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Hilary Cooke
Associate Conservation Scientist
Hilary Cooke joined WCS Canada in 2010 as Research Associate for the Northern Boreal Mountains landscape. Here she is partnering with First Nation, territorial, and federal governments to identify priority areas for conservation and to fill information gaps for species and ecosystems of conservation interest, such as songbirds in valley-bottom habitats, with the goal of bringing science-based conservation solutions to resource management and land-use planning. Hilary began her career with WCS as a member of the North America Program in 1998, where she worked with WCS Researcher Dr. Steve Zack on riparian conservation issues in semi-arid regions of the western United States. Through field studies in Oregon, California and Wyoming, they linked healthy riparian bird communities with alternative riparian management practices used by private and public land managers. Throughout her academic and professional career, Hilary has been committed to developing and communicating science-based solutions for wildlife conservation in landscapes managed for resource use. Her research and conservation focus has been linking wildlife habitat ecology, primarily for birds, with best management practices in threatened or at-risk ecosystems. Her field studies have taken her from the high deserts of the western United States to the boreal forests of Canada. Hilary has a breadth of experience partnering with governments, industry, academia, private land managers, and non-governmental organizations. After earning a M.Sc. in Wildlife Management at Humboldt State University in 2002, Hilary returned to her native Canada in 2003 to complete a Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Alberta.
Lila Tauzer
Research Assistant
Lila holds the position of Research Assistant with the WCS Northern Boreal Mountains Landscape based in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she is responsible for providing research and field support. Lila received a B.Sc. in Biology from Humboldt State University and an M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has worked for over 10 years as a field biologist and her experience reflects her diverse interests. Besides her most recent work investigating habitat associations of western boreal songbirds, she has assisted with research on amphibians in the California Sierra Nevada mountains; raptors in Kenya; rattlesnakes and plants in the Great Basin desert; sheep and wolves in the Canadian Rockies; and birds in the Amazon. She is interested in landscape ecology, ecosystem function and climate change impacts on northern fauna, especially birds.

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