Julie Carter - Arizona Game & Wildlife Dept.
Julie is the Statewide Native Aquatics Program Manager with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, overseeing a program with 35 species of native fish. She has almost 20 years of experience working with native fish; her focal areas in Arizona include native trout and other native aquatic species conservation, and she spent many years in Alaska working on native salmonid research projects. Julie is still actively involved in native trout conservation in the west, and currently serves as the Chair of the Western Native Trout Initiative Steering Committee. She received her B.S. in Biology with Wildlife and Fisheries Management Emphasis from Northern Arizona University in 1995, and her M.S. in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003.
David Hu - BLM National Fisheries Biologist
David Hu came to the BLM WO position in November, 2013. Dave formerly worked for the US Forest Service as a Fisheries Program Manager on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Vancouver, WA. Prior to that Dave worked as a Habitat Restoration Coordinator for the USFWS Anadromous Fish Restoration Program up and down California’s Central Valley and previously with the New Mexico Game and Fish working on cutthroat, native fish inventories and the NMDFG Ichthyological museum collection. Dave also has a background studying desert arthropods in his native New Mexico
Heidi Blasius - Desert Fishes Council
Heidi is a fisheries biologist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Safford Field Office, AZ. She received a BS Degree in Environmental Resources with an emphasis in habitat management and a MS Degree in Zoology with an emphasis in native fish conservation and management from Arizona State University (ASU). Her passion and love for native fish developed and was fostered by her professor Dr. WL Minckley while she was a student at ASU. Heidi considers it a privilege to be able to work with Arizona’s desert fish and believes it is her duty to educate the public to their plight and to speak out on their behalf.
Harry Crockett - Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Harry Crockett has served as Native Aquatic Species Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) since 2011. In this capacity he represents Colorado on the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership, Upper Colorado and San Juan Endangered Fish Recovery Programs, Greenback and Colorado River Cutthroat Recovery Teams, Boreal Toad Recovery Team and others. He also coordinates Colorado’s conservation efforts for native fish and amphibians statewide. Before assuming this role he worked for CPW as an Area Aquatic Biologist and subsequently as an Aquatic Researcher. A native of North Carolina, Harry has made Colorado his home for the past 23 years. Before receiving his M.S. he worked for a number of seasons as a river guide, and continues to fish, canoe, raft, and otherwise enjoy Colorado’s outstanding aquatic resources. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s in Aquatic Ecology from Colorado State University (2004).
Steve Parmenter - California Deptartment of Fish & Wildlife
Steve is a senior fishery biologist for California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Inland Deserts Region. He leads conservation, recovery, and streamflow protection for 12 imperiled native fishes in a 15,000 mi2 swath of the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts. Current interests include restoration of emergent alkali marsh, management for genetic conservation, developing new techniques for invasive species removal, and endangered species policy. Steve has his BA in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied aquatic ecology in Sweden
Timmie Mandish - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Timmie is the Western National Fish Biologist for the NRCS where she provides technical assistance and training to 13 western states out of their West National Technology Support Center in Portland, OR. She has 20 years of experience in the natural resources field primarily focused on fisheries biology and habitat restoration, and how restoration practices can be integrated into viable solutions for working landscapes. Timmie has developed, managed and implemented stream restoration projects across the Pacific NW and Alaska, as well as developed strategic prioritization tools to integrate current research and monitoring data into a GIS format to highlight restoration actions that can provide the greatest benefit to aquatic species, while vetting those actions by feasibility.
Vacant - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Mark Smith - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Mark Smith is the Assistant Fisheries Management Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. In his current position Mark shares responsibility for managing the state of Wyoming’s sportfisheries and conservation of native fish, reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans. Mark is a graduate of Utah State University (BS, Fisheries Management) and the University of Wyoming (MS, Zoology and Physiology).
Megan Bean- Texas Parks & Wildlife Rep.
Megan is a Watershed Ecologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She has a MS degree in Biology from Texas State University - San Marocs where she studied native fish conservation in the Rio Grande basin. As a Watershed Ecologist, she coordinates the planning, design, and implemtation of landscape-scale habitat restoration, enhancement, and preservation projects in priority rivers and associated watersheds. She also provides technical guidance on conservation best management practices to landowners and local community partners to support healthy rivers, natural habitat conditions, sustainable native fish populations, and high-quality conservation-oriented recreational activities in Texas rivers. She loves spending time playing outside and camping with her husband and two little boys.
John Wullschleger - National Park Service
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