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Jay Adams

JJay Adamsay Adams is an active bird watcher who first became concerned about the effects of artificial light at night because of the hazards it poses to migratory birds.

Since then he has come to understand that artificial light at night can have negative consequences on nearly all living things, the most important of which may be the resetting or alteration of an organism's circadian rhythm.

Lynne Barre

Lynne BarreLynne has been with the Protected Resources Division of NOAA Fisheries in Seattle for sixteen years, implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

Since 2003 she has worked on the endangered listing of the Southern Resident killer whales, designated critical habitat, developed and finalized a Recovery Plan, and has implemented actions to conserve and recover the whales, including vessel regulations put in place in 2011.  

In addition to her work on killer whales, Lynne supports other aspects of the marine mammal program, such as helping coordinate the stranding network. Lynne also works on ESA-listed rockfish species and coordinates with Puget Sound salmon recovery efforts.  

Lynne’s background is in marine mammal research, including field work in Southern California and Shark Bay, Western Australia studying social behavior, mothers and infants, and genetic relationships of local dolphins. 

Lynne also worked with the Crittercam team at National Geographic, putting underwater cameras on marine animals to learn about their lives under the surface, before joining NOAA first in the Office of Protected Resources in Silver Spring, MD and then on the West Coast.  

Lynne has a B.S in Biology from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Animal Behavior from San Diego State University. 

Crisca Bierwert

Crisca BierwertCrisca Bierwert received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1986. There she studied Lushootseed with Upper Skagit elder Vi Hilbert. She also learned about historic and contemporary Coast Salish art works, studying with Bill Holm and meeting many Coast Salish artists.

During the 1980s, she worked with several cultural advocacy programs, from Muckleshoot to Coqualeetza in Sardis, B.C. She was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1999, and then was an administrator responsible for multicultural teaching initiatives until 2014. During those years, she published Lushootseed Texts, a compilation of texts in Lushootseed and English translation, with Vi Hilbert, Thom Hess, and Toby Langen. She also wrote and published Brushed by Cedar: Coast Salish Figures of Power, a discussion of contemporary Coast Salish people and issues including fishing rights.

Crisca never lost contact with dear Coast Salish friends and colleagues, and she recently moved back to Seattle, where she refreshed her knowledge of contemporary Coast Salish art, and is reviving her use of the Lushootseed language. She taught Coast Salish art at Western Washington University in the fall of 2016. After teaching that course, she wanted to think of a way to make the arts more visible, to make the artists’ messages more accessible, and to encourage Coast Salish public art. The idea of a mapping website came to her, and the project you will see is the result of collaboration with numerous artists and the funding agencies that support public art. The website covering King County has an easy-to-remember address of, that will link you to the main website based at the University of Washington. Crisca is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington (Seattle).

Kadi Bizyayeva

Image of Kadi BizyayevaKadi is an enrolled member and commercial and subsistence fisherwoman of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

Since graduating from the Northwest Indian College in 2017 she has served her tribe in a fisheries policy position. Alongside fellow state and tribal co-managers, she works to protect and conserve the natural resources within her tribal basin, and ensure there is opportunity for both tribal and non-tribal fisheries.

Walt Blackford

Image of Walt Blackford, PSEWalt has lived in Langley since 1996. He joined Puget Sound Energy in 2008 after four years as City Administrator for the City of Langley.

Walt's interests and professional activities have long focused on sustainability and community engagement. His current responsibilities include organizing and presenting workshops on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric and gas safety.  

Katelyn Bosley

Katelyn BosleyKatelyn Bosley joined Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as the Puget Sound Lead Crustacean Biologist in June 2019.

Prior to joining WDFW, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at NOAA Fisheries in Newport, Oregon where she conducted research on spatial stock assessments and quantitative ecology topics.

She holds graduate degrees in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University and undergraduate degrees in Marine Biology and Biology from the College of Charleston.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, camping, and spending time with her family.


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David Parker Brown

David BrownDavid Brown is an Outreach Coordinator with Puget Sound Energy.  He will be participating at SWU 2020 as PSE's representative  from the Electric Vehicle Team.

Stephanie Buffum

Photo of Stephanie BuffumStephanie Buffum has served as the Executive Director for FRIENDS of the San Juans since 2001.  FRIENDS is a non-governmental organization located in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, adjacent to the Canadian Gulf Islands. She works with community members,  tribes, and decision-makers at all levels of government on a variety of issues including endangered species protection, land use, marine and land management, and tourism. She manages all projects, community outreach, research,  fundraising and board development, and oversees work of staff and contractors. She collaborates with tribes, governments, and NGOs on shared interests internationally as well as locally. Although she has primarily focused her efforts in the Pacific Northwest, she has consulted in other areas of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Ms. Buffum holds a BA in Public Policy and Management, BS in Marine Biology, Master in Public Administration, and a Master in Community and Regional Planning all from the University of Oregon. Her areas of emphasis were community and economic development, environmental law, citizen involvement, and rural capacity building.

Ms. Buffum has worked in the public and non-profit sector for 23 years assisting rural communities with planning, natural resource management, and capacity building. She has worked closely with the University of Oregon and the city of Eugene, the Centre for Biological Diversity, and local, state, federal, and tribal decision makers in New Mexico, Arizona, Washington State and British Columbia. She is a regular contributor in domestic and international media. She serves on various domestic and bi-national (Canada/US) committees for tourism, economic development, and environmental protection and has published papers on a variety of topics relating to these areas. She is a founding member of the San Juan County Economic Development Council and the San Juan Islands Scenic Byways Committee

Ms. Buffum resides on Shaw Island, Washington.

John Calambokidis

Photo of John CalambokidisKEYNOTE SPEAKER John Calambokidis is a Senior Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 and based in Olympia, Washington. Between 1991 and 2013, he periodically served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College, teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans.

John has served as Project Director of over 100 projects, conducting studies on a variety of marine mammals throughout the North Pacific. He has studied blue, humpback and gray whales for more than 30 years.  Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalizations. 

