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Karin Vardaman

Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Karin now resides in Indian Hills Colorado.  She completed her studies in Marine Science in Baja, Mexico in 1988.

Karin has over 30 years experience in non-profit leadership, wildlife conservation, and environmental education. She began her career as the Director of Animal Care and Operation for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center before joining the Ocean Institute in Dana Point in 1989 as a senior director in  marine conservation and maritime history.

In 2011 Karin joined the California Wolf Center first as a volunteer, then eventually as the Director for California Wolf Recovery.  While with the California Wolf Center, Karin worked in animal husbandry and education; spent time working with the Mexican Wolf project, and acted as the representative for the California Wolf Management Stakeholder Working Group.  Her primary efforts focused on working within the livestock community to co-implement progressive, long-term strategies for reducing wolf-livestock conflict. This led to the founding of the Working Circle Proactive Stewardship Program. 

Karin currently works with Defenders of Wildlife as a Senior Representative for the Rockies and Plains Program, acting as the lead wolf biologist for Colorado.