Owner, EcologisT, GIS Analyst
Melissa received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science in Applied Ecology at Indiana University-Bloomington. After school and working in Grand Teton National Park for a summer, she fell in love with the west and has lived in Colorado since.
Melissa is an ecologist with a range of experience in wildlife management and conservation, plant and wildlife field surveys, technical writing, wetlands, and GIS analysis of natural resources data. Melissa's primary focus has been the conservation and management of wildlife resources in the West and has worked on numerous projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California over the last 7 years. She also has done academic research involving mountain pine beetle and forest ecology, ecotoxicology, and animal behavior. Melissa worked for academic institutions, non-profits, government, and consulting firms, including Colorado State Parks, before launching Collective Ecological Consulting, LLC.
Melissa has training in audial and visual bird identification and is an active birder in her spare time. She also has extensive experience with using GIS as a tool for better conservation and management and technical reporting. Melissa is also a certified ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. Melissa enjoys conducting any work in conservation and is eager to take on new, challenging projects.