Principal, Botanist / Ecologist
Steven K. Rust – Over 30 years’ experience in botany and plant ecology with National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game; extensive knowledge of temperate terrestrial ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains; project leadership experience in USDA Forest Service FIA, CSE, and FIA Intensification projects; expert data analyst with knowledge of common agency inventory data management tools, modeling platforms, data structures, and content; accomplished botanist with extensive knowledge of the Pacific Northwest flora. Ecological Society of America Certified Senior Ecologist and Certified Wetland Delineator.
MS Forest Resources, University of Washington; BS Botany, University of Washington
Robert Schantz – Expertise in stand diagnosis and prescriptions, marking guidelines, and logging and transportation planning for developing proposed actions and NEPA compliance; served on Mt. Hood, Willamette, Deschutes, and Ochoco national forests; provided logging systems, transportation planning, and potential harvest units for the Blue Mts. Forest Resiliency Project; extensive experience with silviculture of dry, coniferous forest of the Columbia Basin; active in Society of American Foresters and as a certified inspector with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). USDA Forest Service certified silviculturist and sale planner (retired).
MS and BS Forestry, Oregon State University
Ayn Shlisky Hunt – Experience in range management, forest vegetation ecology, vegetation modeling, fire ecology and restoration; has led ecosystem restoration and land management planning processes in Forest- and international-level contexts; experience with forest and rangeland ecosystems on the northern Sierras and the Oregon Cascade Range.
PhD Ecosystem Science, University of California Berkley; MS Range Management, University of California Berkley
Jacqueline L. Dougherty – Over ten years’ experience in ecology, threatened species conservation, animal care, and field leadership; experience includes work with carnivorous mammals, birds, reptiles, and macroinvertebrates of the northern Great Basin and Pacific Northwest; common stand exams in Northern Rocky Mountains; proficient with forest mensuration technical concepts and measurement tools, plant identification, aerial photography interpretation, and GIS
BS Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Physical Geography, Pennsylvania State University
Danielle M. Kies – Four years’ experience conducting natural resource fieldwork and forestry college instruction; proficient with forest mensuration technical concepts and measurement tools, plant identification, aerial photography interpretation, and GIS
MS Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College; BAS Forest Resource Management, Green River College
Pamela I. Bond – Ten years’ experience in enterprise spatial data management with expertise in geodatabase administration, Python scripting for automated tasks, electronic field data collection solutions, and workflow documentation; prior wildlife field experience with great gray owls, flammulated owls, Northern Idaho ground squirrels, fisher, wolverine, mule deer, elk, black bears, greater sage-grouse, and bald eagles
MS Geographical Information Science, Idaho State University; BS Biology, Idaho State University