Kris has over 20 years of experience in wildlife research and applies that background to guide collaborative efforts that take science to conservation action. She has worked on a number of emotionally-charged issues (e.g. gray wolf recovery, spotted owl monitoring, impact of using hounds to hunt, and grizzly bear population expansion) and has demonstrated an ability to navigate diverse perspectives and interests to build a broader constituency for conservation. She helps create strong collaborative efforts with local stakeholders, decision makers, and agency partners that result in positive change in the interactions between people and wildlife. Kris received a BS in wildlife management at the University of Maine and an MS in wildlife ecology at Virginia Polytech and State University, where she focused in wildlife policy and human-wildlife dynamics.