Keynote Speakers

Mike Jones_Keynote Speaker, Alpine Steward ConferenceMike Jones is a biologist with the Massachusetts Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and the president of Beyond Ktaadn, a nonprofit alpine conservation organization. He earned a Ph.D. in biology and wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts and has conducted endangered species research from Québec, northern Maine, and the White Mountains to the Everglades and Yucatán. Mike worked five winters and four summers in the AMC’s White Mountain Huts and serves on the board of the Waterman Fund. In 2012 Mike co-authored and co-edited Eastern Alpine Guide, a natural history of alpine tundra in eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.

Liz Willey_Keynote Speaker-Alpine Stewardship GatheringLiz Willey is a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studies rare ecosystems and wildlife from Canada to Mexico. With Mike Jones and others, she co-authored and co-edited the Eastern Alpine Guide  and co-founded Beyond Ktaadn, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of alpine biodiversity in eastern North America. Over the past 15 years, she has worked throughout the eastern mountains, studying their weather, wetlands, and wildlife. Liz holds an engineering degree from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biology and Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts.

Amy Seidl - speaker Alpine Stewardship GatheringAmy Seidl is currently a Lecturer in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Her scientific research has focused on a broad range of ecological and evolutionary questions including plant/insect dynamics, butterfly ecology, and the effect of global warming on alpine communities. Amy is the author of two books on climate change, Early Spring: Waking to a Warming World (2009), which won a “Best Book” award from the Association of Academic and University Publishers, and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (2011). Amy received her Masters in Entomology from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She lectures widely on the subject of climate change from ecological and human dimensions.