December 27, 2015

Team Bio

 

Renee Seidler – Co-Founder, Board Member, Rehabilitation Specialist

Renee is the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Recently, she served as the Statewide Transportation Specialist for Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Prior to this, she was an Associate Conservation Scientist for 8 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program. She has a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. Renee was a pre-veterinary student at Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Microbiology, with an emphasis in Virology. She spent years working as a veterinary technician, gaining valuable skills in the care of domestic and wild animals. She has conducted behavioral and ecological research on coyotes, wolves, wolverine, moose, elk, pronghorn, and small mammals across the Western United States. She has contributed field time to tropical bird seed dispersal research in Panama and hyena social behavior studies in Kenya. She received the Richard Denny Best Speaker Award in 2009 for her presentation of novel research at the Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Renee is a science advisory committee member for Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, a citizen science program in Wyoming and a board member of the Joint Town and County Natural Resources Technical Advisory Board in Jackson, Wyoming. Renee co-authored the recently updated 2014 Pronghorn Management Guidelines, and recently published peer-reviewed articles on the topics of predator-prey interactions, industrial development effects on ungulates, anthropogenic impediments to long-distance migration, and understanding local road ecology and mitigating the effects of roads on wildlife.

Kristin Combs – Board Member

Kristin Combs holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, a M.Ed.
Curriculum and Instruction, and a M.S. in Science Education. Kristin is a certified, self-proclaimed nerd and loves all things science related. She spends her free time enjoying nature in a myriad of ways but bird and wildlife-watching is one of her favorites. Education has been a major focus of her life with six years spent as a field educator and faculty member at Teton Science Schools, and three and a half years as a middle-school science teacher. Mentoring is also a passion of hers and Kristin has been a mentor to high-school students in the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars, middle-school students with Girls Actively Participating, and future environmental educators in the AmeriCorps program. Always with a soft-spot for animals, she worked as a backcountry llama guide for four summers, was Program Director for Wyoming Untrapped for two years, and now works to promote science-based wildlife management as the Executive Director for Wyoming Wildlife Advocates. Volunteering as both a wildlife rehabber and board member of Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, she is eager to devote her spare time to helping wildlife, especially those who are affected by human activities. Along with her husband and corgi-mix pup, Kristin has called the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home for 16 years and feels lucky to live in such a beautiful place.