John has authored more than 140 scientific publications and two books on marine mammals. His work has also been featured on National Geographic Channel, BBC, and Animal Planet. In 2012 he received the American Cetacean Society's John Heyning Award for Lifetime Achievement in Marine Mammal Science.

Max Calloway

Picture of Max CallowayMax Calloway was raised on the shores of the Long Island Sound where, as a child, he discovered a love for marine environments while harassing horse-shoe crabs at low-tide.

While working as a field technician for Olympic National Park, he became enamored with the floating forests of bull kelp along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This curiosity followed him into his graduate studies at the Evergreen State College Master's of Environmental Studies program where he focused almost all his time and effort on understanding the dynamics of Puget Sound bull kelp beds.

His graduate work transitioned into a position as a kelp specialist for Puget Sound Restoration Fund. He now works for WA-DNR continuing to work on long-term kelp monitoring and eelgrass restoration projects.

Maribeth Crandell

Maribeth Crandell

Maribeth Crandell has worked as a guide in Northwest parks and wilderness areas for over twenty years. She's lived on Whidbey Island for over 20 years and Fidalgo Island for 5 years. She works as Mobility Specialist for Island Transit where she offers monthly guided tours.

Maribeth has been commuting by foot, bike and bus and taking low carbon vacations for over a decade. She hiked the Appalachian Trail and published her book, Flip Flop on the Appalachian Trail, in 2017. She published Hiking Close to Home with Jack Hartt, in 2019. She finds joy in celebrating a low carbon lifestyle and sharing her passion with the community.


Phillip Dionne

Photo of Phillip DionnePhillip Dionne has been with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife's Habitat Science Team since 2011. His current research interests are monitoring and assessing the distribution, abundance, and characteristics of forage fish stocks and habitat, and assessing new methods to research and monitor those stocks. 

Prior to researching forage fish, Phil used mark – recapture, and acoustic telemetry to assess abundance of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed shortnose sturgeon in Maine, and green sturgeon in Washington and Oregon.

Barbara Dunn

Picture of Barbara DinnBarbara Dunn, PhD, LICSW, MT-BC has a psychotherapy and music therapy practice in Seattle, WA. Her doctoral research focused on transforming conflict through music with an emphasis on using music in mediation.

She is the author of the book “More Than a Song: Exploring the Healing Art of Music Therapy” and has several CD recordings to her credit. With more than 30 years of experience in using music to address internal and external challenges, she is highly equipped to address the issues that interface with this conference.

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Tim Economu

Image of Tim EconomuTim Economu is an electrical engineer with 45 years of experience inventing and designing hardware and software for products in the renewable energy and electric vehicle markets. He has designed and installed large and small solar power plants, designed and built motors, battery packaging systems, and electric vehicles.

Tim’s Clinton-based company, Offgrid Systems, is committed to developing products that reduce our addiction to fossil fuels. Tim owns two electric vehicles!

Marianne Elliott

Marianne Elliott

Her research focus is disease management for woody plants in nurseries, landscapes, and forests.

Some research and other information about Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii), such as propagation and range mapping can be found on our website 

Martha Ellis

Photo of Martha and Steve Ellis

Steve and Martha Ellis are Coupeville residents. Steve is a former president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society. Together they have been leading field trips and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for nearly 30 years.

Steve Ellis

Photo of Steve and Martha Ellis

Steve and Martha Ellis are Coupeville residents.  Steve is a former president of Whidbey Audubon Society and Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.  Together they have been leading field trips and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for nearly 30 years.

Nicole Faghin

Image of Nicole FaghinNicole Faghin is a Coastal Management Specialist with Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington, trained as a land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues.

She engages in education, outreach and research focused on social, economic and environmental shoreline issues including coastal adaptation and working waterfronts. Nicole is the national chair of the National Working Waterfronts Network and coordinates planning efforts for Coastal Resilience Washington State. She is a member of the Washington APA Climate Change workgroup, the Coastal Training Program Advisory Committee, and the University of Washington Urban Planning and Design Professionals Council.

Nicole spent 25 years as a waterfront consultant working on complex land use planning, permitting and development projects for ports, industrial, commercial, and municipalities. Nicole holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a law degree from Northeastern University.

Richard Gammon

Photo of Richard GammonDr. Richard H. Gammon is Professor (Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor (Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). He received his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University (1965), and his MA and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University (1970).

Dr. Gammon was co-author of the first Scientific Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1990. As Chief of the Carbon Dioxide Program, he directed the US program to globally monitor atmospheric CO2 (NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, 1982-84).

He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric science, biogeochemical cycles, and climate change. His research has emphasized measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change.

Dr Gammon is active in improving public understanding of the climate change challenge.

Howard Garrett

Image of Howard GarrettHoward received his degree in Sociology from Colorado College in 1980, and began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981.

In 1996 Garrett wrote Orcas In Our Midst, a booklet oriented toward middle-school students.  Volume 2 of Orcas In Our Midst was published in 2005.  Volume 3, Residents and Transients – How Did That Happen? was published in 2011.

Garrett also wrote the entry under "Animal Culture" for the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005) and a chapter about the rescue of the solitary orca A73 (Springer), in Between Species.

He co-founded Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta.


Note:Photo by Sandy Dubpernell

Olivia Graham

Olivia and Drew holding eelgrass bladeOlivia Graham is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Drew Harvell’s lab at Cornell University and feels fortunate to conduct research at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs. A marine ecologist, she studies the effects of biodiversity and the environment on seagrass wasting disease in eelgrass.

She endeavors to share her love for seagrass with broad audiences, and she uses her research findings to inform marine conservation strategies within and beyond her home state of Washington.

She is happiest when in, on, or underwater. When she is not thinking about seagrass, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, traveling, and playing with pets.

