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At present, all TINS programming and operations are handled by our three full-time staff, and the volunteer efforts of our Board and other volunteers. However, in coming months, we may be looking for seasonal field crew, interns, volunteers, help with fundraising, adminstrative help, etc. Please check back regularly if you'd like to get involved, or just contact us.
T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
Director of Applied Science
Will has been working and birding in the Tahoe area since 1994. Originally a seasonal Tahoe resident (spending summers running crews for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory elsewhere in California, and falls working for PRBO on the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco), Will finally settled in Truckee in 2001, and has been intensively studying the region's natural history and ecosystems ever since. He is (slowly but surely) working on a status and distribution book for the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin, but his interests span all taxa: he has authored papers on chipmunks, butterflies, dragonflies, tiger beetles, and his own discovery of the Tahoe basin's second species of salamander. Will received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, studying bird communities in Sierra Nevada aspen habitats. He's never not birding, but he also attempts to squeeze in backcountry skiing, climbing, sea-kayaking, ultimate frisbee, and the occasional gig with various musical projects.
Kirk Hardie, MS
Director of Science Education
Kirk grew up in Sacramento, California and spent most winter weekends skiing in the Tahoe region. He has been an environmental educator in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Nevada, highlighting the beauty of birds in the natural world, among many other topics. In 2009, he received his Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he developed a four-week high school curriculum based on the ecology of the Great Basin. His background in field ornithology has included research projects with Gunnison Sage Grouse and Lewis' Woodpeckers, in addition to co-leading international birding trips. Kirk also teaches Field Ornithology as an adjunct faculty member at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV. His favorite pastimes are hiking, biking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
Education Program Manager
Ben grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. Being a member of a very active family, he spent a great deal of time exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he studied all things related to science, finally deciding on a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology. He spent two years working in a cell physiology and molecular biology lab at Western. His special interests are cell membrane proteins and ecology. He likes to spend his free time playing guitar, training for triathlons, hiking, camping, and sailing.
Outreach Program Manager
Carinne grew up in a small town just outside of Fort Worth, Texas, but considers Austin to be her home. Upon graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Communication, she decided to further explore her passion for children. Carinne left to teach English in Thailand in the fall of 2011, and has been working in the education field ever since, from Bangkok to Austin to the Lake Tahoe region. She came to us from the Boys and Girls Club, where she ran programs for literacy, science, and animal education. Carinne loves doing yoga, dabbling in triathlons, spending time outdoors and on the slopes, and traveling.
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