Science Advisor, North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Jean PolfusDoctoral Candidate, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Jean Lieppert Polfus is a doctoral candidate at the University of Manitoba. Jean's research explores the genetic and cultural diversity of caribou by conducting non-invasive population genetic and traditional knowledge studies on caribou populations in partnership with the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı and five Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę of the Sahtú Region of the Northwest Territories. Jean is committed to an approach to conservation that respects the lives and experiences of people that depend on natural resources for their livelihood.
In 2008 she developed a Master’s project through a unique collaboration between the University of Montana, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, and Round River Conservation Studies. Her research supported the management initiatives of the First Nation by using an innovative combination of modeling approaches to determine the cumulative effects of human developments on woodland caribou, including the development of robust habitat models based on the traditional knowledge of the First Nation. Her long-term goal is to find innovative ways to translate ideas and concepts between worldviews and cultures to promote a more thorough and mutually affirming understanding of wildlife conservation.
Regina RochefortScience Advisor, North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Regina Rochefort is a Plant Ecologist and Science Advisor at Washington's North Cascades National Park Service Complex, where she has been employed for the past 16 years. As Science Advisor, Regina works with park managers to integrate current science into park management, identifies applied research needs, facilitates research within the park, and manages the Research Permit System for North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Regina is the lead on Climate Adaptation and is a co-lead on the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership. She is interested in the management of high elevation ecosystems in the Cascades of Washington State and British Columbia.
Regina was the lead author on NPS long-term monitoring protocols for subalpine and alpine vegetation in North Cascades, Mount Rainier, and Olympic National Parks and for prairie vegetation monitoring at San Juan Island National Historical Park (WA). She leads the Cascade Butterfly Project, a citizen science program that monitors subalpine butterflies and plant phenology in North Cascades NP, Mount Rainier NP, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Regina has Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where she studied climate effects on high-elevation plant communities; an M.F.S from Yale University; and a B.S. from Northeastern University.