The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation is exceedingly grateful to the many creative souls who have contributed to this Atlas of the Beartooth.  We appreciate all your voices!

 

 

About
Dan Aadland

Dan Aadland

Author Dan Aadland was raised in the foothills of the Beartooth Range, served as a Marine officer in Viet Nam, then earned a Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Utah. Widely published in equine and outdoor magazines, his ten books include In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter’s Journey and Sketches from the Ranch: A Montana Memoir (both from the University of Nebraska Press). Retired from teaching, Dan and his wife Emily raise cattle, horses, and mules on their historic ranch in south-central Montana.

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Alexis Adams

Alexis Adams

Lexy grew up at the edge of the Beartooth Mountains, in Red Lodge, and on an island off the coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. The landscapes of these places have shaped her life, her parenting (she is the mother of two teens) and her writing ever since, steering her focus to the intersections between food, culture and the environment and, most recently, migratory pollinators, nectar pathways and the toll humans have on these creatures, processes and places. Lexy has contributed to Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Oxford University Press, the Food & Environment Reporting Network, and many other outlets. These assignments have taken her—and sometimes her kids—by foot into the mountains of the Peloponnese to find one of the last producers of an ancient cheese, to the eastern Aegean to research the mastic tree and the culture and villages it spawned, to New Mexico to study climate change’s impact on an ancient system of irrigation, and to the poverty-stricken Arizona–Sonora borderlands to write about efforts to invigorate the region’s economy by restoring habitat for more than 900 species of wild pollinators.

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Micael Albonico

Micael Albonico

Cartographer Micael Albonico grew up in Tijeras, New Mexico. He graduated with a B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He is currently working as a GIS Technician/Cartographer for the Fluvial Habitat Center at Utah State University, formerly working remotely in Missoula, Montana and now in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has always had a love for the mountains and outdoor exploration through climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding. He now explores his home in the Southwest with his dog Lilly, a lab-mutt with outstanding athletic ability-- she is always pushing the limits and accompanying Micael on any adventure he goes on.

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Jason Baldes

Jason Baldes

Autho Jason Baldes, an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in land resources and environmental sciences from Montana State University, where he has focused on the reintroduction of buffalo to Tribal lands. In 2017 he spearheaded the successful effort to relocate a herd to the Wind River Indian Reservation, a project decades in the making, undertaken in collaboration with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, National Wildlife Federation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is an advocate, educator and speaker on indigenous cultural revitalization and ecological restoration who has also served as director of the Wind River Native Advocacy Center, where he was instrumental in the passing of the Wyoming Indian Education for All Act. He currently serves as the Tribal Buffalo Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s Tribal Lands Partnership Program.

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Courtney Blazon

Courtney Blazon

Artist Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator living and working in Missoula, MT. She is a graduate from Parsons School of Design, where she received her BFA in Illustration. She's shown in Missoula at the Brink Gallery, Dana Gallery, Missoula Art Museum, and outside of Montana, she has been shown in Seattle, Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and most recently at the Center for the Arts Theater Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings (Western Edition), Studio Visit Magazine, and juxtapoz.com. She received a Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award in 2011. She is represented by Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT. http://www.courtneyblazon.com

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Travis Burdick

Travis Burdick

Artist Travis Burdick grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. A journal keeper since high school, Travis writes and sketches his way to deeper connection with the world. For years Travis made his living in the mountains as an Outward Bound instructor and a leader for UC Santa Cruz's Wilderness Orientation program. He lives with his wife, Madeleine, and their dog Sophie in Red Lodge, MT, at the foot of the Beartooths.

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Todd Burritt

Todd Burritt

Todd Burritt is the author of Outside Ourselves: Landscape and Meaning in the Greater Yellowstone. From his home in Livingston, Montana, he enjoys the Absaroka-Beartooth in every season.

