List of Contributors

LAUREN ANDERSON works for the National Wildlife Federation, covering climate, energy, and wildlife conservation policy. She received a master of public policy from Oregon State University, where she worked on climate and renewable energy issues. Prior to obtaining her degree, she worked for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and the Great Basin Institute after receiving a bachelor of biology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

MARK W. BRUNSON is a professor of environment and society at Utah State University. His work applies concepts and methods from the social and ecological sciences to understand the complex dynamics of human-environment interactions, focusing on the causes and consequences of human behaviors in deserts and rangelands.

CHARLES DAVIS is a professor of political science at Colorado State University. His teaching interests lie within the areas of energy and environmental policy, and his recent research activities include papers on the politics of fracking and renewable energy policymaking.

SHANE DAY is an assistant professor in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and an affiliated faculty member in the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on the intersections of environmental policy, indigenous group self-governance, economic development, and intergovernmental relations. He is particularly interested in fisheries, forestry, and protected lands management; indigenous comanagement of natural resources; agricultural policy; and multiscale and multilevel governance.

P. CASEY GIORDANO received his bachelor of science in geology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his master of science in secondary education from Molloy College. He is currently a graduate student at Oregon State University. Casey lives on Long Island, New York, where he works as a science teacher and is a part-time park ranger for the National Park Service.

JODI A. HILTY is an expert on wildlife corridors and is the president and chief scientist of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. For more than twenty years, she has worked to advance conservation by leading science- and community-based and collaborative conservation to advance policy and management. Jodi has been the coeditor or lead author on three books. She currently serves on the board of the Smith Fellowship and as deputy chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Connectivity Committee.

MAYA J. HILTY, hailing from Grand Junction, Colorado, is an undergraduate student studying biology at Carleton College in Minnesota. Maya interned with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) in 2019, researching endangered species, corridor connectivity, and climate change policy on public lands in the western United States. She is eager to spend more time with Y2Y during the summer of 2020 compiling information about indigenous peoples throughout the Y2Y region. An avid wildlife and nature enthusiast, Maya loves hiking, cross-country running, and camping. At school, she enjoys volunteering on the student farm and playing piano in her free time, and she is looking forward to studying abroad in Patagonia during the fall of 2020 with Round River Conservation Studies.

AERIN L. JACOB, is the conservation scientist at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. She previously held a Liber Ero and Wilberforce Fellowship. Aerin earned her bachelor of science at the University of British Columbia and her doctorate at McGill University, and she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Victoria.

CHRISTEAN JENKINS holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from University of Washington Tacoma, where she served as staff reporter for the Tacoma Ledger newspaper. Christean is passionate about educating youth to create a sustainable impact. She is committed to ensuring that all communities, including those of low-income and people of color, are educated and represented in environmental issues.

ANNA KARMAZINA is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. The focus of her research is on energy politics and policy, with accent on transitions to sustainable energy systems. Her research has been published in Energy Research and Social Sciences.

ROBERT B. KEITER is the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law and a university distinguished professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. His books include To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea and Keeping Faith with Nature: Ecosystems, Democracy, and America’s Public Lands.

DOUG KENNEY is director of the Western Water Policy Program at the University of Colorado. He has written extensively on several water-related issues, including law and policy reform, watershed-scale planning, and climate change adaptation, and he has made presentations in twenty-one states, eight nations, and five continents.

TOM M. KOONTZ is a professor of environmental policy at the University of Washington Tacoma. For more than twenty years, his research has examined collaborative watershed governance, institutions, citizen participation, and natural resource management. He has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, and numerous policy reports and book chapters. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Forestry and Society and Natural Resources, and he currently serves on the editorial board of the Policy Studies Journal and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

DONNA L. LYBECKER is a professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University. Her research and teaching focus on environmental politics and international relations, with emphasis on water policy, political narrative, and border studies. Publications include articles in Environmental Politics, Policy Sciences, and Politics and Policy.

KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought leader whose work addresses the moral urgency of action on the climate and extinction emergencies. She is author or coeditor of thirteen books, most recently Moral Ground, Great Tide Rising, and Piano Tide, winner of the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. Witness: The Human Rights Impacts of Fracking and The Terrible Silence of the Sky are forthcoming in 2020. Distinguished professor emerita at Oregon State University, she writes from Oregon and Alaska.

JOHN RUPLE is an associate professor of law and fellow with the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is a faculty affiliate with the university’s Global Change and Sustainability Center and its Institute for Clean and Secure Energy.

CHRISTOPHER A. SIMON is a professor of political science at University of Utah. He conducts research in alternative energy policy, land-use policy, public administration, and military sociology. He is coauthor (with David Bernell) of The Energy Security Dilemma: US Policy and Practice, coauthor (with Brent Steel and Nicholas Lovrich) of State and Local Government: Sustainability in the 21st Century, and sole author of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility and the third edition of Public Policy: Preferences and Outcomes. His articles have appeared in American Politics Research, Armed Forces and Society, Comparative Technology Transfer and Society, Energy Research and Social Science, Land Use Policy Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, and Social Science Quarterly.

BRENT S. STEEL is a professor and director of the Public Policy Graduate Program in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. He teaches courses in comparative public policy, politics, and administration. Steel is coeditor of New Strategies for Wicked Problems: Science and Solutions in the 21st Century and editor of Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies.

ERIC TOMAN is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University. His research examines environmental management decisions in the context of environmental and social change. Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Eric earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in forest resources from Oregon State University and his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Utah State University.

KIM G. TROTTER is the US program director of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). Before joining Y2Y, she served as executive director at the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, and was previously the director of Trout Unlimited’s Idaho Water Project. She received a master of environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

REBECCA L. WARNER is a professor of sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, where she teaches courses in research methods. She is the principal investigator of Oregon State Advance, a five-year program funded by the National Science Foundation to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Professor Warner has published on environmental policy, science policy, and renewable energy policy in journals such as the Journal of Rural Community and Development, Environmental Management, Science, Technology, and Human Values, and Comparative Technology Transfer and Society.

ERIKA ALLEN WOLTERS is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. She is the former director of Oregon State University’s Policy Analysis Laboratory. Her research and teaching interests include science and policy, environmental politics and policy, and the politics of climate change. She is coauthor of When Ideology Trumps Science: Why We Question the Experts on Everything from Climate Change to Vaccinations.

HILARY C. YOUNG is the Alberta program manager for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. The connectivity of habitats at different scales was a key component of her PhD work, which focused on how animals in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country move in and around forest cut blocks.


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