Karsten Heuer is the Bison Reintroduction Project Manager for Banff National Park, a job he describes as the “most stimulating” in a 25-year career as a Park Warden and biologist in Alberta and the Yukon. He is also an award-winning author, known for his wildlife-inspired journeys undertaken with his documentary filmmaking wife, Leanne Allison (e.g. Being Caribou, Walking the Big Wild, Finding Farley).
Julia Klein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability and a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. The broad goals of Dr. Klein’s research are to understand how interacting global changes affect pastoral and mountain ecosystems and livelihoods, to detect the patterns and underlying mechanisms driving these responses and feedbacks, and to identify actions and pathways to increase adaptation opportunities to global change. The geographic focus of her research includes grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau, shortgrass steppe and alpine regions of Colorado, and global syntheses of mountain systems worldwide. Dr. Klein is a member of the Scientific Leadership Committee for the Mountain Research Initiative, and lead-PI of the Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network. She is also working on a documentary film about a dedicated group of people in the Peruvian Andes grappling with the severe and imminent effects of climate change.
Canadian author and musician Sid Marty was educated in Calgary (Mount Royal College) and Montreal (Sir George Williams University). After graduate studies in English literature at the University of Calgary, he “changed horses” and left academe to pursue a career as a national park warden in the mountains. In 1978, he resigned his position to become a full-time writer, and to advocate on behalf of wildlife and wild-land conservation. Of the many awards Marty has received over the years, two seem most relevant here. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Banff Mountain Festivals 'Summit of Excellence' Award for his literary and conservation efforts. In 2015, the Alberta Wilderness Association honoured him with its Wilderness Defender Award. Marty has written extensively on western culture and natural history topics for national magazines, and he explores those topics also in his music and published books. He has published five books of nonfiction and five books of poetry, and has also released two CD’s of his original songs. Sid and Myrna Marty live near the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta.
Martin F. Price holds the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, and is the Founding Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, University of the Highlands & Islands, Scotland. The primary emphasis of his research has been on mountain people and environments. He has acted as a consultant on mountain issues to many international organizations. He also has a strong interest in knowledge exchange, and has been active in both the Mountain Forum and the Mountain Partnership. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research and practice, and was recently Rapporteur of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. In 2012, he received the King Albert I Mountain Award for "exceptional knowledge and his editorial competence, and playing a vital role for the mountains of the world."
Linaya Workman's traditional name is Tlande, and she belongs to the Agay (wolf) clan of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in Yukon. Workman started working with her First Nation in 1991 developing the Renewable Resources Department and implementing relevant sections of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Final Agreement. During that time, she was extensively involved with many programs that benefitted her First Nation, including co-chair for the Yukon Wood Bison Technical Committee until 2016. Until March 2017, she also represented her First Nation and Canada at the Pacific Salmon Commission Treaty process as a Transboundary Rivers Panel Member. She is currently Site Superintendent for Kluane National Park & Reserve, where she has been busy working with the park board on implementing their mandate set out in the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Kluane First Nation Final Agreements.
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