Gwendolyn Hannam

Gwendolyn HannamGwendolyn joined the Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) in Spring of 2019. She has over 10 years’ experience as an environmental biologist, including 5 years as a Lead Biologist Scientist in the Water Management Section for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Utilizing her BSc. Oceanography (U. Washington, USA) and MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Plants (U. Edinburgh, Scotland), most of her career has been based around water quality, land use and development, endangered species, water resource management, and environmental critical areas.

Gwendolyn’s desire to serve her community in a non-regulatory role has brought her an opportunity to contribute her expertise and knowledge to the WICD as a Natural Resource Planner.

Neil Harrington

Neil Harrington

Neil Harrington has worked for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe since 2012.  His work focuses on harmful algal blooms, shellfish safety, invasive European green crab monitoring, Olympia oyster restoration and outreach and education.

He represents the Tribe on the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, the Dungeness River Audubon Center Board, and the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee.

He has 18 years of experience working on natural resources issues on the North Olympic Peninsula. He holds a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography from UC Santa Cruz.

Nicole Harris

Image of Nicole HarrisNicole Harris is the Education Specialist with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.  She plans and implements education activities for classrooms, field investigations, teacher workshops, and presentations to local and regional organizations, hoping to inspire stewards to our marine environment in all of our activities. She also assists in the coordination and implementation of volunteer coastal cleanups.

With so much to love about this job, the best part is that the "classroom" is the beach. With a background in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, Nicole worked as a nearshore biologist along the central coast of Strait of Juan de Fuca before joining the sanctuary team.

Nicole moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 1997. She likes to split her time in nature between hiking the forests of the Olympic Mountains, exploring the area beaches and tidepooling, and fishing the waters of the Pacific. A bead-maker in her "spare" time, Nicole loves shiny sparkly things and escapes to her lampwork studio to put all that ocean inspiration into her bead making whenever possible.

Jack Hartt

Jack Hartt in boat at Deception Pass bridgeJack Hartt was born and raised near the shores of the Salish Sea in Seattle. He frequently played hooky from Ballard High School to go down to the beach. Somehow, he graduated from college with a degree in Forest Science and Park Management. He spent the next forty years working in Washington State Parks.

Deception Pass was Jack's last state park to call home, living and serving there for fourteen years. He retired in 2017 and is at home in Skagit County. He helps Transition Fidalgo & Friends, and he volunteers wherever he can. He loves beaches, sunsets and sunrises, flying, photography, hiking, kayaking, writing, playing with kids and grandkids, eating blackberry pie and finding rainbows.

Garry Heinrich

Garry Heinrich is the Central Puget Sound volunteer coordinator for the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network (CPSMMSN).  He has been an investigator for the CPSMMN since 2010.

A former middle school Math and Science teacher, Garry currently holds a 200-ton masters license and works part time as a captain on west coast tallships. He worked as a marine mammal keeper/vet aide at the marine mammal rehab facility at Marineland of the Pacific in California.

Formerly an instructor for the Whidbey Watershed Stewards on Whidbey Island, Garry received his marine mammal naturalist certification from the Whale Center on San Juan Island. He has taught marine science at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA and Los Angeles Maritime Institute in San Pedro, CA

Heidi Hoelting

Heidi Hoelting

Heidi Hoelting has been a lover of nature her entire life. Although she has lived in the woods on Whidbey Island for 37 years, she did not discover the wonders of the fungal world until about 10 years ago. A particularly wet winter in 2009 awakened her to the prolific variety of mushrooms in our Whidbey habitats for the first time.

Not wanting to disturb the beautiful organisms, she began taking pictures of them. The digital pictures revealed distinctive features that she had overlooked with the naked eye, and her fascination grew.

She explored deeper into the forests, took mushroom ID classes from the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) in Seattle, studied books, videos, and articles on fungi, and received ongoing tutoring from Danny Miller, the Chair of the Education Committee of PSMS.

She has taken thousands of photos of mushrooms and identified several hundred species within a two mile radius of her home. 

Heidi’s profession has been music and education, but she is increasingly drawn to explore the scientific basis of natural systems, including weather and climate, geology, water and light, and the interdependent “web of life” on Whidbey Island. She is currently developing educational materials based on her nature studies, photography, and writing at her “Beginner’s Mind Studios” on Campbell Rd.

John Hudson

photo of John holding out a Dungeness crabJohn has thirty years experience boating and scuba diving in Puget Sound. He is a graduate of Skagit Valley Community College's Marine Technology Program.

He has been Squadron Education Officer of the Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, and he is a member of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. He has taught wooden canoe building at Red Rocks Community College.

John's hobbies include woodworking, wooden boat building, cruising, backpacking, and grandchildren.

Most importantly, he is an aspiring member of the International Society of Crab Whisperers.

Lynn Hyde

Lynn Hyde is the executive director of Historic Whidbey, a Coupeville nonprofit “committed to the protection, preservation and promotion of historic sites on Whidbey Island through education and advocacy.”

Image of Lynn HydeA lifelong educator, Lynn left teaching English in Seattle Public Schools to begin a career in public history and historic preservation in 2007, learning the ropes at historic and literary sites during a four-year stint in Concord, Massachusetts. Her first preservation successes came on both coasts: nomination of the 1948 Mountaineers’ Snoqualmie Lodge to the Washington State Heritage Register in 2005 and designation of the 1820s Elizabeth Peabody Book Room (a Transcendentalist hotspot) as a Boston Historic Landmark in 2010.

Lynn’s love of Pacific Northwest landscape and history brought her back to Washington in 2011, working as an interpretive specialist and historian at North Cascades National Park, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and San Juan Island National Historical Park until 2017.

As a founder of Historic Whidbey in 2013, she has created public programming illuminating the largely unknown history of 19th century western Washington. The organization’s flagship project is the rehabilitation of the 1866 Haller House in Coupeville, which, as a Territorial Heritage Center, will help the public explore the often troubling, always complex stories of American settlement in the Pacific Northwest.

