Organizers

Symposium Co – Chairs

David Dahlgren
David Dahlgren
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Utah State University
Dave is a co-chair of the 14th IGS and an Assistant Professor in the Wildland Resources Department, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University. The majority of his work involves grouse conservation and his current projects concern dusky, ruffed, sage-, and sharp-tailed grouse in western North America. Dave is excited to host the upcoming IGS in Logan, and looks forward to "grouse folks" from around the world visiting and sharing information here in Utah.
Dwayne Elmore
Dwayne Elmore
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Oklahoma State University
Dwayne Elmore is a Professor, Wildlife Extension Specialist, and Bollenbach Chair in Wildlife Biology in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. Specific areas of interest include wildlife habitat relationships, fire ecology, and thermal ecology.

Current research projects are focused how management and human activity affect northern bobwhite, scaled quail, greater prairie-chicken, lesser prairie-chicken, and wild turkey. He works with various stakeholder groups including private landowners, The Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Bureau of Land Management, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to provide technical assistance on land management issues.

Symposium Planning Committee

Jeffrey Beck
Jeffrey Beck
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University of Wyoming
Jeff Beck is an Associate Professor in Wildlife Habitat Restoration Ecology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. His research interests lie in wildlife habitat ecology and restoration ecology with a focus on restoring the functionality and structure of wildlife habitats in disturbed rangeland systems. Two general areas of emphasis that his lab pursues include: 1. Understanding the direct and indirect impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on grouse and ungulates, and 2. Evaluating the efficacy of conservation practices and policy for wildlife in sagebrush habitats. Stakeholders he has worked with extensively include private landowners, energy industry, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and other state and federal agencies.
Robbie Gerber
Robbie Gerber
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USU Conferencing
Robbie Gerber has 12 years of extensive conference and Event planning. Some of his related experience includes the International Sage Grouse Forum and Sagebrush Conference held 2014 and 2016 respectively in Salt Lake City, Utah – USA. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management.
Rae Ann Hart
Rae Ann Hart
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USU Staff
Rae Ann Hart serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Community Based Conservation Program and the Berryman Institute. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University and has worked in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University for over 30 years.
Terry Messmer
Terry Messmer
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Arrangement and Finance
Terry is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University (USU), Logan. He is also the Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute (BI) for Wildlife Damage Management, Utah Community-Based Conservation Program.
Michael Shroeder
Michael Schroeder
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Dept. Fish & Wildlife (Washington)
Dr. Michael Schroeder has worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1992 and focused most of his activities on the biology and management of several species of grouse. His research has included studies of population dynamics, behavioral ecology, translocations, and genetics.
Eric Thacker
Eric Thacker
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Utah State University
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