BS Biology, Evergreen State College
MS Wildlife Ecology, University of Washington
Melly brings her Montana ranching roots and over two decades of conservation work with both government and non-government agencies in East Africa to her role at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation: building and strengthening collaborative communities around large landscape conservation issues.
Currently, Melly coordinates development of the GNLCC Connectivity Strategy, a regional multi-scale project to coordinate connectivity actions across the landscape. She is also helping build tribal Climate Adaptation Planning programs for the Blackfeet and CSKT through the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent. She serves on the Leadership Team of the Rocky Mountain Partner Forum of the GNLCC and helps coordinate stakeholders working to build drought resilience in the Upper Missouri Basin.
In the past, she’s worked on a wide variety of conservation projects concerned with wildlife movement, transboundary conservation issues and human wildlife conflict. She also helped develop community conservation protocol in both Kenya and Tanzania—experience that has informed her more recent work on connectivity, climate change, and drought resilience projects in Montana.