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At present, all TINS programming and operations are handled by our four 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.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
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 currently working on a status and distribution guide for the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin, but his interests span all taxa: he has authored papers on chipmunks, butterflies, 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, Ulitmate Frisbee, and the occasional gig with his bands Üncle Rïco and Bison.
Kirk Hardie, M.S.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Director of 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 Manager and AmeriCorps Member
Amy came to Lake Tahoe from her hometown of Austin, Texas. As an undergraduate she conducted research in paleoclimatology and graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Afterward she traveled the country as a field technician and interpretive educator working with birds, bats, and the occasional mountain lion.
Before joining TINS she was an AmeriCorps member teaching science programs to at-risk youth. She enjoys an array of outdoor activities from rock climbing to SCUBA, and reading in her downtime.
Robin Jones, M.A.
Outreach Manager and AmeriCorps Member
Finally back out west, Robin completed her Master's in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas this July after receiving her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at UCLA. Her graduate work focused on the molecular genetics of Philippine tailorbirds. She grew up in Bakersfield, California and spent most of her summer vacations fishing, backpacking, and horseback riding in June Lake, near Lee Vining in the Eastern Sierras.
She has done fieldwork in Nicaragua, Belize, and the Philippines, and is looking forward to getting more familiar with North American flora and fauna (and constellations!). A self-avowed nerd, her indoor pursuits include programming, statistics, and web development.
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