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Doug Chabot

Doug Chabot

Author Doug Chabot has been director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center since 2000. He received his B.A. in Outdoor Education from Prescott College in 1986. From 1990 to 1999 he worked as a professional ski patroller at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Bozeman, Montana. Starting in 1995 Doug has worked for the GNFAC as an avalanche specialist. He's also a mountain guide, climber and avalanche consultant. Doug has been on numerous climbing expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, resulting in many first ascents and new routes. In 2011, Doug co-founded Iqra Fund, a nonprofit devoted to getting girls educated in northern Pakistan. https://www.mtavalanche.com/, http://www.iqrafund.org/

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Lynn Bickerton Chan

Lynn Bickerton Chan

Artist Lynn Bickerton Chan works as a Landscape Architect for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park. Lynn has painted many of the trail head orientation maps and exhibit panels seen around Yellowstone and has completed commissions for historic buildings throughout the region. Other than the lessons of her landscape degree, Lynn is a self taught artist and uses pastel, pencil, and acrylic mediums in her art but her favorite is watercolor as she says it never ceases to amaze and inspire her, but will always keep her humble. "My passion is both the power of the natural world and the way people interact with it. I like to paint local scenery, both nature and cultural history, as not only do these meld well with my training but they are two very important elements in preserving our past and our future. I hope my art will help remind people of the wealth of our region's natural history - from the mountains and the natural wonders, the valleys and open spaces, to the old buildings and winding roads." [email protected]

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John Clayton

John Clayton

John Clayton is the author of Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon (Pegasus, 2017) which was an amazon.com nonfiction Editor’s Choice. His previous books include The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart, which was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, as well as Images of America: Red Lodge and Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier. His forthcoming book, tentatively titled Natural Rivals, is due out in 2019. A regular contributor to the Montana Quarterly, he has also published in Big Sky Journal, Salon, Newsweek, High Country News, and High Desert Journal (where “Working the Wilderness” first appeared). You can learn more about him at www.johnclaytonbooks.com.

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April Craighead

April Craighead

Author April Craighead has been working at the Craighead Institute as a wildlife biologist since 2000. April received her Master’s degree from Montana State University on the food habits of three avian predators in Yellowstone National Park. For the past ten years April has been working almost exclusively on American pikas and how their populations will change under a changing climate. April spends as much time as possible in the mountains where she feels most at home and alive. She lives with her husband, Lance and daughter, Willow and their dog and cat in Bozeman, Montana. http://www.craigheadinstitute.org/

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Cathy Cripps

Cathy Cripps

Author Cathy Cripps is a Mycologist and Professor at Montana State University where she teaches and does research on fungi. She earned her BS from the University of Michigan and PhD from Virginia Tech. Her research on mushrooms that survive in Arctic and alpine habitats has taken her to Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, the Austrian Alps, Finland, and Alaska. Her decades-long ecological and taxonomic work has revealed the diversity of mushrooms on the Beartooth Plateau and above tree line in the Rocky Mountains. She is lead author of “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat”, editor of “Fungi in Forest Ecosystems” and “Arctic and Alpine Mycology 8”, and author of numerous scientific papers. With over 40 years of experience collecting mushrooms, first as an amateur when she lived in a cabin in Colorado and later as a professional leading forays and teaching field classes in Montana, her love and enthusiasm for the fungal creatures of the Rocky Mountains runs deep. http://plantsciences.montana.edu/directory/faculty/1524013/cathy-cripps

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Patrick Cross

Patrick Cross

Author Patrick Cross is an ecologist and lab manager at the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center based in Bozeman, Montana. His earliest memory is from the Beartooths, running from what may have been a bear but was more likely a large, brown stump. For his 2015 M.S. in Systems Ecology from the University of Montana, he spent two winters on the Beartooth Plateau conducting research on its endemic Rocky Mountain red fox population. Before that, he was a biological field technician on research projects in Yellowstone National Park studying wild canine interactions and the diets of grizzly and black bears. He has also worked as a wildlife guide for the Yellowstone Safari Company, a newspaper reporter for the Big Timber (Montana) Pioneer, and a deckhand on F/V Alpine Girl and F/V Nawishkahei commercial salmon fishing boats in Alaska.

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Seabring Davis

Seabring Davis

Author Seabring Davis has been a writer and editor for 25 years. She is former editor-in-chief of Big Sky Journal and founding editor of Western Art & Architecture. Author of guidebooks, cookbooks, as well as essays about living in Montana and championing public lands for future generations, she lives in Livingston, Montana, where she and her husband own Chico Hot Springs Resort.