An avid hiker and kayaker, Lynn is also the co-author of Crags, Eddies, & Riprap: The Sound Country Memoir of Wolf Bauer. Bauer’s 70-year career as a pioneering climber, kayaker and shoreline ecologist is legendary in the Northwest.

Heide Island

Heide IslandHeide D Island received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology with specializations in Comparative Animal Behavior and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Montana in 2003.

Island came to academics after working in the Alaskan commercial fishing industry alongside her father and as a research naturalist for Pacific Whale Foundation in Hawai’i.

Given a background in marine science, ethology, and behavioral neuroscience, she has cultivated broad research interests which include: 1.) Behavioral ecology, especially related to optimal foraging and choice theory; 2.) Animal welfare, principally as it pertains to animal rehabilitation, conservation, and captivity wellness; and 3.) Comparative psychology of anxiety, depression, and boredom as its expressed among human and nonhuman animals.

Dr. Island is a Professor of Comparative Animal Behavior and Neuroscience at Pacific University in Oregon and a Senior Research Associate for the Oregon Zoo. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator in a 5-year longitudinal study of Whidbey Island’s North American river otters, through the Whidbey Island Research Station in Coupeville. Her interests concern the health of the local otter population, their distribution, diet, foraging patch variability between fresh (e.g., Lake Pondilla, Admirals Lake,  Crockett Lake, etc.) and saltwater (e.g., Admiralty Bay, Bush Point, Bell’s Beach, etc.), photoidentification of individual animals, and their genetic pedigrees, as well as their load of persistent organopollutants, collected through non-invasive scat sampling. The latter is particularly relevant for understanding the health of the local ecology.

Heide is active in a variety of civic and conservation organizations including Whidbey Camano Land Trust, the Whidbey Environmental Action Network, Our House, Oregon Wild, and the Oregon Zoo Foundation. She also consults in support of residential otter management in exchange for access to den sites, scat samples, and information that might forward her understanding of the local otter population. For more information about Dr. Heide Island, as well as a link to Citizen Scientist reporting of residential river otters, please go to her website:

Gregory Jensen

Dr. Greg Jensen diving near a large mass of eggs; the water is turquoise.

Greg Jensen grew up studying marine life in the Pacific Northwest, exploring beaches at low tide and learning to scuba dive as soon as he was old enough to do so. He developed a special interest in crabs and shrimps, and is an avid underwater photographer.

Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1990, he has taught at Western Washington University, the University of Washington, and the Bamfield Marine Science Centre on Vancouver Island.

Greg has published papers on a wide range of crustacean topics, including reproductive biology, the effects of invasive species, larval settlement, feeding behavior, and descriptions of numerous new species.

Professor Jensen also helps seniors at UW complete a research requirement for their major in fisheries science.

His books,"Crabs and Shrimps of the Pacific Coast" and "Beneath Pacific Tides: Subtidal Invertebrates of the West Coast", will be available at a special price during Sound Waters 2020. Be sure to look for his table in the exhibition hall.

Craig Johnson

Image of Craig and Joy JohnsonCraig Johnson, local watercolor artist and photographer and Joy Johnson, writer, have created and published four books containing colorful, close-up photographs of birds, most found on Whidbey Island.

Together, the Johnsons study ornithology and have spent countless hours observing and photographing birds in the field and in their own yard.

Using Craig's photos, animations and graphics they created a movie "Birds and Backyard Wildlife Habitat" to share their passion and inspire others to protect birds and wildlife habitat, starting right in their own backyard.

In their second movie "Birding Whidbey Island" Craig again used his video, audio and mastery of necessary computer programs to share a variety of beautiful Whidbey Island habitats and birds with others. 

In addition to their popular photographic book of local birds, "Our Pacific Northwest Birds & Habitat" the Johnsons authored two children's books, "Harry the Woodpecker's Search for a Home" and "The Amazing Hummingbird Story of Red Rufous." The Johnsons developed the stories together and both were beautifully illustrated by Craig in watercolor. Craig has also constructed an extensive website with more bird photos and information:

Joy Johnson

Image of Craig and Joy JohnsonJoy Johnson, writer and early childhood educator, with Craig Johnson, local watercolor artst, photographer and graphic artist, have created and published four books containing colorful, close-up photographs of birds, most found on Whidbey Island.

Together, the Johnsons study ornithology and have spent countless hours observing and photographing birds in the field and in their own yard. Using Craig's photos, animations and graphics they created a movie, "Birds and Backyard Wildlife Habitat", to share their passion and inspire others to protect birds and wildlife habitat, starting right in their own backyard. In their second movie, "Birding Whidbey Island", Craig again used his video, audio and mastery of necessary computer programs to share with others a variety of beautiful Whidbey Island habitats and birds.

In addition to their popular photographic book of local birds, Our Pacific Northwest Birds & Habitat, the Johnsons authored two children's books, "Harry the Woodpecker's Search for a Home" and "The Amazing Hummingbird Story of Red Rufous", both beautifully illustrated in watercolor.

Craig has also constructed an extensive website with more bird photos and information:

Lisa Kaufman

Image of Lisa KaufmanLisa manages the development, implementation, and supervision of nearshore restoration projects and programs for the Northwest Straits Foundation and its projects partners, including the Marine Resources Committees. She collaborates with project partners to identify and develop nearshore projects from feasibility, design, permitting, construction, monitoring, and oversight.

Lisa coordinates the Foundation's Shore Friendly program providing outreach, services and resources for shoreline landowners to prevent and reduce the impacts of shoreline armoring. She helps to identify and facilitate candidate landowners for armoring removal projects.

Prior to joining Northwest Straits Foundation in November 2013, Lisa worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and developed the estuary restoration program for state-owned aquatic lands within northern Puget Sound, managed nearshore restoration, and directed the DNR’s Creosote Removal Program.

In her free time, Lisa can be found rowing, swimming, cross country skiing, traveling the world, and hanging out with her dog, Zeke.

Doug Kelly

Doug Kelly is a hydrogeologist with Island County Environmental Health. Doug was born and raised in central Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Geology/Hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He is licensed in the State of Washington as a geologist and a hydrogeologist.

