December 7, 2016

Former Staff and Students


2017 Alumni


martin_bMartin Becker, MEM | A native of Santiago, Chile, Martin has spent the last 4 years working for public agencies and NGO’s promoting public-private partnerships for managing public lands and tourism in Chile’s National Parks. At FES, he was interested in acquiring and applying new GIS skills for managing large-scale conservation initiatives and improving agricultural management practices. Martin brought his enthusiasm and energy for land stewardship as a research analyst for UHPSI. In his free time, Martin enjoys hiking and climbing mountains, drinking coffee or wine and traveling to new places with his wife Josefina. See what Martin has been up to.


juliaJulia Calderón, MF | Julia is a second year Master of Forestry student with a background in environmental sciences. She has worked assisting in community based forest projects such as land planning, restoration, sustainable forest management for timber and agroforestry foraging with local species from a non-profit and the national autonomous university of Mexico in different agrarian communities in Mexico in dry forest, temperate forest and mangrove ecosystems. Julia assisted the Northern Plains Resource Council and the City of Billings in designing an urban compost program in Fall 2016. See what Julia has been up to.


elizabethElizabeth Domenech, MEM | Elizabeth graduated in 2017 with a MEM degree. She is from Austin, Texas and is interested in large-scale conservation solutions with a focus on the Western U.S. Prior to coming to F&ES, she served as the Director of the Shield-Ayres Foundation, a family foundation supporting natural resource conservation, health and human services, and education and the arts in Central Texas. Elizabeth worked with UHPSI to bring a diverse set of practitioners (ranchers, managers, conservationists) to New Haven to talk about Western land conservation issues, and worked with TNC on designing protocols for monitoring fence crossings by wildlife in Wyoming. See what Elizabeth has been up to.


Taylor Ganz, MESc | Taylor graduated from FES with a MESc degree in 2017 . She’s interested in environmental research relevant to public lands management in the American West, and worked with UHPSI to study the impact of air pollution on alpine watersheds. Taylor is originally from California but has lived and worked across the West, primarily in Idaho and Wyoming. She now studies carnivore – ungulate interactions in Washington State. See what Taylor has been up to. | Blog


henryHenry Glick, MESc, PhD Candidate – Lead Researcher | Henry provided analytical, spatial, and statistical expertise wherever it’s needed in the UHPSI lab. He was responsible for the development and maintenance of UHPSI’s in-house Geographic Information System, and has spent considerable time creating geographic models of the current land cover across the Ucross Ranch, as well as statistically evaluating the accuracy of those models. Henry loves to use spatial statistics to explore ecological problems, and applied them to UHPSI whenever possible. See what Henry has been up to.


luke Luke Menard, MEM | Luke graduated with a MEM degree in 2017. He is from western Massachusetts. He is interested in learning how spatial analysis and financial tools can be incorporated into successful land management for conservation gains in the west. Luke recently worked in Portland, OR, where he used geospatial software to estimate the landscape-level effects of industrial forest management regime shifts on the abundance and health of Pacific NW forest resources. Luke assisted UHPSI with geospatial projects, such as mapping conservation priority lands in western states. See what Luke has been up to.


Joshua Morse, MESc | Josh is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in how people value nature, and how these values inform (or, don’t inform!) natural resource policy. His work as a Ucross Western Research Fellow and Masters student at Yale FES focused on mapping the stakeholder community surrounding Wyoming’s Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. In his free time, Josh enjoys fly fishing, playing mandolin, and exploring with his dog Pepper. See what Josh has been up to. | Blog


lucyanneLucyann Murray, MBA, MF | Lucyann graduated in 2017 with a MBA/MF at the Yale School’s of Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her studies at Yale focused on sustainable land management at the intersection of business and the environment. Her interest lies in finding innovative and sustainable ways for a land use and enjoyment. Lucyann worked with Wyoming rancher Shane Cross, performing market analysis and financial modeling, helping Shane and his family move towards grass finishing and direct marketing of their beef. See what Lucyann has been up to. | Blog


nick_oNick Olson, MF – Assistant Director | Nick graduated from F&ES with a Master of Forestry and joined the Ucross team as Assistant Director in Spring 2016. In this role, Nick helps expand Ucross relationships in the Rockies and in New Haven, assists the Western Research Fellows, and connects students with projects across the American West. In September 2016, Nick married his sweetheart, Cass, who he met while working in the Upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador.


devin_rDevin Routh, MA, MFS | Devin spent much of his efforts designing new algorithms and statistical operations on a Google Earth Engine research project investigating the automated detection of invasive species with satellite imagery. Devin is in the midst of starting a meadery at his family farm in North Carolina. He continues to share his expertise on all things bee with folks in Wyoming and New Haven. See what Devin has been up to.


