Meet Our Science Team

High Lonesome Ranch Institute Staff:

shaneMahoneyShane Mahoney is Director of the High Lonesome Institute. He is the founder and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., Vice-Chair of IUCN’s CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, and North American Expert to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). Shane completed a 30-year career with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2014, where he had served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science. In 2001, he founded and subsequently led the Institute for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. He served as a member of the Sustainable Use Committee for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as head of the Canadian delegation to the CIC. Shane currently serves as International Liaison for The Wildlife Society, is a Board Member of Conservation Force International, and is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club. He has been awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the International Conservationist of the Year Award by Safari Club International, and a Gold Medal in Wildlife Science by the Cesar Klieberg Institute. His scientific research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and his popular articles appear regularly in such well-read publications as Sports Afield. He is internationally sought after as a keynote speaker. Shane’s areas of expertise include wildlife, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, sustainable natural resources policy, and population ecology of large mammals.

Richard Kennedy, PhD, DVM, is the Database Developer and Research Veterinarian for HLI. He graduated with a DVM and PhD from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1986.

Trent Seager, MSc, is the HLI Aspen Ecologist, with a focus on aspen restoration. He also works on aspen restoration projects on National Forests in Oregon and California. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Forest Ecology studying climate change and disturbance using aspen as an ecosystem indicator.

Shelby Hiestand, MS, is HLI Field Coordinator for 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Science in fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and Master of Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale with the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory. Her thesis research was a survey and spatial analysis of bobcat parasites in Illinois. At High Lonesome Ranch she will be assisting research crews and the summer field schools for Prescott College, Trinity University, and the TEN program. She will also develop interpretive materials for guests.


HLI Scientist and Advisors

Michael Soulé, PhD, is Senior Science Advisor to HLI and a Co-Principal Investigator on the Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Keystone Predators, Elk, and Aspen in North-Central Colorado on the High Lonesome Ranch Research Project and HLR. Michael is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a founder and first President of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network. Michael has written and edited 9 books on science and has published more than 170 articles on population and evolutionary biology, fluctuating asymmetry, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics.

Howard Whiteman, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator on the Conservation Planning and Trophic Cascades Research for the Kimball Creek Watershed Restoration Project. He is a Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Director of the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University. He has been studying aquatic ecology and evolution in the Elk Mountains of Colorado as a principal investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory for more than two decades. His current research at HLR focuses on the role of trophic cascades in the restoration of stream and riparian ecosystems.

Kaylin Boeckman, B.S., is a graduate student at Murray State University working on the Conservation Planning and Trophic Cascades Research for the Kimball Creek Watershed Restoration Project.  She is gathering baseline data on trophic cascades within Kimball Creek and conducting experiments using the current top predator, tiger salamanders, to understand how predation influences the diversity and abundance of stream invertebrates.  She earned her B.S. from Truman State University.


Scot Peterson, B.S., is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Murray State University and is a co-investigator on the Conservation Planning and Trophic Cascades Research for the Kimball Creek Watershed Restoration Project. He is gathering baseline ecological data in order to measure the success of the proposed restoration of Kimball Creek, as well as investigating the ability of the stream community to recover from the restoration. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University (SIU), and worked as a research technician and lab manager in SIU’s Freshwater Ecology Lab.

Kenyon Fields, BA, MA, MS, is the Strategy Director for Wildlands Network and liaison from the Western Landowners Alliance to the HLR. Kenyon focuses on the Western Wildway Network Initiative — an international effort to employ the power of networks of people to protect a connected network of conservation lands from northern Alaska’s Brooks Range through the Rockies into northern Mexico. He leads their inter-organizational Connectivity Policy Working Group.

The High Lonesome Ranch properties also include the K-T Ranch in Meeker, Colorado.

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Turkey hunt & early spring fishing

Where the girls go, the boys will be close behind! Spring Cast & Blast is here at its best – turkey season coincides with early spring fishing for hungry trout. Yes, it’s turkey time. Combine that with early spring fishing and you’ve got yourself a winner. Book now for this great fun event that runs […]
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Good Friends. Good Times. Relax, Refresh, Renew Your Soul

Join Buzz & Rose Cox at the K-T this summer for a reunion of past guests July 29-August 3.  This summer we welcome back our former ranch hosts, Buzz and Rose Cox for an enjoyable 5-night/4-day trip where guests are encouraged to join in during the fabulous “hopper” season. Our baby sister ranch, the K-T […]
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Fly Fishing Expeditions at the High Lonesome Ranch

Explore the diversity around the main ranch and be inspired by some of our big beautiful neighborhood. Imagine creating a fly-fishing adventure designed to fit your individual needs and desires. Now it’s possible. In 2014 the Ranch introduced its new Expeditions Program. When it comes to fly-fishing and wing shooting for individual sportsmen and families […]
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Role of private landowners in species conservation

New plan recognizes role of private landowners in species conservation.
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The mission statement for the High Lonesome describes a "model of sustainability" that preserves stewardship of a large western landscape, maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while allowing a mix of uses - primarily ranching, recreation, and research.