He worked seven years in the Groundwater Section of the Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He then spent five years working at the Olympia, WA office of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in their environmental division (consulting).

Doug came to Island County over 20 years ago and worked for twelve years as the County's first hydrogeologist. He left the county in 2008 to work for Pacific Groundwater Group in Seattle. Doug returned to county employment in February of 2012.

He is married and has two children.

Elyssa Kerr

Elyssa KerrElyssa Kerr has the privilege of spending inordinate amounts of time exploring beaver ponds and appreciating the ecosystems that beavers engineer.

She has previously worked for a variety of organizations performing environmental restoration and delivering environmental education lessons on beaches, in wetlands and beyond.

Nothing makes her more happy than marveling over plants, invertebrates or beavers with other nature nerds!

Lauren Kuehne

Lauren Kuehne sitting in boatLauren Kuehne is an ecologist who studies human impacts on aquatic systems, with the goal of contributing to long-term sustainability of natural resources. She focuses on freshwater ecosystems since they are so closely intertwined in the everyday lives of people; healthy lakes and rivers are a resource we desperately need but often take for granted. She is passionate about ensuring that the environmental resources we use and enjoy are available for future generations, so not only does she spend her time doing science, but she also works to have research support conservation and policy.

Jessica Larson

Image of Jessica LarsonJessica joined the Whidbey Camano Land Trust in 2008. She is responsible for coordinating stewardship of all conservation easements and protected lands owned by the Land Trust.

Her background is in forest management, volunteer coordination, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Prior to joining the Land Trust, Jessica worked with Mount Rainier National Park and Longview Timber. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington and certificate in GIS from Green River Community College.

Eric Lee-Mader

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Eric Lee-Mäder is the Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation ( In this role Eric works across the world with farmers and agencies such as the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the United Nations FAO to enhance biodiversity in agricultural lands.

His professional background includes previous work as an extension farm educator, commercial beekeeper, and crop consultant for the seed industry. Eric is the author of several books including the best-selling, Attracting Native Pollinators, and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management.

In addition to his professional background Eric farms native plants on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound and owns Northwest Meadowscapes a native grass and wildflower seed company serving Washington and Oregon. /



Brooke Love

Brooke LoveBrooke is an oceanographer interested in how ocean acidification is unfolding in our local Washington waters.

A chemical oceanographer by training, she started at the University of Washington by building instruments to measure carbon dioxide in high temperature black smokers on the sea floor.

Now at Western Washington University as an Associate Professor, she studies how ocean acidification affects organisms ranging from plankton, to eelgrass to herring. This involves a lot of plumbing, and she is always happy with a box of fittings and some tubing.

Brooke is also dedicated to ocean education in the classroom, in public talks, and currently as the academic director of the new program in Marine and Coastal Science at WWU.

John Lovie

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John Lovie worked in technical management in the chemical industry for many years before founding ETI Consulting, LLC in 1990. With ETI, John developed database systems for environmental health and safety regulatory compliance.

John currently is Vice-President of the Whidbey Island Water Systems Association and Vice President of Sun Vista/Sunlight Beach water system. He serves on the National Estuary Program Habitat Strategic Initiative Advisory Team, the PFAS Chemical Action Plan Advisory Team, Island County Water Resources Advisory Committee, the Island Local Integrating Organization Technical Committee, and the WRIA 6 Salmon Recovery Technical and Citizens Committee.








Jeanie McElwain

Image of Jeanie McElwainJeanie McElwain is a naturalist and educator.  She has been involved with the Sound Water Stewards (SWS) organiztion since 2003.  She currently leads the SWS Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Species Identification Training Team.

Jeanie is a contributor to production, marketing, fund-raising for the most recent update to the guide book "Getting to the Waters Edge."

Ian Miller

Photo of Ian MillerA skilled science communicator and media spokesperson, Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles as well as University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks.

Dr. Miller works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunamis, chronic shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and other hazards associated with climate change. Utilizing outreach, applied research, synthesis of existing science, and coordination of services, he helps coastal communities access funding and expertise to develop and implement plans that will achieve their specific goals.

Before joining Washington Sea Grant, Dr. Miller served as the education director of the Olympic Park Institute and as Washington field coordinator for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

Dr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in marine ecology from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies and a doctorate in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His graduate research focused on the transport and fate of sediment in the coastal zone adjacent to the Elwha River delta. Find him online blogging at the Coast Nerd Gazette.

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore in front of US flagGrowing up in Australia and surrounded by water, I understood the intimate and inextricable connection between the oceans and human health. Just as the oceans can nourish and sustain, they can also harbor public health risks.

I investigate linkages of climate and weather patterns to variations in the timing and magnitude of toxic algal blooms that restrict access to important commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries. I am also the founding editor of an annual synthesis effort that brings together information from various monitoring programs to provide a collective view of Puget Sound marine water quality and conditions.

Mallory Palatucci

Mallory PalatucciMallory recently began volunteering as part of the ongoing harbor porpoise research, using acoustics and observational monitoring to study harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea for the past eight years. The primary location for this work is Burrows Pass and nearby waters around Fidalgo Island.

She works for the Island County Department of Natural Resources as their Watershed Planner, where she monitor's water chemistry and contaminants in watersheds within Island County.

Before her current position, Mallory worked as a research scientist studying biodegradation of synthetic chemicals and the evolution of the metabolic pathways of the microbes that carry out such novel biodegradation.

She has a master's degree in Biology and is planning on pursuing her PhD in Molecular Biology/Epigenetics. 


Palatucci and a buddyPalatucci diving

H.L. "Rusty" Palmer

rusty Palmer in front of fire truck and line of fire fighters.H.L. “Rusty” Palmer is the Fire Chief of South Whidbey Fire/EMS. His fire service career spans 44 years. Prior to his first appointment as Chief, he served most roles in the fire service and led an EMS division, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention Bureau, Fire Operations, and Training, to name a few.

