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Alison Banks Cariveau has been conducting avian research for ten years, working primarily with songbirds in a variety of habitats including deserts, forests, and wetlands throughout the west.  Alison received a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana where she studied host interactions with Brown-headed Cowbirds.  She has been working at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory for five years, where she directs the Research Division.  She also serves as the Wetlands Program Coordinator for RMBO, overseeing projects such as the Wetlands Monitoring and Evaluation Project and the Playa Survey Project.

Chris Berens, Landowner Incentive Program, Wildlife Biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and serves as Chapter Coordinator for three Chapters of the Kansas Alliance for Wetland and Streams(KAWS).  Chris is one of three biologist working under the Landowner Incentive Program which started in Kansas, in October of 2004 through a partnership between KDWP and KAWS.  Chris covers the northwest and north central region of Kansas working with landowners on protecting wetlands, particularly playa lakes, as well as streams. Chris graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State University.  Chris’ interest include hunting, fishing, and many other outdoor activities.

Christy Carello received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1991 and her Master’s and Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995 and 1999.  She was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire from 1999-2003 and is currently on the Biology faculty at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She is also a consultant for the Town of Breckenridge conducting conservation monitoring.  Her research interests include general ecology, conservation biology and animal physiology and behavior.

Rodney A. Chimner is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology at Michigan Technological University, and Affiliate Scientist with NREL at Colorado State University.  Rod received his M.S. at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. at Colorado State University.  Afterwards he did his post-doctoral work as a Wetland Ecologist with the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Forested Wetlands Division, U.S.D.A. Forest Service.  Dr. Chimner is also currently the president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists.  His research focuses in two main integrated areas of wetland ecosystem science and ecohydrology.  Rod is currently engaged in developing methodology for assessing wetland conditions using the hydrologic and carbon cycle in wetlands in the Rocky, Sierra Nevada and Andes mountains.  He is also developing basic knowledge of how carbon accumulates and cycles in wetlands and using that knowledge to: 1) understand how they will be affected by climate change and other environmental perturbations, and 2) how to manage, conserve and restore them.  

Tim Christian serves as the state coordinator of the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS). Christian began the contract coordinator position in August 1999, coming from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation where he served as field director for South Dakota for two years.  Previously, he worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 25 years in three states (most in Kansas) and a variety of positions retiring through an early-out offering as state public affairs specialist for Kansas – a position he held for 11 years.  He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. Christian is a KAWS partner for life, life member of the Elk Foundation and Pheasants Forever; and member of numerous other wildlife and conservation organizations.  He is married with three grown children - two married and one in college, and four grandchildren.

Jeanne Christie is the Executive Director of the Association of State Wetland Managers.  From 1995 to 1999 she was a Resource Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wetlands and Watersheds Division.  She has also worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Division and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Science, both from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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