Beth Hahn Acting Director

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 16, 2016 – The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute is committed to providing scientific leadership in developing and using knowledge needed to sustain wilderness ecosystems and value. The strength of that leadership has become enhanced with the appointment of Acting Director of the Institute Beth Hahn.
Hahn received her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Resource Ecology & Management from the University of Michigan in 2007. She began her career as a research wildlife biologist on a variety of field projects in several states, including AK, Mont. and MI. She also worked for the USDA Forest Service Northern Region as the Regional Wildlife Ecologist from 2007-2012.  Since 2008, she has also worked intermittently with the Office of International Programs, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State as a technical consultant on diverse natural resource management projects in 10 African countries including Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

Hahn’s current work focuses on three primary themes:

  • Contributing to the development of an evaluation framework to address whether ecological restoration actions should be taken in wilderness to mitigate, for example, the effects of climate change,
  • Leading an effort to synthesize the issues associated with wildlife science and management within wilderness, and
  • Continuing to provide analytic support and technical assistance to inform natural resource management programming by U.S. Government agencies working internationally

“Beth Hahn is very knowledgeable about wilderness and an excellent science leader for the National Wilderness Preservation System agencies,” said ALWRI Program Manager Susan Fox.