Abbey is a Research Fellow in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. With a background in ecology and conservation biology, her current work focuses on the development and application of decision science tools to help inform management and policy decisions for wildlife and threatened species conservation.
Conrad Reining is Senior Associate Director for Advancement and Administration at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In this position, he helps the Dean of the Faculty ensure that more than 40 academic departments and programs have the resources necessary to carry out a wide range of research, teaching and service activities.
Chris Pupke is the Executive Director of the Biophilia Foundation. Biophilia partners with organizations that have a direct, on-the-ground impact for wildlife. Biophilia supports projects that restore wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay, protect jaguar habitat in the Sonoran Desert, reconnect migratory routes for elk in the Rocky Mountains, and more.
Danielle has worked in both the U.S. and Canadian conservation community for over three decades most recently as a senior director at the Natural Resources Defense Council focused on U.S.-Canada issues including energy development and forestry impacts.
Diana Hadley is retired from the University of Arizona, where she served as Associate Curator of Ethnohistory and Director of the Arizona State Museum’s Office of Ethnohistorical Research, specializing in the translation and editing of Spanish historical documents. She continues to focus her work on the history of land use and ecological change in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.
David has published dozens of scientific papers on the ecology and conservation biology of wildlife and is an award-winning science communicator known for his wide-ranging outreach efforts.
Dr. Koontz received a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1984 from the University of Maryland. Over the course of his career, Dr. Koontz has worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust (now called “EcoHealth Alliance”) and, most recently, the Woodland Park Zoo, where he served as Vice President of Field Conservation.
Karen Beazley is Full Professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she has also served as Director and as Academic Program Coordinator since1998.
Roshan is a media producer living in Washington, D.C. He earned his MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and has produced short films for a variety of topics, ranging from lions in western India to the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea artifacts and ecosystems.
Steve Olson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife and Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University. Steve joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2000 as Director of Governmental Affairs.
Wendy Francis, one of Canada’s senior conservationists, has spent most of her career advocating for wilderness and wildlife. Wendy was the founding Conservation Director for CPAWS in Calgary, Director of Conservation Science for Ontario Nature in Toronto, and Program Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.