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Monte Dolack

Monte Dolack

A love of art, history and the natural world has shaped the content of artist Monte Dolack's imagery. Blending mythology, nature and elements from our modern civilization, his work is often infused with a sense of humor and irony. Monte’s keen interest in environmental issues has lead to commissions for the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited; he has created over 200 posters and prints for various organizations. In 2014 he was chosen to create the official national commemorative poster for the 50th Anniversary of the American Wilderness Act. www.dolack.com

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Shane Doyle

Shane Doyle

Author Shane Doyle, Ed.D is a Crow tribal member who grew up in Crow Agency, Montana, and now lives in Bozeman. Shane holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and recently completed a post-doctoral appointment in Genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Doyle is now an educational and cultural consultant, while taking care of his 5-year-old twin sons full-time. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman based Extreme History Project, the Montana Arts Council, and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee. Dr. Doyle was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association's Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017, and he and his wife Megkian are on the steering committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Raising Places Grant, which is focused on the community of Lodge Grass. Shane focused his doctoral research on the Absaroka Agency, in the foothills of the Beartooths, near present day Absarokee, where his great-grandfather was born in 1880. His great-great grandparents were married at the foot of the Absaroka range in 1869, so he has strong family ties to Absaroka-Beartooth region. He and Megkian are blessed with five amazing children, ages 5 - 13.

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Marci Dye

Marci Dye

Author Marci Dye lives and works in Red Lodge, MT, running Sylvan Peak Mountain Shop, a family run business catering to the backcountry travelers in the Beartooths, from backpacks to cross country skis. Real degree? Bachelor of Science in Sub-Alpine Botany, from University of Wyoming, and wishes she would have minored with a business degree. She is 4th generation resident of the East Rosebud valley. Her favorite time is spent on the snow, or on the water in our beautiful backyard with her three kids. Greatest accomplishment? Watching her young adult children choose degrees and livelihoods that let them be in the mountains, and living the life they love.

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Hilary Eisen

Hilary Eisen

Author Hilary Eisen has been drawn to the Beartooths for as long as she can remember. She currently lives in Bozeman and is the policy director at Winter Wildlands Alliance (www.winterwildlands.org), advocating for public lands, wild snowscapes, and human-powered winter recreation. Previously Hilary has worked on Wilderness trail crews and as a Wilderness ranger in the Absaroka-Beartooth, as a field technician on research projects studying wolves, coyotes, and bighorn sheep throughout the northern Rockies, and as a public lands advocate for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. She has a B.A. in conservation biology from Middlebury College and a M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana where her thesis research focused on whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Hilary cherishes time spent in the Beartooths in all seasons - seeking out adventure on foot, rock, ice, or skis whenever possible.

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Cristina Eisenberg

Cristina Eisenberg

Author Cristina Eisenberg is the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, where she directs a global ecological research program. She is an Indigenous and Latina scientist who holds doctorates in wildlife and forestry. Her research focuses on rewilding and ecological restoration: how restoring natural processes and relationships between disturbance (fire), apex predators (wolves), and their prey creates communities more resilient to climate change. She is the principal investigator on research projects in SW Alberta on wolves, fire, and bison, and in Scotland on rewilding the Highlands with wolves. She has authored two books, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity, and The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving America’s Predators. She is faculty at Oregon State University and Montana Technological University, and a Smithsonian Research Associate. She lives in Montana in a remote log cabin in the Swan Valley, and in Concord, Massachusetts, near Walden Pond. http://cristinaeisenberg.com/

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Beau Fredlund

Beau Fredlund

Beau Fredlund is a prominent Cooke City skier, guide and photographer who has a devout appreciation for the Absaroka/Beartooth Wilderness. He grew up in Billings, Montana, and worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service out of Red Lodge, Montana, before settling in Cooke City ten years ago where he is the owner and chief guide for Yellowstone Ski Tours. Beau has a degree from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology. He also guides for Beartooth Mountain Guides, Big Wild Adventures, and teaches avalanche education for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. He has extensive International travel and mountaineering experience, including first ski descents, in places like Alaska, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Kamchatka, Norway and New Zealand, but he is always happy to return to the Absaroka-Beartooths where he calls this magnificent landscape home.

