The Team at Craighead Beringia South
Derek is the founder and president of Craighead Beringia South (CBS). Derek received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. For more than a decade, he worked in Alaska as a supervisor for the Naval Arctic Research Laboratories’ Animal Research facility in Barrow, Alaska, and as a regional biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He returned to Montana as director of the Wildlife-Wildlands Institute. Derek is presently serving on the board of The Peregrine Fund. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Derek is an ardent hiker, fly-fisherman, lifelong falconer and an experienced bush pilot. Derek and his wife, Sophie, have two children, Scotty and Sage, and a houseful of pets.
Bryan was born and raised just outside of Chicago and moved to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he began his interest in studying birds. While obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biology, he was always either researching raptors or fishing. After finishing, he and his wife, Emily, moved to Jackson Hole where began volunteering with Craighead Beringia South finding raptor and raven nests and assisting with Red-tailed Hawk trapping for the satellite migration study. He then obtained his Master's degree from Arkansas State University studying the raven population of Jackson Hole. He is currently the Avian Program Director heading up golden eagle, bald eagle, red-tail hawk, raven, sage-grouse and osprey studies with cooperating agencies. He enjoys BBQing, bluegrass, hunting, birding, fishing and officiating marriages.
A wildlife biologist with a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Design Marilyn has been working with Craighead Beringia South since 2005. As an educator Marilyn has developed school wide environmental education programs and led secondary education outdoor wilderness programs. As part of CBS's Gobi Bear of the Mongolian Desert project Marilyn and her colleagues have completed a book on bear conservation to educate students in rural Mongolia. The book will guide students and teachers through a series of ecological activities contributing to their understanding of wildlife conservation and management. Marilyn also provides logistical support to the Teton Cougar Project, and was formerly the TCP Coordinator. Born in France Marilyn has raised three sons and enjoys fishing, hunting, dancing, hiking, tracking and gardening.
Field biologist for the Avian Program at Craighead Beringia South, Ross came to Jackson Hole after several years of field experience in Argentina, Alaska, New Mexico, and California working on a variety of sensitive bird species including Black Oystercatchers, Spotted Owls, and Red-crested Cardinals. A Wisconsin native, Ross attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and majored in Wildlife Ecology in 2005. Ross is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, hiking, making instruments, and playing music. In Fall of 2011 Ross began graduate studies at the University of Montana with the Golden Eagle project in South Central Montana.
Originally from the farmlands of Illinois Peter first moved to the west to study Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since then Peter has worked on a wide variety of field projects ranging from sea turtle conservation in Gabon to cougar ecology in Alberta. Peter has also studied plague dynamics in black-tailed prairie dogs in Colorado, desert tortoise conservation in Utah and pronghorn rutting behavior in Montana. Peter moved to Jackson in the spring of 2008 to work with the Teton Cougar Project. He enjoys skiing, fishing and outdoor photography.
Katherine was born and raised in the pines of North Carolina and graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College. She has a variety of field experience ranging from conducting bird censuses in Tanzania to researching avian speciation in white sand forests of the Peruvian Amazon. In 2009 Katherine headed out west to Jackson to work as an avian field technician at Grand Teton National Park. She joined the Craighead Beringia South team to work on the raven and eagle projects. When she is not bird-watching, Katherine enjoys running, doing arts and crafts, and playing old timey numbers with her family band, the Carolina Cardinals.
Trapper has been a seasonal technician on the raven project since 2005. After completing his undergraduate degree in both Wildlife and Geology, Trapper will continue his education by pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Montana. He will be modeling Craighead Beringia South's sage-grouse data. In addition Trapper is working on his Wilderness First Responder's Certification in the Tetons. Trapper enjoys break dancing, rock climbing, baking and statistics.
Craighead Beringia South is operated by a Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
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