Rusty’s greatest passion in the fire service is preparing our community for disaster and assisting citizens with personal preparedness.

Jesse Pecor

Jesse PecorJesse Pecor is the wildlife policy lead at Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

Meredith Penny

Image of Meredith PennyMeredith Penny is a long-range Planner with Island County Planning and Community Development Department.

She graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelors in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. She has been with Island County for four years, focusing on updates to the Comprehensive Plan, the Critical Areas Ordinance, and the Housing Element.

Currently, Meredith is managing the periodic review of Island County’s Shoreline Master Program. She also serves as President of the Northwest Section of the Washington American Planning Association.

Randi Perry

Image of Randi PerryRandi Perry started her career as part of a high school work program where she was a lab assistant at the wastewater treatment plant in Green Lake, Wisconsin. She earned her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Water and Wastewater Purification Technology at Bay de Noc College in Escanaba, Michigan.

As an intern she studied the efficiency of ozone treatment for the disinfection of drinking water at the City of Oshkosh and learned operations of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, a 32 million gallon per day regional treatment facility. In 2002, she took the summer “off” and landed on Whidbey Island.

For seven years she worked with Water and Wastewater Services based in La Conner furthering her knowledge and experience. There she was responsible for running a number of different rural water and wastewater treatment systems in Western Washington. In 2009, she was hired as the Utilities Supervisor for the City of Langley where she continues to manage the Drinking Water, Wastewater Treatment and Storm Water Utilities.

Randi holds certificates in Operations and Cross-Connection Control from the Department of Health in and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations from the Department of Ecology. She also serves on the Whidbey Island Water System’s Association Board of Directors.

Randi enjoys adventuring with her husband and son outdoors and is currently training for The Divide 25K trail run in Montana in July 2020!

Ali Redman

Ali Redman PTMSCAli is from Washington and grew up sailing the Salish Sea. Always interested in conservation and animal husbandry Ali initially worked with terrestrial species from Southeast Asia.

After getting her undergraduate degree from University of Washington she worked at an animal rescue facility in Borneo.

She returned to the USA to pursue a master’s degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and to refocus her career on the marine environment.

Ali has been at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) since 2016. When not working Ali enjoys introducing her husband and son to the beautiful environment where she grew up. 

Linda Rhodes

Linda RhodesLinda Rhodes is a supervisory research microbiologist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) in Seattle, and serves as manager for the Marine Microbes & Toxins Program (

In her professional career, she has been fortunate to be able to combine a PhD in molecular and cellular biology with aquatic toxicology, aquatic animal infectious diseases, and microbial ecology. She also serves on Island County's Marine Resources Committee, representing science interests.

The bull kelp project is an ideal way to do a bit of  science in a kayak!

Chris Robertson

Image of Chris RobertsonChristopher Robertson is the Aquatic Lands Restoration manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Resources Division.  He manages shoreline restoration,creosote removal, emergency debris response and derelict gear removal.

Chris holds a Associates in Environmental conservation from Skagit valley college, a Bachelors in Environmental Science and a Masters in Physical Geography From WWU.

Karin Roemers-Kleven

Image of Karin Roemers-KlevenAfter spending 30 years sailing the waters around the San Juan Islands every summer,  Karin and her husband Bob decided to move from Tacoma, WA to Friday Harbor, WA 4 years ago. Karin's passion for ocean preservation and love for the Southern Resident killer whales compelled her to become a trained marine naturalist and volunteer for SoundWatch, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (San Juan MRC).

Karin was instrumental in developing a subcommittee of the San Juan MRC  titled "Plastic Free Salish Sea." The mission of this subcommittee is to develop a dedicated, region-wide website that becomes the depository for ideas that help others REUSE and REDUCE the use of plastics and develop "tool kits" for other communities to implement personal and community-wide strategies.

Plastics and especially microplastics are found on every beach around the Salish Sea, are ingested by marine wild life and and are present in the entire marine food web. The Plastic Free Salish Sea committee strives to inspire people and organizations around the Salish Sea to preserve these beautiful waters for our children's health and future.

Bart Rulon

Bart Ruon outdoorBart has been a professional wildlife artist and photographer on Whidbey Island for 29 years. 

He is the author of five books on wildlife art and photography, and he has traveled to South America, India, Africa, Costa Rica and Alaska in pursuit of his subjects.

Bart also teaches at the University of Washington and leads wildlife photography tours and art workshops.

Maria Ruth

Maria Ruth

In 1999 Maria encountered the story of an endangered Pacific coast seabird, the marbled murrelet, and so began her research. Her book "Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet" was published in 2005 (Rodale Press) and reissued in 2013 (Mountaineers Books).

Maria is on the Conservation Committee of Black Hills Audubon Society in Olympia, and continues to give talks about and to advocate for the protection of the marbled murrelet and the old-growth forests where they nest.

Her most recent book of narrative non-fiction, "A Sideways Look at Clouds" (Mountaineers Books, 2017) was awarded the Nautilus Silver Medal.

Maria is a dedicated environmental advocate, citizen scientist, lake swimmer, day hiker, city-parks booster, public-school reading buddy, and devoted cloud gazer.

She lives in Olympia, WA, and is currently working on two books - one on pigeon guillemots and citizen science, and the other on lake swimming and lake ecology in Washington.

Sarah Schmidt

Photo of Sarah Schmidt

Moving from Maine to Arizona in 1990 to pursue an interest in wildlife research, Sarah did field work on birds, lizards, frogs, dragonflies and small rodents, but primarily studied bats.

While earning a M.S. from the University of Arizona, her thesis work examined the use of artificial water developments by desert bats. During eight years of research on bats in the mines, mountains and deserts of southern Arizona, she handled over 3,000 bats of 19 different species.

A 20-year resident of Whidbey Island, Sarah is a Beach Watcher (class of 2000, now Sound Water Stewards) and is active with Whidbey Audubon Society. These days she mostly studies birds, participating in citizen science bird surveys of shorebirds, seabirds and other species.

