About Washington Conservation Science

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and
waters on which all life depends.

TNC's Washington Conservation Science Program supports this mission by engaging as collaborative partners with public & private agencies, by pioneering new approaches to conservation, and by providing the best available science at all levels of decision making.

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Washington Conservation Science Staff

Erica Simek Sloniker, GIS Specialist (joined TNC 2007)
  • B.A., 2004, Geography, Western Washington University

As a GIS Specialist & Visual Communications lead, Erica provides cartographic and science communications support to The Nature Conservancy’s Washington Chapter. She produces maps and other visual products that tell The Nature Conservancy’s conservation stories. She also provides staff with geospatial technical hardware and software assistance and acts as webmaster for the Washington Conservation Science and Planning website. Her passion for both art and the environment is reflected in all of her work. For fun, Erica enjoys buying food at farmer’s markets and cooking gourmet meals.

Julie Morse, Project Ecologist Julie Morse (joined TNC 2008)
  • M.S., 2005, Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • B.S., 1995, Biology and Geology, Earlham College

Julie has been conducting research on migratory birds for over a decade, with a focus on population dynamics of threatened or endangered shorebirds and seaducks. Much of her career has been spent living in a tent, driving a zodiac, and searching for nests in very remote locations of Alaska. She has an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where her research focused on human disturbance of Black Oystercatchers breeding in Kenai Fjords National Park. Julie’s best job ever (aside from Washington TNC of course) was a zodiac diver/ornithologist on south Georgia Island.

Ryan Haugo, Forest Ecologist (joined TNC 2011)
  • Ph.D., 2010, Forest Ecology, University of Washington
  • M.S., 2006, Forest Ecology, University of Washington
  • B.A., 2001, Biology, St. Olaf College

Ryan started his ecology career in the tree-less prairies of the Midwest, so learning to love the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest wasn’t very difficult.  His past research has broadly focused on the response of terrestrial ecosystems to environmental change and human disturbance and our society’s efforts to conserve and restore these ecosystems.  Ryan is now focused on the dynamics of inland forests at community to landscape scales and is closely working with the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative in eastern Washington and the Clearwater Basin Collaborative in northern Idaho.


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The Washington Program science staff have great depth with respect to ecology and conservation planning and we are building on this expertise as new research and conservation challenges emerge, allowing us to retain our position as recognized leaders in conservation.


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