Kristin Gardner, PhD
Kristin has a PhD in Environmental Science and Ecology from MSU with a focus on stream water quality. Kristin has worked in the Big Sky community for many years, conducting her PhD research in the West Fork watershed and serving as a Big Sky Institute fellow at Ophir School. Along with a passion for the area and a love of the outdoors, she brings a background in Water Resource Engineering and Environmental Policy (M.A from Tufts University) and experience working for nonprofit organizations. For her Master’s research she worked closely with the Nantucket Land Council, a non-profit land trust in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the Nantucket community on ground water quality issues. Kristin has published her work in several scientific journals, including Water Resources Research and Ground Water. In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing outdoors, listening to live music, and traveling with her husband Jeremy, son Elijah, and dog Thea.
Andrea joined the Gallatin River Task Force team in 2013. After completing her undergraduate degree in Ecology & Evolution at Montana State University in Bozeman, she pursued work as a bird field biologist in the summers and the ski-bum lifestyle in the winters. She has been in Big Sky since 2003, working as a ski and snowboard instructor, as well as a naturalist guide in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Eventually, all of her experiences fused together and now she can be found on the trails of Lone Mountain Ranch, the Gallatin Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park, interpreting how everything in the ecosystem works together, and the important role humans play as stewards. She is also currently working towards her Master’s in Math & Statistics at MSU-Bozeman.
Education and Communications Coordinator
Stephanie has loved clean, cold rivers since she identified her first Plecoptera (Stonefly) at the age of ten. This passion carried her through a degree in Earth and Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College where she spent her weekends exploring the Maine coast by a kayak, paddling Maine whitewater in a canoe, and propelling herself through groundwater recharge (snow) on the Nordic race course. Since graduating, she has spent her time teaching children of all ages about natural phenomena as diverse as alpine weather and carnivorous wetland plants. Stephanie’s passion for free-heel skiing and long mountain runs brought her to Montana as the 2015 Gallatin River Task Force Big Sky Watershed Corps member. She feels incredibly privileged to stay on as the Education and Communications Coordinator.
Water Conservation Coordinator
Emily is serving as the Gallatin River Task Force’s Big Sky Watershed Corps Member. She grew up in Massachusetts and moving to Big Sky is her first encounter with the western states. In 2015, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Natural Resources Conservation and is specifically passionate about contributing to the conservation of water resources. Emily has worked many different jobs, from garden centers to restaurants, but enjoyed spending the summer of 2015 as a field technician for an ongoing invasive plant monitoring study through the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation. This study aims to understand the factors that contribute to the spread of garlic mustard. Emily loves spending her spare time hiking, reading, watching movies, and practicing yoga.