The Northwest Boreal LCC welcomes Leanna Heffner to the team as Partnership Director. Leanna most recently worked with the Western Alaska LCC as their Science Communications Coordinator, where she partnered with Tribes, state and federal agencies, and research groups to develop collaborative, community-driven science and adaptation strategies across the state.
Leanna holds a PhD from University of Rhode Island in Biological Oceanography where she worked with researchers and stakeholders on watershed pollution and climate change adaptation. Before she came to Alaska, Leanna was part of an interdisciplinary team at Louisiana State University’s Coastal Sustainability Studio tackling the land loss crisis on the Mississippi River Delta. She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new role, and looks forward to building on the strong foundation of the NWB LCC to facilitate the Partnership’s transition to a bright and sustainable future. Leanna enjoys hiking, rock climbing, yoga, and keeping up with the antics of her husband Larry, two dogs Khody and Kush, and Sammy the cat. Leanna is based in Anchorage, Alaska and originally hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Amy Pocewicz, PhD
101 12th Ave #216,
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Amy has a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and a PhD in Landscape Ecology, both from the University of Idaho, where her research focused on remote sensing, forest ecology, and modeling land use change under alternative policy scenarios. Prior to joining the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Amy spent 10 years as a scientist with The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, where she led research to inform conservation, collaborated on conservation planning, supported development of compensatory mitigation frameworks and environmental markets, and organized citizen science events. Her recent research and planning work has included social values mapping, modeling stopover habitat for migratory birds, assessing the vulnerability of Wyoming’s wildlife, describing stream flow alteration in the Brazilian Amazon, and modeling the outcomes of development scenarios and funding policies on greater sage-grouse populations. Amy enjoys working at the interface between science and management and finding creative ways to fill science gaps and inform decisions influencing landscape scale conservation.
GIS and Science Communication, N.W. Boreal LCC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Ben Matheson has joined the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative. He will contribute to the LCC’s geospatial projects and science communication work.
Ben has spent the past five years working in rural Alaska as a reporter for community radio stations. He covered subsistence and commercial fisheries, natural disasters, resource development projects, and Alaska politics. He studied communication and international studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Ben has spent the past two years studying geographic information systems and spatial analysis through the University of Alaska.
His professional interests include data visualization, geospatial analysis, visual storytelling, and interactive media. Ben is interested in translating complex topics for different audiences and connecting across different areas. Ben is excited to contribute to the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative.