Bob Crabtree — Founder & Chief Scientist
After completing his PhD at the University of Idaho studying coyote ecology, Bob launched a wild canine research program in Yellowstone just in time for the restoration of gray wolves. But over his 30 years working in the Greater Yellowstone, Bob’s research interests have sought a more holistic connection between nature, people, and technology. That’s led to what Bob calls “Adaptive Ecology”, studying not only how ecosystems adapt to changing conditions, but how the science of ecology must adapt to social and technological changes as well. That focus drives YERC’s mission today.
Melissa Todd — Office administrator
Melissa balances the budget, administers the finances, and keeps YERC's business operations running so the scientists can do their jobs. Juggling the complex needs of a non-profit, which always includes resolving the occasional minor emergency, is nothing new for Melissa. She previously worked for a travelling theater company and for Bozeman's Intermountain Opera. And having always been interested in water issues affecting the West—she majored in geography at Montana State University with a minor in water resources— YERC's Adaptive Ecology mission is a particularly good fit for our office administrator.
Patrick Cross — Research Director
Patrick first worked for YERC in 2008 as one of the last field techs on the 20-year Canid Ecology Project. That is when he found out about Bob's interest in Yellowstone's mountain fox population and YERC's work with graduate students to learn more about these animals. A few years later, Patrick became one of these graduate students, and after defending his thesis, started working full time for YERC. As YERC’s research director, he is able to pursue his professional interests, supporting conservation decision-making through solid science while sharing its stories with a broader audience for the benefit of wildlife and people alike.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Steve Attell - Hopkins Marine Lab, Monterey, Stanford University, (Ret.)
Andy LaMora - Topcoder /Wipro. Global Director - Data, Analytics, & Artificial Intelligence.
Jeff Reed - Arrow Electronics. VP of Microsoft Global Alliance. Previously, CTO at Arrow’s Systems Integration division.
Krystyna Wolniakowski - Executive DIrector, Columbia Gorge Commission. Former Regional Director of Western Partnership Office of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
Carly Vynne - Principal and Lead Ecologist, Osprey Insights LLC. Strategic Partner, RESOLVE. Manager, Quick Response Fund for Nature
Joan Sherlock - President, Committee for Green Foothills. Previously, VP Digital Marketing and VP Worldwide Marketing Programs, SAP
David Gill - Director of Engineering, Boeing (Ret.)
Rick Wollum - Retail Manager, Angler’s West Fly Fishing in Paradise Valley, MT. Fly-du-jour expert on the Yellowstone River.
Mike Sutton - Member, Emeritus. Executive Director, Goldman Environmental Foundation. Previously, VP Monterey Bay Aquarium.
SCIENCE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Edward (Oz) Garton - University of Idaho
Matt Holloran - Operational Conservation, LLC
Shengli Huang - USDA Forest Service
Hannah Jaicks - City University of New York
John Kerekes - Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrew Marcus - University of Oregon
Chris Mowry - Berry College
Paul Moorcroft - Harvard University
Meredith Hecker - University of Providence
Jack Norland - North Dakota State University
Christopher Potter - NASA-Ames Research Center
Jack Stanford - University of Montana
Adrian Treves - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Cathy Whitlock - Montana State University
Kenneth Wilson - Colorado State University
Subhash Lele - University of Alberta