Meet IAE's Southwest Program Technical Advisory Board
The Technical Advisory Board helps IAE prioritize conservation needs in New Mexico and the Southwest. Its goals are to:
- Identify opportunities for collaboration and project funding.
- Link IAE to potential seasonal staff, volunteers, landowners, and local experts in botany, wildlife, and ecology that may be able to assist with specific projects (i.e., pollinator projects).
- Keep IAE informed about New Mexico political, legislative, and regulatory developments (i.e., state-level changes in protection for rare plants resulting in new regulations for working with these species, or political changes affecting water use that may impact an IAE restoration project).
- Increase public awareness of IAE in NM and the type of work that we do.
Bob grew up in Albuquerque and obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He is working now as a biological consultant after retiring from the NM Forestry Division in Santa Fe where he worked on rare and endangered plant projects and natural land conservation programs. He maintains an academic connection to the University of New Mexico as a Curatorial Associate in the Herbarium at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. His interest in the New Mexico flora has resulted in the discovery of several new plant species in the state. Bob is an active member of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico where he has served as both Vice-President and President and is currently the NPSNM Workshop Coordinator. He also conducts regular docent trainings and botanical tours for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at the Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve. When not working in the wild, Bob likes to grow, cook and can veggies, raspberries and fruit from his home garden and orchard.
Forest Conservation Program Manager
The Nature Conservancy
New Mexico Field Office
Anne directs the Forest Conservation Program for the Nature Conservancy in New Mexico, where she works to improve the health and resilience of forests in an era of changing climates and the increasing occurrence of large, severe fires in the Southwest. Before joining the Conservancy in 2004, Anne was the US Forest Service Regional Botanist for the Pacific Southwest Region (California), where she also served as a planning specialist. Anne served as a Botanist/Ecologist for the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana prior to her assignments in California. She began her professional career with the National Park Service where she interpreted natural and human history for the public. Anne has a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College and an M.A. in Botany from the University of Montana. Working with IAE, she hopes to help develop strategies for improving practices and materials for post fire rehabilitation and reforestation.
Southwest Resource Association
Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Steve earned his B.S. and M.S. from the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He arrived in New Mexico in 1980 and began a 30-year career in environmental protection and natural resource management for the State of New Mexico. Butterflies have always been Steve’s passion and he has published a variety scientific and popular articles on these amazing creatures. Through countless talks and guided walks around the Southwest, he has become New Mexico's unofficial Butterfly Guy. New Mexico Magazine published his wonderful book, Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico, in 2009. After concluding his career in New Mexico State government in 2010, Steve worked for almost five years in various capacities for Audubon New Mexico. Living in Santa Fe, he continues to pursue passions for butterflies, pollinators and natural history through travel, writing, research and public presentations.
Land and Water Program Director
The Quivira Coalition
Mollie Walton, PhD is a restoration ecologist with the Quivira Coalition in Santa Fe New Mexico. Mollie grew up on the family ranch in the Texas Hill Country and spend much of her youth in the tristate area – Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. She has been working in New Mexico for the past decade to regenerate degraded lands working with both public and private land managers on riparian and rangeland restoration, monitoring, consulting and research.
Desert Oasis Teaching Garden
Driven by a passion for plants and a love for the Southwest, Tiana has worked on several agricultural projects across New Mexico, exploring the potential of growing food in arid landscapes. She has a keen interest in native, traditional, and medicinal plants of the Southwest. Tiana’s farming experience began on a four acre, diversified Organic farm, specializing in market gardening and restaurant sales. From there, she managed an education-based farm at Cottonwood Gulch, where she also explored a field-to-kitchen approach. These experiences, along with her continued permaculture education, solidified her passion for community education and development. The DOT Gardens provide a unique space for her to explore regenerative agricultural techniques while engaging the larger community in experiential and place-based education opportunities.