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2018 Executive Board

President
Ben Wise
benjamin.wise@wyo.gov

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 for WY-TWS and is looking forward to giving back to the Chapter and wildlife profession as a whole.

President-Elect
Embere Hall
emberehall@gmail.com

Embere is a postdoctoral Research Scientist with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. She is interested in the ecological effects of climate change, how wildlife can adjust to new environments, and management strategies that promote species’ resilience. Prior to joining the Coop Unit, Embere served as the Research Director for the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of Wyoming, her MS from Iowa State University, and her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Embere has been involved with WY-TWS for more than a decade, and looks forward to giving back to the society during her term on the Executive Board.

Past-President
Holly Copeland
hcopeland@tnc.org

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.

Secretary
Daly Edmunds
dedmunds@audubon.org

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.

Treasurer
Nyssa Whitford
treasurerwytws@gmail.com

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
criginos@gmail.com

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
Anika Mahoney
anikamahoney@gmail.com

Anika is a biologist within the Nongame Program of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Lander, Wyoming.  Her current research examines the distributions and habitat associations of >40 species of birds and mammals of conservation need across the state. Anika made Wyoming home after completing a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and spending 8 years as an itinerant field biologist conducting research on birds and mammals across the country. She received an M.S. in Zoology in 2015 from the University of Wyoming’s Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit investigating the potential indirect impacts of wind energy development on grassland birds.  When she’s not working, Anika loves to spend time  outside with her family, and is learning to mountain bike.