BS Horticulture, Iowa State University
MSc Biological Sciences, Montana State University
Rob leads our efforts in advancing wildlife corridors and ecological connectivity, drawing on over 30 years of experience in ecology, natural resource management, and environmental advocacy, He seeks to develop wildlife-friendly national, regional and state-based policies and test their effectiveness at the landscape level.
He is a founding board member of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, former board member of the Wildlands Network and served on two policy groups for the Western Governors’ Association’s Wildlife Corridors Initiative. He is an active member of IUCN’s International Connectivity Conservation Network where he is co-authoring a policy paper on connectivity conservation areas.
Complementing his work here at CLLC, Rob is also the Road Ecology Program Manager for the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. He currently serves on the steering committee for the biennial International Conference on Ecology and was elected to MSU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Council. As a road ecologist, he served as an expert panelist for a National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) synthesis on environmental monitoring and is on a standing TRB committee engaged in roadside management. He was an invited judge for the Federal Highway Administration’s 2013 national Environmental Excellence Awards.
To balance his professional endeavors he has served as a volunteer for such causes as wildlife rescue, child advocacy, women’s shelters and immigrant education. Like every good Montanan, he likes to get outdoors whenever it is sunny, cloudy, snowing or raining.