becca Rebecca Shively, MEM | Rebecca graduated with a MEM degree in 2017. She has interests in water resources, climate resilience and the American west. She was born and raised in Oregon, and came to FES after four years in Washington D.C. where she was a political appointee at USDA working on water policy and drought response with NRCS and the US Forest Service. Becca worked with the Savory Institute to connect FES students with increased on-the-ground knowledge of holistic management and rangeland stewardship. See what Rebecca has been up to. | Blog


hannahHannah Walchak, MEM | Hannah graduated in 2017 with an MEM degree. She studied the intersection of land conservation and agricultural management. She spent the summer of 2016 working at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, where she fell in love with the magic of Maui. At Ucross, she worked with TNC’s Tensleep Preserve and Spear-O Mountain Campus, both in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, to develop background research, feasibility studies, and management plans for a few different multi-use collaborative research and recreation outposts. See what Hannah has been up to.


2016 Alumni


leanne Leanne Weiss, MEM | Leanne graduated in 2016 with a MEM from F&ES. Hailing from Oregon, Leanne has spent the last four years working with ocean fishermen off the coast of Oregon to design sustainable fisheries management practices. Leanne spent the summer of 2015 based jointly in Sheridan and Ucross, splitting time working on UHPSI projects around the ranch, while also assisting the Sheridan Community Land Trust with a variety of on the ground projects. See what Leanne has been up to.


laurel_w Laurel Williams, MEM | Laurel graduated in 2016 as a mid career MEM student at F&ES. Before coming back to school, Laurel spent nine years working on public lands issues in the West and Washington, DC. While on the west coast, she worked with diverse stakeholders including Native American tribes, ranchers, and elected officials to craft and pass conservation legislation. Laurel works with Elizabeth, coordinating increased interaction between FES students and western stewardship practitioners. Laurel and her husband just welcomed daughter Adelyn, and can’t wait to introduce her to the high plains and mountains of the West. See what Laurel has been up to.


2015 Alumni


megan_b Megan Brakeley, MEM | Megan graduated in 2015 with an M.E.M from F&ES. Her background lies in education, farming, and environmental studies. With these three values guiding Megan’s graduate studies, it was a perfect fit to bring her into the Ucross fold to work with the Clearmont School on designing a set of mapping classes focused on sustainable land management practices. Over Yale’s 2015 spring break, Megan and Charlie traveled to Ucross to work with middle-school students in their science and agricultural classes. See what Megan has been up to.


bryce_k Bryce Kellog, MESc | Bryce graduated in 2015 with an MESc from F&ES. As a native of central Oregon, Bryce has a strong connection to rangelands, and pursued this interest in project work Spring 2015. Bryce built an ecological model of cheatgrass distribution based on satellite and weather data (essentially predicting its spatial extent and longevity of green-out), and then built a resource allocation model that maximized early season grazing of cheatgrass (when it is still a viable forage crop) with the fewest resources possible. See what Bryce has been up to.


catherine_k Catherine Kuhn, MESc | After two years of working with the UHPSI team, Catherine graduated in the Spring of 2015 with an MESc from F&ES, and has gone on to pursue a PhD at the University of Washington. A native of Kansas, Catherine spent five years before F&ES in the Bay Area teaching watershed ecology, biology and conservation to high school students as part of the Oakland Teaching Fellows program. She is interested in watershed scale conservation and management with an emphasis on how land use practices can improve community resilience in the high plains. See what Catherine has been up to.


lindsi_sLindsi Seegmiller, MESc | Lindsi served as UHPSI’s specialist in the acquisition, manipulation, and analysis of satellite imagery from May 2013 through October 2015. Among other things, she was in charge of using this imagery to identify the distribution and relative abundance of invasive species across the landscape, as well as developing web-compatible tools that allow the public to perform complex geospatial analysis. See what Lindsi has been up to.


jeff_s Jeffrey Stoike, PhD | Jeff finished his PhD at F&ES in January of 2016. His PhD work has been focused on building sustainable relationships in Brazil between landowners, managers, government, NGO’s, and many other stakeholders around issues of conservation and land management. With a sharp eye towards communication and landowner engagement, and a burgeoning interest in the American West, Jeff has been working with Shane Cross, who helps run his family’s ranch outside of Douglas, WY. See what Jeffrey has been up to.


sophie_y Sophie Young, MEM | Sophie graduated in 2015 with an M.E.M from F&ES. Originally from California, Sophie has spent time in working landscapes around the world, including China and Spain. Sophie brought her expertise in land use and economic development to UHPSI in the spring of 2015 as she worked on her master’s thesis in collaboration with Mountain Meadow Wool (MMW). Inspired by a set of conversations with Valerie Spanos and Karen Hostetler at MMW, Sophie dove into the world of fiber production, researching a variety of topics and helping MMW design a set of best practices to use with their producers. See what Sophie has been up to.