Forum Panelists ~ August 13, 2015
Acting Regional Trail Program Manage
Garrett Villanueva has worked for the Forest Service for the last 17 years managing roads and trails. He serves on the National Trail Board for the Forest Service and is the Pacific Southwest Regional Trail Program leader, serving all of California. His focus at the Regional Trail Program leader is on performance metrics, budget models, communication, policy updates, and supporting forest trail needs.
His work in trail management, planning, partnerships and collaboration has taken him around the world including Tel Aviv and Rio De Janeiro. Garrett is a father and an avid outdoorsman and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding and archery with his children. He also owns a paddle board company that specializes in hollow wooden paddle boards named after his daughter, Sawyer since 2008.
Forum Speaker ~ June 18, 2015
Mel Pohl M.D., FASAM
Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM, and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM. Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010).
Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. He has recently written a revised version of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2011).
Dr. Pohl was again named 2011-2012 Best Doctors in America by bestdoctors.com.
Mel Pohl, M.D., is a well-known and respected addiction specialist with more than twenty-nine years of experience treating addiction and addiction-related conditions.
He is a nationally known public speaker and coauthor of The Caregivers Journey: When You Love Someone with AIDS and Staying Sane: When You Care for Someone with Chronic Illness.
Co-chair ASAM’s Third, Fourth, and Fifth National Forums on AIDS and chemical dependency.
Former Chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee.
Member of program committee for ASAM’s annual meeting.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV.
AUTHOR OF A Day Without Pain The road to wellness.
Forum Panelists ~ February 25, 2015
Gary Graham, Lands Program Director, Western Resource Advocates, Boulder, CO. Area of Focus: Gary seeks solutions to climate change and energy related threats to our iconic western landscapes.
Background: Gary joined Western Resource Advocates in 2009. He has been the Executive Director of Audubon Colorado, Director of the Wildlife Division as well as Chief of the Endangered Resources Branch at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Gary was a project manager of the Texas Watchable Wildlife Project for Defenders of Wildlife and an associate science director at Bat Conservation International. He is the author of Golden Guide to Bats of the World and the Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide.
Education: Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. and B.S. from Louisiana State University.
Favorite thing about the West: The smell of the mountain forests after a summer rain and the first snowflakes that fall in autumn.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 199
Office: (775) 784-4108
Building: Applied Research Facility, Office 302
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B.S. 1972, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. 1977, University of California, Davis
ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST
The transport and transformation of organic and inorganic compounds is the focus of my research. Our laboratory has a long-term interest in the environmental photochemistry of organic compounds, and recently is focusing on the photolysis of pesticides on soil surfaces and in the gas phase. We have developed a heated gas-phase photoreactor which has been very useful in establishing concentrations of pesticides in the gas-phase which can be irradiated with solar simulators. We are also working on a variety of projects related to contamination from mining sites, both from current precious metals mining sites and historic mines. We have developed an anaerobic bioreactor that uses sulfate-reducing bacteria to raise the pH of wastewater and also to remove metals and sulfate from effluent streams. We are also studying the geochemistry of precious metals mining pit lakes, which will be created once many of the large mines close. The long-term impact of these pit lakes on the environment is unknown, and we are investigating methods to predict the eventual water quality in these lakes.
Forum Speakers ~ January 22, 2015
Dr. Alyson Andreasen
Dr. Alyson Andreasen is an Associate Conservation Scientist and Field Ecologist with the North American Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Alyson is a 4th generation Nevadan and grew up in Carson City. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno she obtained her master’s degree from the University of Colorado where she studied human-black bear interactions. She returned to Nevada to gain more experience working with black bears before initiating and completed her PhD in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at UNR. Alyson initiated her PhD research in Nevada in 2008 at UNR as a collaborative effort with WCS and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to examine how human-altered environments affect mountain lion ecology and behavior. Her research was the first field research on mountain lions to be conducted in Nevada since the 1970s and has led to a greater understanding of how mountain lions move among populations at a landscape scale and has shed new light on predation behavior and population dynamics. Alyson’s research on mountain lions in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin has impacted local, national, and international conservation and management.
In addition to numerous scientific meeting presentations, Alyson has been an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Society of Rangeland Management, and predator-prey panel at the 11th Mountain Lion Workshop, where she provided new insight into interactions among mountain lions and prey. Her research on mountain lions in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin has been published in the international peer-reviewed journal, Molecular Ecology. At the local level, Alyson provides numerous presentations annually to various community groups. In addition to research on predator-prey interactions in Nevada, as a post-doctoral researcher with WCS, Alyson was involved with efforts to understand the impacts of roads on migration of moose and elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and identify locations where road crossing structures may be used to mitigate road mortality. Alyson’s research on species such as mountain lions and bears—species that present biological, political, and social challenges—has made her passionate about working with a diverse array of stakeholders with varied opinions and backgrounds to achieve conservation for these species. Alyson currently lives in Reno with her husband and 2 year old son and is continuing long-term research on mountain lions in western Nevada.
Carl Lackey, NV Dept. of Wildlife
Nevada’s bear program, which includes public education and the Karelian Bear Dog program, has benefited immensely by its relationship with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Working together since 1999 the NDOW/WCS team with Jon Beckmann of WCS and Carl Lackey of NDOW led the way in urban bear research. It is one of the longest running studies in North America and has produced several peer-reviewed publications in professional journals. As of early 2013 they have handled nearly 1,000 bears and marked well over 350 bears.
Their most recent publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management revised historical range maps for black bears in North America and documented the expansion of the species back into some of this habitat in Nevada
(see JWM 77(4) 2013).
They are currently partnered with the University of Nevada, Reno on a bear DNA project, the University of Tennessee on an isotope analysis of bear hair, and Columbia University in New York analyzing GPS data to learn just how bears utilize their habitat.
Courtesy of http://www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic/Bear_Research/