Mentoring for Conservation
5:45-7 p.m. • Mardy’s Front Porch
Speaker(s): Kate Gersh, Associate Director, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Trevor David Snow Bloom, MSc Biology, Phenology Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Bryan Bedrosian, Research Director, Teton Raptor Center
Megan Kohli, Branch Chief of Youth, Community Engagement & Volunteer Programs
Facilitator: Hannah Mook, TSS Director of Development
Session Description: How can mentors inspire and motivate the next generation of science and conservation leaders? Drawing on both personal and professional experiences, these four conservationists will reflect on early experiences that shaped their personal conservation ethic and discuss how this ethic drives their work today as scientists, educators, and mentors in their fields. These panelists will also discuss various successes and challenges of mentoring aspiring leaders, including models for volunteerism, youth engagement programs, citizen science and outreach projects, and pathways for becoming a professional scientist.