Staff

Dr. Phoebe Barnard - Executive Director
Phoebe brings to PBI impressive credentials as a highly motivated climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, sustainability strategist, and environmental planner. Phoebe was most recently the Climate Change Science Lead and Biodiversity Futures Program Head at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. In addition to her executive director role with PBI, she has been appointed affiliate professor in conservation biology and environmental futures, University of Washington, Bothell, and associate researcher, University of Cape Town institutes for ornithology and climate and development.

Phoebe Barnard
Peter Morrison - Senior Ecologist
Peter served as Executive Director of PBI from 1998 to 2017. Now, he has transitioned into a research position to allow more time for research and writing. He has a multifaceted career in conservation science with expertise in ecology, conservation biology, botany, conservation planning and GIS. Previously, he worked for Sierra Biodiversity Institute, the Wilderness Society, the US Forest Service, Oregon State University, the Sierra Club and as a consultant. Peter's work has been instrumental in the protection of several million acres and numerous imperiled species in North and South America.
Peter Morrison

Lucila Castro - Conservation Biologist
Lucila is a conservation biologist based in Argentina who is working on our South America Wildlands and Biodiversity Project. Lucila has studied the flamingos of Argentina and conservation issues related to Mar Chiquita. She joined PBI's staff in 2013 and has gained expertise in biodiversity studies of wildlands, evaluation of conservation priorities and establishment of protected areas. She is currently working on a PhD in conservation biology at the Univ. Nacional de Cordoba. Lucila is PBI's representative in Argentina and manages the PBI office in Córdoba.

lucila castro
Kim Romain-Bondi - Senior Wildlife Biologist
Kim has a MS degree in wildlife ecology and worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as the manager of the Methow Wildlife Area. Kim’s career has focused on threatened and endangered species, including red wolves, grizzly bears, pygmy rabbits and western gray squirrels. Kim led PBI's Conservation Science and Leadership Course in 2016 and is planning future courses. She is extensively involved in PBI's studies of the effect of wildlfires and climate on local ecosystems and their wildlife.
Kim Romain-Bondi
Sarah Knudsen - Outreach and Office Manager
Sarah holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in geography and French from Western Washington University. With the geography program part of Huxley College of the Environment, her degree included extensive environmental science study. Her professional experience includes an internship with the Whatcom Land Trust, and several years in the insurance and risk management realm.
Sarah Knudsen

Kristina Bartowitz - Conservation Biologist
Kristina has a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a BS in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison. She studied and worked abroad on conservation science projects in Panama and Costa Rica for over a year. Kristina completed a six month internship at PBI in 2015-2016 and was added to our staff in 2016. She has diverse expertise in conservation biology, botany, wildlife biology, ecology, statistics and GIS analysis.

kristina bartowitz
George Wooten - Botanist and Website Developer
George is a multi-faceted botanist and website developer with expertise in many areas of conservation science. George has worked for Pacific Biodiversity Institute since 2000 on projects including botanical surveys, ecological assessments and wildfire behavior analysis. He also works with Conservation Northwest and is an adjunct instructor for Wenatchee Valley College where he teaches Botany and Ethnobotany.
George Wooten
María Laura Steffolani - Conservation Biologist
Laura is a biologist who received her degree from the National University of Córdoba. Recently she completed her thesis to receive a Master´s degree in Biology and Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She completed an internship with PBI in the first part of 2016 and is now working as part of our staff in our Córdoba office. Her interests are conservation and biological behavior.
Laura Steffolani


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