Teton Research Institute

Formerly the Conservation Research Center

Faculty & Staff

  • Doug Wachob, Ph.D.

    Associate Executive Director
    Overseeing Teton Research Institute, Property Management and Idaho Initiative
    Ph.D. and M.S., Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
    B.S., University of Minnesota

    Doug has been Graduate Faculty, Dean of Academics and Director of the Teton Research Institute at Teton Science Schools. He was recently the Director of Conservation for the Alaska Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. His academic background is in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on the ecology of human dominated landscapes. He was an award winning instructor at the University of Wyoming. Doug's career has focused on conservation and educating people about the natural world because of his passion for seeing people learn about science, wild landscapes and wildlife. He is an avid outdoors person with strong interests in outdoor recreation including cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking, hunting and wilderness.

  • Corinna Riginos, Ph.D.

    Research Ecologist
    Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis
    B.S., Environmental Science, Brown University

    Corinna is a community ecologist whose work centers on understanding how we can conserve biodiversity while simultaneously meeting the needs of people. Before joining the TRI, Corinna lived and worked in Kenya and South Africa, where she studied the effects of domestic livestock management on native plants and large mammals. As a new member of the Teton Research Institute, Corinna is looking forward to applying her skills to conservation and land management issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Outside of work, Corinna enjoys creative writing, a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with her husband, son and two dogs.

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  • Kevin Krasnow, Ph.D.

    Research and Graduate Faculty
    Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
    M.S., Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
    B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University

    Kevin is an educator and ecologist passionate about understanding how to live sustainably with the natural world. He has instructed Outward Bound courses in the Beartooth Mountains, taught high school biology and chemistry, and directed an outdoor leadership and science program in San Francisco public schools. He has conducted research in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains focusing on aspen ecology and restoration, fire history/ecology, and fuels mapping and fire simulation. Kevin enjoys being outdoors and is looking forward to exploring the Tetons with his wife and daughter.

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  • Morgan Graham

    Geographic Information Systems Manager and Faculty
    B.A., Biology, Macalester College

    Morgan began working with the Teton Research Institute in August of 2006. As Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager, he oversees the acquisition, organization and analysis of geospatial data for research and stewardship projects. After graduating with a degree in biology and cartography in 2003, Morgan honed his field/mapping skills in Minnesota, Colorado, New York and Hawaii. Some of his current projects include monitoring conservation easements, conducting water rights research and creating data and maps for ungulate habitat assessments.

  • Kelli Petrick

    Research and Stewardship Coordinator
    M.Ed., Science Education from the University of Washington
    Certificate in Education, Environment and Community, Islandwood's Graduate Program
    B.S., Environmental Science, University of Mary Washington

    Joining the Teton Research Institute in April 2009, Kelli utilizes her science education and community service background to develop research and service opportunities across the organization. Prior to joining Teton Science Schools, Kelli studied and implemented science education as a teacher and naturalist in outdoor and independent schools in Maryland, Washington, California and South Africa. Kelli enjoys inspiring learners of all ages to be science and stewardship ambassadors in their communities.

  • Sara Fagan

    Program Coordinator
    M.E.M. (Environmental Management), Duke University
    B.S. and B.A., Botany, Miami University, Oxford, OH

    Sara brings to Teton Science Schools a variety of experience in education, outreach and nonprofit management, including work at Duke University, the Home Depot Environmental Programs Department, NC Wildlife Federation and Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center. Sara enjoys running, yoga, dabbling with art, volunteering for her local community, and exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with her husband and dog.

  • Chauncey Smith

    GIS/Natural Resource Technician
    B.S., Environmental Sciences University of Vermont

    Before coming to Jackson, Chauncey did conservation work in the Mojave Desert, mangrove research, soil research and environmental education in Vermont and Pennsylvania. She joined the Teton Rresearch Institute in May, 2012. Chauncey combines her studies in geospatial technologies and conservation biology in her role as GIS/Natural Resource Technician at the Teton Research Institute. You might call her a cartographer- but she also manages data, runs analysis with spatial data and preforms conservation services, like land monitoring, throughout the community. In her spare time she enjoys bicycling, badminton, classical Latin, making juice, handicrafts, and activities.

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