Sarah will share her enthusiasm for the marvelous mammals that fly through our summer nights. For more information on Sarah and bats, see Dan Pedersen's excellent article from December 2011, "Living with bats on Whidbey Island"

Elsa Schwartz

Image of Elsa SchwatrzCurrently residing on Camano Island, Elsa is the Senior Director of Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries. Prior to working at RAE, Elsa worked in the San Juan Islands for the Samish Indian Nation, on a variety of projects from salmon restoration to shoreline stabilization.

Elsa received a Masters of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

Elsa loves living the island life along with her husband and dog Bailey.  She especially enjoys crabbing and boating and wants to do her part to protect and restore the marine life and habitats of Island County.

Joe Sheldon

Photo of Joe Sheldon with eagle taken at PRIHigh school St. Helens, Oregon; B.S. The College of Idaho (Biology); Ph.D. the University of Illinois (Entomology: Insect Ecology).

Thirty six years of college teaching at Eastern College and Messiah College, both in Pennsylvania. Summer teaching faculty of Au Sable Institute of Environmental science (1987-2007.) Received outstanding teaching awards at both Eastern and Messiah College. Received the Conservation Educator of the Year, Classroom Category, for the state of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Served as President of the American Entomological Society (1991-1997) and President of the American Scientific Affiliation (1998-1999). Listed in Who’s Who in American Men and Women in Science and Who’s Who in Theology and Science; Board Member of the Evangelical Environmental Network (2004-2007). Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Creation Care Study Program (2004-2007). Presented invited expert testimony on the Endangered Species Act for the House Committee on Resources (2004). Participant in the first Scientists-Evangelicals Retreat in 2006 at The Melhana Plantation, Thomasville, GA., sponsored by the Center for Health and the Global Environment, (Harvard Medical School) and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Author of numerous articles on insect ecology and also on science/religion focusing on stewardship of creation. Authored two books – Rediscovery of Creation: A Bibliographical Study of the Church’s Response to the Environmental Crisis, 1992, The American Theological Library Association ATLA Bibliography Series, No. 29 and The Scarecrow press, Inc; Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship, 1996. Inter Varsity Press, Co-authored with Van Dyke, Mahan, and Brand. 

Currently Senior Academic Adviser for Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship; Board Secretary for Whidbey Island Theological Studies; Board member of Whidbey Audubon.

Retired to Whidbey Island, WA June 2007.

Bill Sherman

Bill ShermanBill Sherman is chief of the Counsel for Environmental Protection Unit of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, based in Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.

He has served as Special Assistant to U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in King County, and as a Visiting Professor at Seattle University School of Law.

Brian Sherrod

Photo of Brian Sherrod in foregroundBrian Sherrod is Project Chief and PNW Regional Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program and is based out of the University of Washington in Seattle.

He received a BS in Geology from James Madison University in Virginia, a MS in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington.

Brian's main area of research is paleoseismology – finding evidence of past earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest using the geologic record. Most of his work employs airborne laser surveys. 

Current areas of research include evidence for surface rupture along faults in central and western Washington, coastal uplift and subsidence along faults in northern Puget Sound, and uplift along the coast of southeast Alaska.

Katie Sowul

Katie SowulKatie Sowul has enjoyed a close relationship with the sea for her entire life. She grew up surfing the waves of Southern California before becoming a scientific diver while attending CSU Monterey Bay.

She then put her Environmental Science & Policy degree to use working as an abalone scientist and research diver at the Bodega Marine Lab in Northern California.

Most recently, Katie migrated further north to Olympia, Washington, where she is the lead abalone biologist and assistant diving safety officer for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys surfing, diving, and playing a sport called underwater hockey.

Janet St. Clair

Image of Commissioner St. ClairCommissioner St. Clair began her interest in environmental issues as a high school volunteer in S.A.F.E. "Student Action For the Environment" where she worked at one of the first recycling centers in the Bay Area. Her family has long been committed to science and the environment as her brothers chose careers in the field, one in fisheries (now a high school teacher) and the other in forestry where he now works on climate change impact.

Janet's career took her another direction and she was a social worker for 28 years. After her retirement, she returned to her passion for the environment and became the Executive Director for Sound Water Stewards. In 2018, she was elected to the Island County Board of County Commissioners representing District 3. She is an advocate for our Salish Sea and is the Board Liaison to the Island County Marine Resources Committee.

Emily Terao

Image of Emily TeraoEmily Terao first became involved in the Guillemot Research Group as an intern in 2016, and has stayed on as a volunteer ever since. She received her Bachelor's in Biology from Earlham College in 2011, focusing on Ornithology and Conservation Studies.

Emily currently owns and operates the Greenbank Pantry & Deli and is working on restoring the Greenbank Store with her partner Alex. Though her business occupies much of her time, she very much enjoys working with the Guillemot Research Group and teaching people about Whidbey's favorite seabird.

Anna Toledo

Photo of Anna ToledoAnna joined Island County in 2014, and coordinates the Island County Marine Resources Committee, an advisory body to the County Commissioners with the goal to protect and restore the local marine environment. Anna also manages Island County's Shore Friendly project, the goal of which is to promote alternatives to hard armoring along the shoreline.

Anna received her BS in Biology from the University of Richmond. Prior to moving from the east coast to Whidbey Island in 2014, Anna worked in environmental consulting in Washington, DC, and also spent time in Ecuador with the Peace Corps working on projects involving ecotourism, environmental education, and small business development.

Heather Trim

Picture of Heather TrimHeather has more than 25 years of experience in environmental work. Heather joined Zero Waste Washington as Executive Director at the end of 2016. Since then she  has been ramping up programs that build upon the organization’s signature producer responsibility policy initiatives. Her focus has been on programs to reduce upstream sources of waste, remove toxic chemicals from products, and reduce plastic pollution.

