Faculty & Staff
Kari Gunderson is the Education Coordinator and Instructor for the Wilderness Management Distance Education Program, Wilderness Institute, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana (UM). She also teaches recreation and wilderness management courses at UM and at Salish-Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Kari received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, & Wilderness Management from the University of Minnesota. Kari completed her post-doctorate at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute where she conducted research on mapping place meanings for landscape level fuel reduction projects on the Bitterroot National Forest and the Flathead Indian Reservation. She serves as an Associate Editor for The International Journal of Wilderness. Kari makes her home in the Swan Valley of northwestern Montana, where she recently retired after 35 years working as a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. Her passion in life is to teach in, about and for Wilderness.
Will Fabro is the manager of the Wilderness Management Distance Education Program. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literature/Writing and Critical Gender Studies, and his short fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in various anthologies and journals. A native to Los Angeles and transplant from New York, Will is new to Montana and enjoys exploring its wondrous landscapes.