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2017 Executive Board

Holly Copeland

Holly is a conservation scientist and spatial ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter. Her research has focused on a range of Western conservation issues such as ungulate migration, forecasting impacts of development on wildlife, and evaluating wetland and riparian health. Recent and current projects include developing methods to model mule deer migration corridors and understand the overlap with sage-grouse populations, understanding current and future mule deer highway mortality in Wyoming, modeling the benefits of policy and conservation easements to greater sage-grouse populations, conducting wetland condition assessments and prioritization, and estimating the vulnerability of species and ecosystems in Wyoming to climate change. She has published more than 20 scientific papers and maintains active research in Wyoming and the West. She holds degrees in geography from the University of Wyoming and the University of California, Davis.

Ben Wise

Ben is the Jackson Regional Brucellosis-Feedground-Habitat (BFH) Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). He is tasked with working to reduce the risk of transmission of communicable wildlife diseases (primarily Brucellosis) both inter- and intra-specific through adaptive feedground management, habitat treatments, and disease research. Ben grew up in Worland, WY, and received both undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming. After completion of his graduate degree, Ben began working at the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wildlife Research Center for a year before taking a permanent position with the WGFD as the Regional Terrestrial Habitat Biologist in Green River, WY. Ben worked with local land management partners and private landowners to develop and protect water sources in the Red Desert, plan and implement habitat projects in critical mule deer winter ranges of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd, and worked with private landowners to coordinate conservation easement purchases to protect critical wildlife habitat in perpetuity. After several years in Green River, Ben accepted a transfer to Jackson to utilize his knowledge of wildlife disease mitigation, habitat treatments, and wildlife management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This position has allowed Ben to further research many aspects of wildlife habitat management, including fire ecology and its effects on wildlife habitat selection, disease prevention and mitigation, and wildlife parturition and disease transmission. Ben has been a member of the Wyoming Chapter of TWS since 2011 and a member of TWS since 2014. He is currently the President-Elect for WY-TWS and is looking forward to giving back to the Chapter and wildlife profession as a whole.

Matt Hayes

Matt is a research scientist, PhD student, and owner of an environmental consulting company.Following his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, he completed his B.S. and M.S. in wildlife biology and management in 2012, both at the University of Wyoming. Since that time, Matt has worked as a research scientist investigating dynamics of large ungulates and raptors from Wyoming to Alaska as well as a variety of environmental issues throughout the western United States. Matt’s research interests are based on the merging and adaptation of new analytical and statistical techniques to address complex research and conservation problems in wildlife and natural resource management.

Daly Edmunds

Daly has served on the WY-TWS Board as Secretary since 2013. She received her master’s in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming, focusing on pronghorn antelope research in southwestern Wyoming. Currently Daly is the Director of Policy and Outreach for Audubon Rockies, a regional office of the National Audubon Society, which covers both Wyoming and Colorado. Prior to joining Audubon in 2009, she worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the National Wildlife Federation/Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

Nyssa Whitford

Hi! I am Nyssa and the treasurer for the Wyoming chapter of The Wildlife Society. When I am not doing the books or managing our chapter’s membership, I am the Sage-Grouse GIS Analyst with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. I have held this position for 11 years and am based in Lander. My background is mostly in GIS as I have a bachelor’s in Geography with a concentration in GIS and a minor in business from Appalachian State University. I have a master’s degree in GIS from Pennsylvania State University. While my background and education is in GIS, I do enjoy the integration of wildlife and GIS and do my best to keep abreast of the latest technologies and research in these fields. Working intimately with sage-grouse has also given me the opportunity to see political side of GIS and the impact that intersection can have on analysis and data representation. My husband and I own The Bike Mill, which is a small bike shop with a big heart, in downtown Lander. I try and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible and can be found most weekends, and many afternoons, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, or backpacking.

Board Member-at-large
Corinna Riginos

Corinna has spent most of her career working on wildlife-habitat relationships in human-dominated landscapes. Originally from Washington, DC, she completed her B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University in 2000 and high-tailed it to South Africa to study the effects of livestock grazing on desert shrubs. She went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis studying the effects of cattle-wildlife-habitat interactions in Kenya andcontinued work on rangeland monitoring, management, and restoration for the next several years. Throughout that time, she worked extensively with ranchers and land managers in Kenya who are trying to simultaneously meet livestock production and conservation goals. In 2012 she moved to Wyoming and soon began studying the effects of roads on Wyoming’s big game. Corinna works closely with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Migration Initiative, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and other partners to identify and prioritize for mitigation the areas where big game movements and migration patterns are most at risk from the effects of roads. Recently she has also started working with collaborators to identify areas where Golden Eagles are most at risk of getting hit by cars as they feed on ungulate carrion along roads. She is also working on sagebrush management issues and continuing some research in Kenya. Corinna is passionate about finding pragmatic conservation solutions through research, close partnerships with managers, and public outreach. She has been actively engaged with WY-TWS since 2013 when she helped to coordinate the Fellowship program for two summers. She is currently a Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. Outside of work, Corinna enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors with her family.

Board Member-at-large
Janet Marschner

Janet lives in Cheyenne, where she spends time with her horses, miniature donkey, and Theodore, her chocolate lab and pheasant hunting partner. She has had a rewarding 30-year career as a General Contractor/Real Estate Developer and CPA. An avid big game hunter, bird hunter, fly fisherwoman, and trap shooter, Janet also enjoys spending time with her horse Prairie in the Wyoming backcountry. She is an active member of the Wyoming community serving on several non-profit boards and volunteers as a Hunter Education Instructor for Wyoming Game & Fish Department and teacher for women’s classes, including shotguns and fly fishing. Janet is devoted to mentoring youth and women in enjoying Wyoming’s outdoors. She is an advocate for Wyoming’s wildlife and public lands for future generations to enjoy hunting, fishing, and hiking.