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Kylie works at the Center as a road ecologist, advancing the development and implementation of wildlife friendly transportation policies and projects in international, federal, state, tribal, and local contexts.
She brings 15 years of diverse science and conservation experience to the Center. She’s worked on road ecology and habitat connectivity since 2005 when she initiated her Masters of Science from the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies department. Her published research assessed a citizen science program’s ability to accurately document wildlife along a highway in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. From employment with a road ecology-focused consulting firm to volunteering on a statewide safe passages coalition that she helped found, she’s long been deeply engaged in road ecology and policy.
She also has extensive breadth of professional experience in science, policy, and management of projects and programs. She’s worked in many sectors, including nonprofit conservation, wildlife field research, local government, and private business. She developed and led a multi-year citizen science wildlife monitoring program called Wolverine Watchers, maintained a game-camera network of 100 cameras on a private research ranch, and managed her own consulting business working with many conservation organizations on a variety of policy and field-based projects. Prior to the Center, Kylie administered the open space and natural resource program for Missoula County’s Parks, Trails, and Open Lands program.
Kylie fills her spare time with active pursuits, outdoor adventures, and team sports – on wheels, feet, skis, skates, and in all seasons. She also occasionally fits in activities like birdwatching, wildlife photography, gardening, and hosting naturalist trivia nights. Levity, costumes, friends, and family fuel her.
- M.S. in Environmental Studies, University of Montana
- B.S. in Environmental Science and Leadership, University of Minnesota