Lisel Alamilla is Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Belize. Minister Alamilla was awarded the 2012 Whitley Fund for Nature award, one of world’s most prestigious conservation awards. She was selected due to her inspirational conservation leadership as executive director of the Ya'axché Conservation Trust. Learn More ››
Thor Hanson is an author, independent conservation biologist and an instructor with the North Cascades Institute in Washington State. He is the author of “Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle,” which examines the evolution of feathers and their use through time by both birds and humans. The book is the 2013 winner of the prestigious John Burroughs Medal Award, the 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the AAA/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Learn More ››
Wildlife biologist Steve Amstrup is a world-renowned polar bear expert and chief scientist for the Bozeman-based NGO Polar Bears International. In September 2012, in recognition of his accomplishments in polar bear conservation, Steve was awarded the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. Amstrup has authored or coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on the movement, distribution and population dynamics of large mammals. Learn More ››
Richard Fischer is a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Mississippi. He has served as president of the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association and as chair of the Department of Defense Partners in Flight Research and Monitoring Working Group. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 peer-reviewed, conference and in-house papers; presented more than 60 papers at national and international conferences; and trained over 1,800 Federal and non-Federal natural resource managers as lead instructor in 48 national and international training courses.
Keith Owens is head of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. Keith has is recognized internationally for his rangeland management expertise and research. He was the recipient of the Society of Range Management’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006. That same year he received the Vice Chancellor Award in Excellence for Off-campus Research from Oklahoma State University. Learn More ››
Wally Butler is the Range and Livestock Specialist for the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, based in Boise. He is currently president of the Society for Range Management. He was awarded the Society for Range Management’s prestigious W R Chapline Land Stewardship Award in 2011. Wally’s comprehensive understanding of range issues and his expertise in monitoring and evaluation of rangeland have been a great resource to Idaho. He served on Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Sage-Grouse Task Force in 2012.
Marla Schwartz is a co-owner of North Woods Nursery, Inc. in Elk River, Idaho. She serves on Idaho Pitkin Forest Nursery Advisory Committee. Schwartz’s passion for reforestation began years ago as a student studying plant science and horticulture and continued when she and her husband, Jim Schwartz, established their reforestation nursery in Elk River. She is supporting nursery production training in Haiti, in partnership with CNR.
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Paul McDaniel is a professor of soil science with the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences. He is an expert on what makes the soils of the Palouse unique. Paul began teaching at UI in 2002. He is also affiliate faculty at the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), in Turrialba, Costa Rica. He served as technical editor of Soil Science Society of America Journal from 2006 to 2011.