Ben Jenson

Abby Hook - Former Board President

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Katie earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University where she majored in Wildlife Ecology.  She has teamed up with BeaversNW to gather information on device installations and subsequent monitoring and landowner satisfaction.  She has field experience studying endangered amphibians in Australia, grazing impacts on pygmy rabbits in Montana, and greater sage-grouse recovery in northern California.  Katie will be starting a Masters in Forestry in the Department for Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University in September 2015, where she will examine collaboration between agencies and landowners and explore the role of environmental outreach in human-wildlife conflict.  Katie loves sagebrush ecosystems, mammals, talking about food, and running around with her German shorthaired pointer, Stella.

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Katie's Research in the Emily Jane Davis Lab

Chris Tran - Wildlife Biologist & Rockstar

Abby Hook received her MPA and MSc in Hydrology from the University of Washington. After spending 10 years working for Tulalip Tribes in the Treaty Rights Office, Abby founded Hook Environmental, a small consultancy focused on adaptive management frameworks, facilitation, and environmental protection approaches that optimize benefits to the environment, economic development and human well being. Abby’s strong interest in finding creative solutions led her to develop the vision for beaver restoration in the Skykomish in 2012. In her spare time, Abby enjoys reading, gardening, and skiing.


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Veronica Owen graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in English. Veronica’s capstone thesis, titled “The Impacts of Beaver Dams on the Macroinvertebrate Biodiversity and Stream Health,” allowed her to spend time exploring beaver dams and ponds in the Methow Valley. She loves to spend her time in wetlands as well as most bodies of water and hopes to continue her education and experience in those ecosystems! In continuing to spend her time outdoors, Veronica competitively sailed in college and remains an active member of the Seattle sailing community. She loves to travel the world and see everything there is to offer! 

Zoe Hayes is a wetland ecology and wildlife biologist for the Sky Beaver Project. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and studied wildlife management in Tanzania through Boston University. She has a strong interest in community ecology and researching how wildlife management techniques can reduce human wildlife conflict and preserve the integrity of ecosystems. Zoe’s passion for wildlife and nature stems from a childhood spent riding horses and exploring the woods and beaches of the Pacific Northwest. When she is not measuring stream hydrology, she likes to travel, hike with her dog, snowboard, or otherwise enjoy the outdoors.

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Desirae Belcher is a research associate for the Sky Beaver Project. She is currently obtaining a B.S. from the University of Washington in Environmental Science and Resources Management with a concentration in wildlife conservation, as well as a minor in Quantitative Science. She looks forward to graduating in the spring of 2016. Her unwavering compassion for animals coupled with her insatiable penchant for learning created her desire to understand specific species interactions with their environment and to communicate, inspire, and excite the public to become more engaged in conserving, rehabilitating, or otherwise protecting these species. In her free time you will find her reading, writing, and often outside exploring nature.

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Morgan Krueger graduated with a B.S. from the University of Washington in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. During her time at UW, she worked on the Olympic Peninsula for two summers. In 2017, she worked at Olympic Natural Resources Center in their experimental tree plots, collecting data and helping research environmentally conscious ways to manage timber harvest. In 2018, she worked as an intern ranger at Olympic National Park giving educational programs and assisting park biologists. Her main passion lies with wildlife conservation and she doesn’t mind strapping on waders and getting down in the muck for the sake of helping out our local beaver neighbors.


Chris DiTomaso - Undergraduate Researcher & Social Entrepreneur

Jake Jacobson - Former Board Treasurer

Ben Jensen graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. During his time at UW, Ben interned with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group to monitor an estuary restoration site and completed a lowland forest restoration project on Mercer Island for his senior capstone. Ben joined Beavers Northwest after spending a summer as a fisheries technician for the Forest Service where he worked on a Skagit River Steelhead research project, primarily in PIT tag telemetry. He is interested in watershed scale
restoration (beavers included) to conserve pacific salmon and native trout, especially in the face of climate change. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and backpacking, snowboarding, cycling, and cooking.

Dana Needelman

Morgan Krueger

Katie Wollstein - Research Associate

Veronica Owen

Dana Needelman graduated from the University of Washington in 2017. Dana’s honors research project through the department of Biological Anthropology is titled “When Monkeys Push Your Buttons: Using GIS to Map Human-Macaque Conflict in Singapore”, which she is in the process of publishing. Having interned as a community outreach intern at the National Park Service and as an environmental policy intern at Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Dana has engaged with legislators, senators, and community members about environmental issues. Dana’s love and appreciation for the outdoors and the wildlife that lives in it has brought her to working at REI in the footwear department, as well as hosting and teaching classes through the Outdoor School at REI. She is ecstatic about getting to work hands on with beavers in the PNW! When not watching Planet Earth 2, Dana can be found hiking and backpacking, painting, cooking and exploring the greater Seattle area.

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Chris graduated from the University of Washington with dual degrees in Business Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science. He has been instrumental in leading a project to track landscape changes caused by beavers at release sites in the Sky Beaver Project. Check out his latest research poster here. He's passionate about using social entrepreneurship to stimulate intrigue and action for sustainable practices in every day life. Originally from California, he's converted to the Pacific Northwest sporting a bike, full beard, and the occasional plaid shirt. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and national geographic documentaries.

Beavers Northwest would not be who we are today without the endless commitment, passion, and dedication of the past interns and volunteers! 

Chris Tran is a research assistant for the Sky Beaver Project. He has gained a profound appreciation for beavers and seeks to continue learning about beaver ecology. He holds a BS degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in wild​life conservation from the University of Washington. No stream is too cold to sample for Chris Tran.

Desirae Belcher - Research Associate

Zoe Hayes - Wildlife Biologist & 2015 CREOi Conservation Fellow

Jake has 18 years of experience working in natural resource management, including salmon habitat protection and recovery, and water quality improvement. In 1998, he established a successful Beaverworks Management Program within Snohomish County Public Works. By the time he retired (2010), he had installed over 90 flow devices around the county, and provided technical advice to multiple agencies. He also conducted beaver browse control experiments, and measured browse impacts at restoration sites. In addition, he gave frequent workshops to natural resource professionals and public works staff throughout the northwest on methods and techniques for successful beaverworks management, and was a quest speaker to homeowner’s associations and in public meetings. Previous employers include NOAA Fisheries, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation, and Snohomish County. Former Certified Fisheries Professional, American Fisheries Society. BS  Environmental Studies, WWU, Bellingham, WA - 1993                          

He now spends his time fishing as much as he can.