The Team at Craighead Beringia South
Executive Director & Senior Scientist
Derek is the founder and president of Craighead Beringia South. He received his BA and MS 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, 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.
Avian Program Director
Bryan was born and raised just outside of Chicago and moved to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he became interested 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 he began volunteering with Craighead Beringia South: Bryan started out helping to find raptor and raven nests and assisted 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 and heads 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.
Marilyn is a wildlife biologist and currently serves as the Education Director of Craighead Beringia South (CBS), where she has been working since 2005. She received her M. Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Montana State University, where she also spent her undergraduate years in pursuit of a BS degree in Wildlife Ecology. Marilyn worked formerly as the Coordinator for the Teton Cougar Project, and still provides logistical support for this project. In her current capacity, Marilyn brings CBS’s research projects into classrooms around Jackson Hole and Mongolia. Through her efforts, students experience hands-on learning about pressing local issues like environmental toxicity and cougar ecology in Jackson Hole, and the conservation of the Gobi bear in Mongolia. Born in France, Marilyn has raised three sons and enjoys fishing, hunting, dancing, hiking, tracking, and gardening.
Biologist, Avian Program Graduate Student
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 the fall of 2011, Ross began graduate studies at the University of Montana with the Golden Eagle project in South Central Montana.
Biologist, Cougar Monitoring Graduate Student
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.
Biologist, Avian Program
Katherine was born and raised in the pines of North Carolina and graduated with a BA 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 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.
Biologist, Avian Program Graduate Student
Trapper has been a seasonal technician on the raven project since 2005. He completed both Wildlife and Geology undergraduate degrees at the University of Montana, where he is now pursuing a Master's degree. He will be modeling Craighead Beringia South's Sage-Grouse data. Trapper is working on his Wilderness First Responder's Certification in the Tetons. Trapper enjoys break dancing, rock climbing, baking and statistics.