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Jon Beckmann
Pronghorn Project Coordinator
As an Associate Conservation Scientist in the WCS North America Program, Jon is the Principle Investigator or Co-PI on several projects in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in other regions of North America. Jon’s current research and conservation projects include: 1) examining the impacts of natural gas development in the Upper Green River Basin, Wyoming on the migrating pronghorn of Grand Teton National Park and western Wyoming; 2) protecting moose and elk migration between Yellowstone National Park and winter range in southeast Idaho by understanding and reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and limiting rural residential sprawl in migration corridors; 3) an on-going 15-year study investigating and reducing human-bear conflicts along the wildland-urban interface in the Lake Tahoe Basin of the Sierra Nevada Mountains; 4) using detection dogs to examine connectivity issues for large carnivores in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; 5) examining the impacts of the border fence along the US-Mexico border on wildlife connectivity; and 6) understanding how human-altered environments impact mountain lion ecology, behavior and population dynamics in the Great Basin Desert. Jon has studied a diverse array of species, ranging from black bears and mountain lions to pronghorn, small mammals, and shorebirds, addressing numerous conservation-oriented questions. His main interests are mammalian behavioral ecology, population ecology, and conservation biology. He is interested in the effects that anthropogenic factors have on the abundance, distribution, and behavior of mammals, particularly carnivores. Along with >20 publications, Jon is lead editor on a 2010 book titled Safe Passages: highways, wildlife and habitat connectivity. Jon has given over 25 scientific meeting presentations and over 30 invited university and professional training presentations. His research has been the subject of more than 60 radio, television, and newspaper articles, including NBC Nightly News, Discovery Channel, NY Times, LA Times, Newsweek, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and articles run over the AP wire nationally and internationally. Jon has used his applied research to affect conservation through the public policy arena. For example, his published research on bears and public presentations at various county commissioner meetings in the Lake Tahoe basin in both CA and NV prompted new bear-proof dumpster laws and ordinances in several counties. Dr. Beckmann attended the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) for his graduate education where he received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Jon was also nominated in 2004 by his peers for the Alan T. Waterman Award, the most prestigious award from NSF for scientists under the age of 35.
Renee Seidler
Pronghorn Field Leader
Renee is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from Arizona State University and her Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. She began working with WCS in 2003 and helped to launch the Wildlife and Energy Development project in the Upper Green River Basin in 2005. She has conducted behavioral and ecological research on coyotes, wolves, moose, pronghorn, small mammals, and birds in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Panama. She is composing manuscripts from her thesis work on coyote predation management and was awarded the Richard Denny Best Speaker Award by the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society for presentation of this work. Renee's area of expertise is in field design and research.

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