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Brett French

Brett French

Author Brett French is a native Montanan who has worked as a newspaper and magazine writer across the Northwest during his 35 years in journalism. For the past 20 years he has been employed by the Billings Gazette newspaper where he now serves as the outdoors editor. In this role he has covered issues relating to forest use, Yellowstone National Park and its many wonders and issues, as well as outdoor recreation. As a resident of Billings he became enchanted with the nearby Beartooth Mountains, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, its wildlife and colorful history and prehistory.

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John Gillespie

John Gillespie

Author John Gillespie has been fascinated by the geology of Rocky Mountains for most of his life. He is passionate about Earth History and would say that it informs his spirituality and politics. He is a certified interpretive guide and geology instructor for Yellowstone Forever Institute and also leads field trips for Mountain Sky Ranch and other private groups. After studying geology at the University of Delaware, John founded two Montana-based geologic consulting firms, Sunburst Consulting and Sundance Energy and now applies his 40-year career in natural resources to the geology of Yellowstone Country and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He regularly explores Beartooth-Absaroka geology from the Cody and Red Lodge areas and from his home in Paradise Valley.

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Peter Halstead

Peter Halstead

Author Peter Halstead is an accomplished musician, poet and photographer. He studied piano with Russell Sherman in Boston, Vladimir Padwa in Ithaca, Irma Wolpe in New York, and organ with Charles Courboin (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York). Peter and his wife Cathy have always been passionate about supporting art, education and the environment. Their desire to ensure art continues to be accessible to future generations resulted in the foundation of Tippet Rise, in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains. Their proudest accomplishment is raising a family. Cathy and Peter have two wonderful daughters, Liza and Jenny, and two adorable grandchildren, Tia and Olivier. He is co-trustee with his wife Cathy of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, the Tippet Rise Foundation, and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. http://www.pianistlost.com/

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Austin Hart

Austin Hart

Author Austin Hart is a life long native to the Beartooth foothills of Montana and Wyoming. As the owner/operator of Beartooth Mountain Guides and Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area, he is able to engage with a diverse array of people that find endless inspiration within the A-B Wilderness. He holds BS and MS degrees in Geology from Western Washington University, in which his Master's thesis focused on eastern Beartooth tectonics and deposition into the western Bighorn Basin. He is co-author to several routes on snow, ice and rock in the Beartooths. Balancing the seasons as a professional ski patrol, mountain guide, geologist and ranch hand - work and play often occur at the same time. http://www.beartoothguides.com/

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David Kallenbach

David Kallenbach

Author David Kallenbach began his association with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness back in 1996, seeking a change from his job as a high school science teacher in suburban Denver. He came to Montana to work for the Voyageur Outward Bound School that utilized the A-B Wilderness - and also for Montana's quiet living and open space! At other times in his career he has worked as a Ranger/Naturalist for the National Park Service in such far-flung places as Denali, Alaska, and Death Valley, California. Becoming the Executive Director of the ABWF stems from a lifelong passion for wilderness activities and learning about the natural world, but also comes from a desire to see our wild lands remain un-impacted, their beauty unmarred, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy wilderness in its natural state. He enjoys hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing through Montana's seasons, but will also be found walking his dog, taking photographs or reading from his home in Red Lodge.

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Ed Kemmick

Ed Kemmick

Author Ed Kemmick has been a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist in Montana for 35 years. He left a long career with the Billings Gazette in 2014 to launch Last Best News, an independent online newspaper, which ceased publication in the summer of 2018. A collection of some of his work, "The Big Sky, By and By," was published in 2011. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Billings.

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Alan Kesselheim

Alan Kesselheim

Author Alan Kesselheim has based his 35-year freelance career out of Bozeman, Montana. He is the author of 11 books and hundreds of magazine stories in magazines from Canoe & Kayak to Montana Quarterly, Glamour to Outside. His most recent books include Montana: Real Place, Real People and Let Them Paddle:Coming of Age on the Water. He runs a blog at alkesselheim.com.

