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KBO Staff

John Alexander, PhD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As Klamath Bird Observatory co-founder, John works with KBO’s Board of Directors, Research Advisor, Science Director, Outreach and Science Communications Specialist, and Executive Administrator overseeing all aspects of the organization’s efforts.

Kate Halstead

Kate Halstead, MS, Research Biologist Kate partnered with KBO on her Master’s thesis project, a study of songbird communities in the diverse oak habitats of the Rogue Basin.  Her research contributed to the Land Manager’s Guide to Bird Conservation in Oak Habitats of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the A Guide for Private Landowners: Restoring Oak Habitat in Southern Oregon and Northern California.  Through this work, Kate pursued her desire to use applied research to aid current avian conservation efforts. Kate was a KBO Research and Monitoring intern in 2008, and that year completed her BS at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She was also a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator and education raptor handler at Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis.  Kate has a colorful background in avian studies, botanical research, restoration, environmental education, and data management work throughout the Pacific Northwest and Florida. To contact Kate via email click here.

Caitlyn Gillespie, MS

RESEARCH BIOLOGIST Caitlyn joined KBO in August 2016 to assist with ongoing research, including the oak habitat conservation and species distribution modeling projects. She received her MS degree in applied ecology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015, where her thesis work focused on

Ellie Armstrong

FIELD and DATA MANAGER  Ellie helps manage KBO’s data and assists in organizing and running multiple projects during the field season including; the Trinity River project, the Point Count field season and Citizen Science effort. Ellie also helps manage and create contact for eBird Northwest, a regional portal of the international eBird website.

Sarah Rockwell, PhD

RESEARCH BIOLOGIST Sarah manages KBO’s bird monitoring work on the Trinity River Restoration Program in northwestern California. The goal of this research is to determine how changes in habitat structure associated with river restoration are related to bird abundance, diversity, and demography.

Jaime Stephens, MS

SCIENCE DIRECTOR As Science Director, Jaime oversees KBO’s long-term monitoring and applied ecological research programs. She works closely with staff to design, implement, and deliver conservation relevant science. Jaime collaborates with a diverse suite of partners

Jacob McNab

DIRECTOR”S ASSISTANT and ADMINISTRATOR Jacob joined KBO in September of 2016 after moving to Ashland from the San Francisco Bay area in California. He wears many hats as the Office Administrator, including assisting the Executive Director. Jacob received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2015. He also
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