03/10/2021 03/10/2021 America/New_York Polar Bears International Maryland Zoo Field Talk! Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://marylandzoo-org.zoom.us/j/97261335387?pwd=V2pmMm9wUDluNCs2OHJZZFY4K29hdz09 Passcode: 088246 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13017158592,,97261335387# or +16465588656,,97261335387# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 Webinar ID: 972 6133 5387 International numbers available: https://marylandzoo-org.zoom.us/u/awHUVYX5q Virtual

Preserving a Future for Polar Bears Across the Arctic: Polar Bears International is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to wild polar bears. Through research, education, and advocacy they work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate. Join this virtual Field Talk to learn more about leading polar bear research and education.

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Panel of Speakers

Marissa Krouse, Program Manager

Marissa has a B.A. in psychology with a focus in animal behavior. She worked in a zoo setting for nine years, specifically in the fields of conservation education and animal husbandry. Her role at PBI includes coordinating our Arctic Ambassador Center Network, education and outreach campaigns, and leading our annual Climate Alliance training sessions for zoo staff – building literacy in polar bear natural history, climate change science, and effective communications. Marissa is a motivated conservationist who values teamwork and is dedicated to helping others lead their communities. She believes in the legacy she will leave behind and works to leave a healthy planet for future generations.

Krista Wright, Executive Director

Krista has worked with nonprofit organizations that focus on building environmental literacy and a conservation ethic for more than 20 years. Her expertise includes strategic planning, environmental education, and nonprofit management and development. She is a visionary thinker who is skilled at establishing partnerships with entities, including government agencies, other nonprofits, educational groups, universities, and the business sector. She has also volunteered as a consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations, offering expertise in development and strategic planning. Wright previously held positions with Montana Outdoor Science School, Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort, and Colorado Outdoor Education Center.

Geoff York, Senior Director of Conservation

Geoff has more than 20 years of Arctic field experience, including 14 consecutive years of polar bear capture and handling efforts in the Chukchi and Southern Beaufort Seas. Prior to joining Polar Bears International, Geoff was the Arctic Species and Polar Bear Lead for WWF’s Global Arctic Program. While at WWF, Geoff immersed himself in international policy issues and was fortunate to work on field projects in Canada, Norway, Russia, and Alaska. Prior to that, he worked as a biologist and program manager for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Polar Bear Project, the leading polar bear research team in the U.S., headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Since joining PBI, Geoff has continued his interest in field-based work across the Arctic, including a focus on reducing conflict between polar bears and people. He is a member of the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the U.S. Polar Bear Recovery Team, a past chair and active member of the Polar Bear Range States Conflict Working Group, and sits on the advisory board for the International Polar Bear Conservation Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

KT Miller, Media and Outreach Manager

Kt began working with Polar Bears International as an intern in 2011. Her experience in photography, videography, extreme sports, and expeditions to remote regions led her to become involved in PBI’s media, communications, and field operations. Kt loves adventure and has traveled the world photographing ski expeditions. Her images have appeared in National Geographic, Powder, and Backcountry Magazine. She is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and has been guiding in southwest Montana since 2009. Kt assists with media projects, launched PBI’s Instagram page, and manages the operations of PBI’s field season in Churchill, Manitoba. Kt is deeply passionate about the conservation of wild places in Arctic regions and beyond.

Questions? Contact our education team by phone at 443.552.5300 or email education@marylandzoo.org.