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Heather Cayton

Managing Director

Heather Cayton is a Research Technician at North Carolina State University and the Managing Director of ConservationCorridor.org. She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her M.S. from Virginia Tech, and has spent the past eight years studying corridors and rare butterflies in North Carolina.

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Nick Haddad

Research Scientist

Dr. Nick Haddad is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Biology at North Carolina State University. For more than 20 years, he has been studying how plants and animals use corridors. He has worked in the largest and longest-running corridor experiment, the Savannah River Site Corridor Project, and he has studied natural corridors used by rare butterflies.

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Neil McCoy

Graphic Designer

Neil McCoy is a graphic designer and science communicator who specializes in web design and development for science content. He collaborates with researchers and educators to visualize and present science in creative ways and to create websites for research extension and outreach, science education, and research tools.

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Cecile Albert

Cécile Albert

Cécile Albert is a CNRS Researcher working at the Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Environment (Aix-en-provence, France). She received her PhD from Grenoble University, and has completed a 3-years post-doc at Mcgill University (Canada). She has spent the past eight years studying intraspecific variation in plant traits along environmental gradients and developing modelling approaches for connectivity conservation.

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Muhammad Awais

Muhammad Awais earned his MPhil in Wildlife Management from PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi and BS (Hons) in Zoology from Hazara University Mansehra, Pakistan. His thesis focused on “Impact of climatic factors on human-common leopard conflict in Galiat Forests of Abbottabad, Pakistan”. He has also been working on conservation of Asiatic black bears in north-west Pakistan since 2015.

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Camilo Correa

Camilo Correa received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá, Colombia and is a PhD candidate in Environmental Geography at the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He also received a master’s degree in Geography (orientation in Integrated Landscape Management) from the same university. His dissertation focuses on the integration of landscape connectivity models in spatial conservation planning in a highly biodiverse landscape of Mexico.

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Amy Haymond

Amy Haymond is currently pursuing her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington. After graduation in June 2017, her goal is to work in the field of wildlife connectivity with a focus on river and salmon restoration.

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Douglas Knapp

Douglas Knapp is the executive director at La Esperanza. Originally trained as a biologist, Doug started his first career as a carpenter, contractor and architect. He later became an international science teacher in international schools and has published natural science materials, as well as bird sounds recorded in numerous countries. The dream for an Andean eco-lodge and reserve probably began in the early 90s, when he first stayed in the lodges of others.

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Paul Leonard

Paul Leonard is a postdoctoral fellow at Clemson University in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. He works with multiple conservation collaboratives and NGOs on landscape-scale conservation planning. You can read more about his work at conservationcomputing.com.

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Caitlin Littlefield

Caitlin Littlefield is a PhD candidate in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on strategies to facilitate species movement and persistence under climate change, particularly in forested ecosystems. She received her MS in forest ecology from the University of Vermont and a BA from Middlebury College.

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Holly Padgett

Holly Padgett is the Communications & Program Analyst at the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. She works closely with the DOI Climate Science Centers on science communications, project tracking, organizational development and various other tasks. Holly completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management at The George Washington University. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from North Carolina, Holly now resides in Missoula, Montana.

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