MTTWS Board Members Bios

Andrea Litt – President-Elect

Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, Andrea received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.S. from the University of Florida. She worked for The Nature Conservancy before earning a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She was a faculty member with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville before joining Montana State University as an associate professor in 2011. Andrea and her students work to understand how animal communities and populations are influenced by various human activities, including invasive plants, altered disturbance regimes, and changes in land use.  She has worked on a variety of taxa–arthropods, herpetofauna, mammals, birds–selecting the taxonomic group that will best help to answer the question of interest. Through her work, she strives to collect information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and help guide policy and management. Andrea really enjoys working with students and watching them as they develop into colleagues.

Andrew Jakes – President

Andrew Jakes is 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 – Past 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.

Heather Brower – Treasurer

Heather Brower has been a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist with Pheasants Forever in Scobey, MT since December 2017. Originally from Eastern Washington, she earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Science Emphasizing Wildlife Ecology and a minor in Forestry from Washington State University (2015).  After graduation she worked as a wildlife technician for 3 years working with Greater Sage-Grouse in Roundup MT, white-tailed deer in South TX, and Eastern Wild Turkeys in Northern Missouri. Now she works out of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office to find ways to improve wildlife habitat while helping keep farmers and ranchers profitable and on the land.  When not in the office, Heather enjoys bird hunting with her Brittany Spaniel and long-distance trail riding.

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!