Faculty and 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 KennedyRichard 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 SeagerTrent 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. Trent is an HLI instructor in the Trinity University Field School.


Past HLR Staff


Cristina EisenbergCristina Eisenberg, MA, PhD, is the Principal Investigator on the Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Keystone Predators, Elk, and Aspen in North-Central Colorado on the High Lonesome Ranch research project. She is a Boone & Crockett Club professional member, a Smithsonian Institute Research Associate, and an Earthwatch scientist. She obtained her doctorate in Forestry and Wildlife at Oregon State University, where she currently has a courtesy faculty appointment. She is the author of The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators and The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades and Biodiversity, published by Island Press, and is currently working on her third book, Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs and Extinction in a Warming World. She also has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Cristina conducts research in the Rocky Mountains on predator/prey interactions involving large carnivores and their prey.