Lee O'Brien

I'm returning to CSU to pursue a Ph.D. working with Dr. Paul Evangelista. I'm currently employed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Inventory & Monitoring Program. The USFWS has asked me to develop a national plan for conserving "functional landscapes" capable of supporting self-sustaining populations of fish, wildlife and plants, using a surrogate species approach to determine what type, how much, and where habitat is required and the necessary configuration within landscapes. I will also propose ways that wildlife refuges can contribute to conserving functional landscapes. I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Ecology from CSU, after starting out as a Philosophy student at U.C. Davis. I've done spatially explicit wildlife conservation planning for about 19 years, working on projects in Colorado, California, Utah, Idaho, Alaska and regionally in the Southwest, Central Hardwoods and Yellowstone. I'm originally from St. Louis, MO. I first moved to Fort Collins in 1989 and have moved away and back several times... this time I'm here to stay!