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Tom Kohley

Tom Kohley

Cartographer Tom Kohley received his master’s degree in geography with an emphasis in natural resource management and geospatial technologies from the University of Wyoming - Go Pokes! He is certified as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) who has met the standards for ethical and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute. Tom would be pleased to provide work references upon request.

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Ivan Kosorok

Ivan Kosorok

Artist Ivan Kosorok, is a native Montanan born and raised in Red Lodge. Much of his inspiration is derived from his time spent outdoors in the Beartooths and surrounding areas. His main media is commonly seen through recycled bike parts such as chainrings, chains and cogs. He received his BA in Environmental Studies from Boise State University and is currently employed with a hydrogeological equipment company. On the weekends he will either be on his skis or on his bike.

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Jeffrey Lockwood

Jeffrey Lockwood

Author Jeffrey Lockwood earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University and worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming. In 2003, he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities in the department of philosophy where he teaches environmental ethics and philosophy of ecology, and in the program in creative writing where he is the director and teaches workshops in non-fiction. His writing has been honored with a Pushcart Prize, the John Burroughs award, IPBA Silver Medal, and inclusion in the Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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Jesse Logan

Ecologist Jesse Logan is a recognized authority on the condition of Greater Yellowstone's whitebark pine forests and the communities they support. After retiring in 2006 from a career in academia (Colorado State University and Virginia Tech.) and the US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Research Station), he continues research and advocacy for high elevation ecosystems of the Greater Yellowstone. In summer he is a Contract Instructor for Yellowstone Forever, and is a backcountry ski guide during winter, working out of Cooke City, MT for Yellowstone Ski Tours and Beartooth Powder Guides.

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William W. Macfarlane

Cartographer William (Wally) Macfarlane is an internationally renowned geographer/cartographer with experience ranging from Africa to the Himalayas. He also designed and conducted the only ecosystem wide aerial whitebark pine survey for the Greater Yellowstone. He is a Senior Researcher at the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab, Utah State University. For more about Wally, please see https://sites.google.com/a/joewheaton.org/et-al/people/researchers-technicians/Wally

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Mary Manning

Mary Manning

Author Mary Manning is the regional vegetation ecologist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, in Missoula, MT. Her work is focused on vegetation classification, inventory and monitoring, and assessment, primarily in woodland, shrubland, grassland and riparian/wetland vegetation. She also works on climate change related assessments, forest plan revision and sage-grouse related efforts. Prior to moving to Missoula in 1990, she worked for the regional office of the Intermountain Region on a riparian classification for the Humdoldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Mary also worked for various National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management as a range conservationist prior to returning to college for an MS in range ecology at University of Nevada, Reno, NV. Her undergraduate degree is in Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, with a minor in range management.

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Jonathan Marquis

Jonathan Marquis

Artist and author Jonathan Marquis wanders in the psychic geography of the American West, particularly in glaciated mountain ranges, repeatedly seeking sensorial encounters with remote bodies of ice and snow. Traversing his way across the divide of nature and culture in the age of the Anthropocene, his works take different routes, and utilize a variety of processes to consider how glaciers, and the landscape more broadly, makes its way to the body and into the imagination. His investigations began as an endeavor to draw each glacier in the state of Montana. He has since covered over a thousand miles on foot visiting glaciers in Montana and Alaska. He is a three-time recipient of the Medici Scholars Award, and in 2016, was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. [email protected]

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Mimi Matsuda

Mimi Matsuda

Mimi Matsuda is a full time artist living in Bozeman, Montana. After graduating from college with a degree in biology, she worked her dream job in the National Parks, as a National Park Ranger Naturalist for Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks. Using her artwork to connect people with the natural environment led her to a new career as a full-time artist. Today she paints to encourage people to emotionally connect with nature, sometimes through sheer beauty, sometimes through humor. Mimi’s whimsical art evolved from several interests. “I’ve always loved science, sports, conservation, and the universality of humor. People can identify with the imagery and put themselves in the animals’ situation. It’s a different kind of wildlife watching. The humor in my art seems to cross boundaries of age and culture. If people have an emotional connection to the natural world, which is easy through humor, it is my hope they will care enough to save it.” www.mimimatsudaart.com

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Scott McMillion

Scott McMillion

Atlas Editor Scott McMillion has covered conservation issues in greater Yellowstone for 30 years. He has spent most of his life in Livingston, Montana, in the shadow of the Absaroka Range. He is the author of Mark of the Grizzly, True Stories of Recent Bear Attacks and the Hard Lessons Learned, and is the editor in chief of Montana Quarterly, an award-winning literary journal published in Livingston. He was the editor and main contributor to Montana, Warts and All. His work has appeared in Audubon, Trout, Nature Conservancy, High Country News and many other magazines and anthologies.