Previously, at Futurewise (for four years), she worked to prevent runoff from entering our waterways; improve shoreline management practices and policies; and address a range of issues such as community sustainability, habitats, and climate change. Heather was at People for Puget Sound for over ten years where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Earlier, she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council focusing on various projects leading to the greening of the rivers, including water quality, stormwater issues, pollution assessments and habitat renewal. She also worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, and pollution assessments of both surface and ground water for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Heather has extensive experience in the technical and scientific aspects of environmental policy. She has conducted education and outreach for over 20 years, ranging from community science projects to K-12 education and creative outreach projects. As part of the grass roots group, Zero Waste Seattle, she was a leader in the Seattle bag campaign and helped lead the advocacy effort for Seattle’s food serviceware, phone book opt-out, and commercial building recycling/compost ordinances.

Don Velasquez

 Don VelasquezHe began his WDFW career working with the Clam and Oyster Enhancement Project at Point Whitney facility on Hood Canal.

Since 1995 he has been working primarily with crab and shrimp fisheries in Puget Sound.

Don holds degrees from Oregon State University (BS Biology, 1986) and University of Washington (MS Fisheries, 1992).

Don is married to Lauri and they have raised two sons who have chosen to live in the Seattle area, despite the proximity to their parents.

Mark Wahl

Image of Mark WahlMark Wahl is coordinator of CLEAR on Whidbey (Citizen League Encouraging Awareness of Radiation). An independent math educator on South Whidbey, he has been a math learning specialist for many years including grade and high school teaching, adjunct professor at three area universities, and published author of four books for teachers.

Mark is also a longtime Whidbey citizen activist. That prominently includes presiding over the group WINS (Whidbey Island No-Spray), which led a successful effort to stop ubiquitous broadcast pesticide spraying on roadsides of Island County (now in effect for 18 years). WINS went on to work with and persuade Washington State DOT to ultimately cut all its roadside toxic spray by over 60% throughout the state.

Mark has a Masters in math with a minor in science and is well versed in politics, health, and education. For the last two years he and others in CLEAR have grown more concerned about the unacknowledged but ever-growing electrosmog cloud around us and the landscape. He has studied its many aspects that are now increasing toward crisis levels as Big Telecom and the FCC have avoided health-testing literally all of the many wireless systems and objects embedded in our lives as well as 5G and Internet-of-things now being promoted.

CLEAR website with much info:

James Watson

Picture of Jim WatsonJim is a Wildlife Research Scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the lead researcher for statewide raptor studies. He has spent the last 40+ years studying raptors in the western United States and abroad.

Jim has been employed by WDFW for 30 years, with his research focus including raptor population dynamics, migration ecology and management of raptors in human landscapes. He has deployed satellite PTTs and conducted spatial analysis of range use and migration on about 300 raptors , including bald and golden eagles, Buteos and Accipiters.

Jim is presently using satellite telemetry to investigate the ranging behavior of resident raptors before and after wind turbine construction. He is also studying golden eagle movements related to lead contaminants and range-wide movement ecology of ferruginous hawks. 

Jim serves on the federal technical assistance team for golden eagles. 

Jim has an MS in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University and a Bachelor's Degree from University of Colorado.

Kelly Webb

Kelly WebbBoard Chair of the Inland Ocean Coalition - dedicated to land and sea stewardship.

Contributor to production, marketing, ad fundraising for the 2019 edition of "Getting to the Water's Edge" produced by Sound Water Stewards.

Sound Waters Stewards Class of 2019.

Eli Wheat

Image of Eli WheatEli Wheat is a 2010 recipient of the UW's Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given to just two outstanding graduate teaching assistants each year.

In addition to teaching in the College's Program on the Environment, he also owns and operates SkyRoot farms, a 20-acre integrated animal and vegetable farm on south Whidbey Island.

Eli will speak on the impact of regenerative agriculture. In his spare time, Eli enjoys playing guitar, reading and hanging out with his family.

Todd Woodard

Todd Woodard sitting on in front of treesTodd Woodard, Director of the Samish Indian Nation’s Natural Resources Department, holds an AA in Environmental Conservation Technology and a BA degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology.

Todd has over 16 years’ experience in field sample collection and environmental monitoring and data analysis, management and grant administration mostly with Tribes in Western Washington. In addition, Todd has been involved in numerous stream and beach restoration projects involving riparian planting and large woody debris placement as well as grants management and reporting activities.

As the Director of Natural Resources for the Samish Indian Nation, Todd and his staff are tasked with “Preserving, Protecting and Enhancing Culturally Significant Natural Resources and Habitats within Samish Traditional Territory for current and future generations”. In his spare time, Todd is an avid sea kayaker exploring the waters of the Salish Sea and beyond.

Michael Yadrick

Michael Yadrick

Michael Yadrick currently designs and directs the work on restoration projects in the Environmentally Critical Areas in Seattle’s forested parkland. He also jumpstarted the Madrone Recovery Project in 2018 to re-focus restoration efforts in the City’s madrone forests.

There is a parallel regional effort called Arbutus ARME that Michael is working on in collaboration with Washington State University Plant Pathology Program.

Before life at the City of Seattle, he had a working background in land preservation, natural resources development and public engagement. Michael served the land trust community, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia ’02-’04) and former AmeriCorps member.

He has a Dual Master’s Degree in International Affairs from American University School of International Service and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. Michael has a Bachelor’s of Science from The Evergreen State College.

Professional tree-hugging during the week, you can also find Michael running in the local mountains and visiting local parks with his 8-yr old son.

Shawn Yanity

Shawn YanityShawn Yanity, is chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe.

Kevin W. Zobrist

Image of Kevin ZobristKevin is a professor with Washington State University. He coordinates the Extension Forestry Program in the Puget Sound area, working with people who own forested property.

Kevin has two forestry degrees from the University of Washington. His research interests include forestry education, forest health and ecology, and native trees.

He is based in Everett and is the author of the book "Native Trees of Western Washington."



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