to help build community led wildlife coexistence and habitat restoration projects. Kris moved to the Madison Valley in 2001 and is active in her community serving on the Madison Farm to School, Ennis Schools Science Fair, and Madison By-Ways programs.
Lila Tauzer
Research Assistant
Lila is a Research Assistant in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she provides field research and logistical support for both the Northern Boreal Mountains and Western Arctic programs. She is a keen naturalist with diverse interests in animal-habitat associations, landscape ecology and movement patterns and, especially, boreal bird conservation. Lila has a MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BSc in Biology from Humboldt State University (California). Although she is most knowledgeable and passionate about boreal-breeding birds, she has also worked with raptors in Kenya, sheep and wolves in the Rockies, rattlesnakes and plants in the Great Basin desert, amphibians in the California Sierra Nevada mountains, and macaws in the Amazon.
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
Postdoctoral 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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