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Linus Metzler

Web developer Linus Metzler is from Switzerland and has been working as a volunteer for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) since 2013. His work with the ABWF includes working on trails as well as developing and operating the ABWF's donor and volunteer database. Currently, he is in his final semester of studying computer science at ZHAW Schoof of Engineering in Winterthur, Switzerland and works as a developer in his company, limenet.ch creating websites and developing custom solutions for clients. In his spare time, you can find him running or hiking on trails (preferably in the A-B), traveling, and horse riding.

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Lee Nellis

Lee Nellis

Author Lee Nellis has been involved in land use planning and conservation in Greater Yellowstone (and throughout the US) so long that he actually testified in favor of the creation of the AB Wilderness 41 years ago!

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Kayhan Ostovar

Kayhan Ostovar

Author Kayhan Ostovar has taught conservation classes and field survey techniques at Rocky Mountain College for 10 years. He previously worked for MFWP conducting prairie fish and nongame surveys and further developed his interest in mountains as a graduate student studying bighorn sheep in Yellowstone. Since then he has organized and led four Bioblitzes including the first in Yellowstone. He has worked with citizen scientists and the USFS on carnivore surveys in the Absaroka-Beartooth’s, with Maasai youth in Kenya to combat the bush meat trade, and with the Audubon Society to monitor osprey along the Yellowstone River. In 2015 he organized student surveys for species of cultural interest on the Fort Belknap Reservation. Most recently he has been studying snapping turtles and spiny softshell turtles along the Yellowstone River and on the Crow Reservation. He particularly enjoys time in wilderness areas and on rivers searching for species that are often not seen or frequently overlooked. http://www.rocky.edu/academics/faculty/KayhanOstovar.php

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Traute Parrie

Traute Parrie

AB Atlas project leader Traute Parrie is at her best in the high mountain habitat of pikas. She is prone to long walks, skis, or rides, with or without a particular destination, such as her recent hike through Yellowstone from Lamar Trailhead south past Thorofare and Hawk's Rest Patrol Cabins, to Jackson. She worked for the US Forest Service for over 31 years, most recently as the Beartooth District Ranger on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, out of Red Lodge. She retained her red-card qualification as a Firefighter throughout her entire career. Now you will find her volunteering on the fun stuff, like pounding nails on fire lookout restoration projects.

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Patrick Pierson

Patrick Pierson

Author Pat Pierson is a soon to be retired Forest Service Geologist who presently serves as both the Forest Geologist and Minerals and Geology Program Manager for the Custer Gallatin National Forest stationed in Billings. He has resided in Carbon County, along the northern face of the Beartooth Mountains since 1979. Pat attended the University of Montana from 1979 to 1982 perusing degrees in both Forest Resource Management and Geology. During his Forest Service career, he has served as a wildland firefighter, a forester, a range administrator, a developed recreation host and interpreter, and an environmental analysis coordinator for the Beartooth District. Pat is best characterized as a multi-dimensional outdoorsy guy with a focus and emphasis on fly fishing and upland bird hunting. When not involved in Forest Service workings, it is more than likely he’s on the Stillwater River or traipsing the Beartooth foothills following his bird dog.

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Hank Rate

Hank Rate

Author Hank Rate was born, raised, and schooled hunting rabbits on the river bottoms and railroad rights-of-way of Depression-ravaged eastern Iowa. After military service in Japan, he transplanted to Montana. He was the last District Ranger on the Stillwater District in the Beartooth (1961-1965). He left the Forest Service and managed a ranch in the Judith Basin (1965-1968). For the past 50 years, he and his wife, Dorine, have lived in the old Cedar Creek school house on the bank of the Yellowstone. The family has earned a living and supported our livestock habit by land surveying. He has been published. by Field and Stream, True Magazine, High Country News, Mother Earth News, Doane's Agricultural Digest, Camping Journal.

