Andrew Jakes – President-Elect
Andrew Jakesis a regional wildlife biologist for the National Wildlife Federation, based in Missoula. Andrew received his B.S. from James Madison University, VA (1998), and his M.S. at Towson University, MD (2001), where he studied beaver habitat selection at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, SC. Andrew then moved out West and worked several years for federal (NPS – Port Alsworth, AK) and state agencies (MT FWP, MT DEQ – Helena) on a variety of species and systems until starting his PhD on pronghorn movement ecology at University of Calgary, Alberta, which he completed in 2015. He was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Montana from 2015-2017, using multi-species approaches to study the effects of fencing on wildlife movement and habitat selection. He seeks to use science and collaborative approaches to guide implementation of on-the-ground efforts for wildlife. Andrew enjoys hiking and camping, hunting, playing the guitar and laughing with his family and friends.
Brett Dorak – President
Brett has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for approximately 6 years. He started as a Wildlife Management Area Technician in Glasgow and moved on to be a Habitat Access Technician and then onto a Wildlife Technician. From there he went to work for Ducks Unlimited Inc. where he covered the northern half of Montana as a Conservation specialist working on a variety of habitat projects on private lands. Since 2016, Brett has been the Malta area wildlife management biologist where he currently works on a variety of wildlife and habitat projects spanning across private and public lands. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois where he conducted research on the winter ecology of Canada geese in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheena, and their two children, Una and Cameron, as well as their lab, Gunner. Depending on the time of year you can find them hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, running, camping, or doing any other activity that brings them into the wonderful outdoors that Montana has to offer.
Liz Bradley – Past President
Liz Bradley has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks since 2004. She worked for 10 years as a wolf management specialist out of both Dillon and Missoula before taking her current position as the Missoula area wildlife biologist in 2014. She has a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. Her masters and subsequent research was focused on wolf/livestock conflicts and their management. She now enjoys working on a wide breadth of wildlife management and conservation issues but especially appreciates being able to work at a local level and with a variety of people. In her spare time she loves to get outside and spend time with friends and family hunting, fishing, skiing, backpacking, running, camping, bird watching, and floating wild rivers. Her husband Dan and their 2 dogs enjoy exploring all of Montana’s wild places. And she loves a good book too.
Lorelle Berkeley – Treasurer
Lorelle Berkeley is currently a Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks working on research with prairie grouse. She’s been in this position for 6 years. Lorelle got involved with TWS to stay active in the wildlife and science communities. She feels a major benefit of being an active TWS member is that the membership is a good mix of students, agency professionals, and academic professionals and facilitates communication among these different groups as well as mentorship in a variety of job types.
Rebecca Mowry – Secretary
Rebecca Mowry is the Bitterroot area wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. (Ah, you’ve noticed we’re all FWP. We promise we want more diversity in our executive board! Let us know if you’re interested in running for a position!) Rebecca has been with FWP since 2014 and has not been run out of town yet, so that’s good. Prior to arriving in Montana, Rebecca worked as an area biologist in the Chihuahuan Desert for Texas Parks and Wildlife, but she much prefers public land and trees and stuff, although sometimes she misses West Texas because it’s honestly really cool, and you should definitely go there, and visit Big Bend National Park, but not in the summer. She holds a B.S. from the University of Idaho and a M.S. from the University of Missouri, where she studied population genetics of North American river otters. She enjoys running, hiking (except during tick season), playing guitar, reading, and doodling wildlife on everything in her office, usually during conference calls. Some of these doodles become TWS t-shirts!