Meet the Field Staff

Jon Chance - Field Leader

Jon Chance - Field Leader

J. Chance's curiosity is often captured by macrophotography and quiet moments. Equipped with a B.S. in Resource Conservation and a scarlet canoe, Chance enjoys looking for sandy beaches below seas of sagebrush throughout Montana. He is the proud father of two Adventure Cats, Emmy and JC. 

Carly Stinson - Bitterroot Monitoring Intern

Carly Stinson - Bitterroot Monitoring Intern

Carly hails from Olympia, Washington, and will be going into her senior year at the University of Montana. She is majoring in Resource Conservation with an emphasis in Water Resources and a minor in Wilderness Studies. She likes to hike in the mountains and paint them when she is not competing in timbersports.

Lauren Swett - AB Wilderness Ranger Intern

Lauren Swett - AB Wilderness Ranger Intern

Lauren  just graduated from UM's resource conservation program as a global leadership initiative fellow with a minor in wilderness studies. Her at UM was powered by adventures in learning and exploring through the Wilderness Institute's Wilderness and Civilization, Patagonia field studies, and Winter Wilderness field studies courses as well as summers in Yellowstone National Park working as a research assistant for one of UM's wonderful PhD students. She is a proud advocate of our wild spaces and am stoked to get her boots out on the ground so she can grow to better understand peoples relationship with the wild as well as the dynamic of public lands in the United States. 

Dan Pendergraph - Field Leader

Dan Pendergraph - Field Leader

This is Dan Pendergraph's third season with Citizen Science and the Wilderness Institute. Over the past few years, he have had the pleasure of working from the low river bottoms of the Missouri Breaks  all the way up to the high alpine plateaus of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. His interests include botany, wildlife biology, sociology, ecosystem ecology, and large scale/small scale conservation of the cryosphere. When he is not working or studying, he enjoys fishing, splitboarding, and photographing all over Montana, especially in Wilderness.

Jackson Holte - AB Wilderness Ranger Intern

Jackson Holte - AB Wilderness Ranger Intern

Jackson Holte graduated from UM this spring with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, as well as Minors in Music and Wilderness Studies. While living in Missoula, he has worked as a mule packer, ranch hand, freelance musician, and writer. He is anxious to start with the Forest Service and get back on the right side of the Yellowstone.

Jamie Drysdale - Bitterroot Monitoring Intern

Jamie Drysdale - Bitterroot Monitoring Intern

Jamie Drysdale grew up in Randolph, Vermont. Hiking around the mountains of northern New England and New York he became addicted to the outdoors. He received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College before moving out west to live, hike, and ski in Teton Valley, Idaho.  He spent the last two summers working as a forestry technician for the USFS, and just last fall, Jamie enrolled in an Environmental Journalism masters program at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Lindsay Ashton - Field Leader

Lindsay Ashton - Field Leader

Lindsay is a senior at the University of Montana, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Climate Change and Wilderness Studies. Her passion for wilderness has grown through experiences with the Wild Rockies Field Institute and working for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Lindsay loves backcountry skiing, mountain biking, jumping in alpine lakes, and doing things that scare her, like learning to whitewater kayak.