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Loren Rausch

Loren Rausch

Author Loren Rausch made a name for himself climbing in the Mountains of South Central Montana. He and Rusty Willis made the first successful winter ascent of the Bear’s Tooth Spire in March 2010. Loren has many notable first ascents in the Red Lodge area and has a reputation for embarking on difficult, unclimbed lines, often with considerable risk for loose, hazardous rock. In addition to a love of climbing, he is a passionate high school science teacher on the Crow Reservation. He lives in Red Lodge, Montana.

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Joe Riis

Joe Riis

Author Joe Riis is a wildlife photographer and National Geographic Photography Fellow. Trained as a wildlife biologist, Joe often collaborates directly with research scientists to communicate and inspire the public on critical wildlife issues. He has photographed wildlife stories for National Geographic Magazine ranging from pronghorn migrations to Gobi bears and Tepui toads. In 2016, Joe and ecologist Arthur Middleton were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for their work on the elk migrations of the Greater Yellowstone. He is most known for his pioneering and award-winning photography of animal migrations in the West, often using camera traps to capture up-close portraits and cinema of migrating wildlife. His photography book Yellowstone Migrations released in Fall 2017, illustrates Joe’s decade long project on the animal migrations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. “I want people to think about the animal’s needs,” Riis says. “They need the freedom to move as seasons change and as the climate changes.” http://joeriis.com

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Elizabeth Claire Rose

Elizabeth Claire Rose

Artist Elizabeth Claire Rose earned her BA cum laude in Fine Art with a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. Rose has researched and created many series of artworks which explore landscape, migration, ecology, and place. She uses traditional methods of printmaking and photographic processes to create works on paper, illustrations, installations, and public art. Rose's is a recipient of artist residencies with the Parks Canada, Alberta Printmakers' Society in Alberta, Canada, Sedona Summer Colony, Sedona, AZ, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina (2), and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, Red Lodge, MT. She has received many awards for drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Her work is in many collections and has been exhibited across the United States, Canada, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. www.elizabethclairerose.com

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Taza Schaming

Taza Schaming

Since 2009, Wildife Ecologist and author Taza Schaming has been investigating the response of the keystone mutualism between whitebark pine and Clark's nutcrackers to declining habitat, first in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, then expanding into the Cascade Range in Washington. She finished her PhD at Cornell University in 2016, and is continuing her research as a long-term study. Through her work, she is striving to better understand and promote resilience and stability of plant-animal seed disperser mutualisms in the face of widespread environmental change. Now also a mother, Taza is now delighted to be raising her three-year old daughter with a pair of binoculars in her hands.

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Nate Schweber

Nate Schweber

Author Nate Schweber is a freelance journalist from Missoula, Montana currently living in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Preservation Magazine and Anthony Bourdain's Explore Parts Unknown. He is the author of the 2012 book "Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park."

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Tom Turiano

Tom Turiano

Author Thomas Turiano got his start as a ski mountaineer in Fairport, New York where he learned to climb, sled, and ski on his icy 200-foot backyard hill. Afraid of rope tows, T-bars, and chairlifts, he was often seen sidestepping alone along the sides of ski runs at East Coast ski areas. Not only was he content with fewer runs, but also he learned to love climbing hard snow and relish every hard-earned turn. Nowadays, when he isn’t writing books or playing guitar, he is climbing, skiing, packrafting, and canyoneering with friends and clients in remote wilderness regions worldwide. A resident of Wilson, Wyoming since 1985, he is author of Teton Skiing: A History and Guide; Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone: A Mountaineering History and Guide; Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier’s Guide: South; and Teton Pass Backcountry Guide.   [email protected]

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Callan Wink

Callan Wink

Author Callan Wink lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is a fly-fishing guide on the Yellowstone River. He is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Granta, Men’s Journal, and The Best American Short Stories among others. His first book, Dog Run Moon: Stories was published by Random House in 2016. His novel, August, is forthcoming in 2019.