Meet Our Scientists

Holly Copeland
Spatial Ecologist/ Habitat Modeler, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Holly works on spatial analysis for statewide and regional threat assessments, mitigation planning, modeling future energy development scenarios and conservation priorities assessments. She received her undergraduate degree in geography from the University of California at Davis and her master’s in geography from the University of Wyoming with additional training and courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistics at Duke University and Colorado State University. Copeland has articles published in the Journal of Conservation Planning, Bioscience, and Studies in Avian Biology.

Amy Pocewicz
Landscape Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Amy’s research has focused on the ecological and social implications of landscape change, alternative scenarios modeling, energy mitigation planning, and the effectiveness of conservation strategies such as conservation easements. Current projects include mapping places important to people, identifying concentration areas for migratory birds, and modeling the outcomes of funding policies on greater sage-grouse populations. Amy received her Ph.D. in landscape ecology from the University of Idaho in 2006. She also has a M.S. in GIS and remote sensing from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in forestry from the University of Illinois. When she’s not behind the computer screen, you may find her hiking in the Wind River Mountains or leading one of the Conservancy’s annual butterfly counts.

Past Science Staff
Joe Kiesecker, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Brian Mealor, Assistant Professor and Weed Extension Specialist, University of Wyoming


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