Zack Wurtzebach

Zachary Wurtzebach

U.S. Program Director

In his role at the Center, Zack works with U.S. Program team to advance large landscape conservation across the U.S. through policy advice, applied research, and collaboration with agency and non-governmental partners.

A conservation social scientist by training, Zack has expertise in natural resource policy, land management planning, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Zack earned a PhD in Forest Science from Colorado State University, and worked as a research associate with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.

In his free time, Zack enjoys snowboarding, fly-fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.


  • Ph.D. in Forest Science, Colorado State University
  • M.A. in Political Science, Colorado State University
  • B.S. in Resource Conservation, University of Montana
  • B.A. in History, University of Montana

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