Conservation Scientist, Patagonia Instructor
Kyla holds a BA in Biology from Reed College, an MSc in Natural Resource Conservation/International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana, and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Earth, Environment and Society at Portland State University. She has conducted fieldwork on a variety of subjects and systems over the past 13 years – from zooplankton in the Antarctic to fuels in the Rocky Mountains to seabirds off the Gulf of Maine – however, since she first traversed the Carretera Austral of southern Chile, she has been enamored of that landscape of temperate rainforests, undammed rivers and Sphagnum bogs. Kyla’s ongoing research pursuits are motivated by her concern regarding changing disturbance regimes in southwestern Patagonia and the implications for local people and the ecosystems on which they base their livelihoods. Since 2010, she has been investigating the long-term effects of fire and climate on the regeneration ecology of the threatened conifer Pilgerodendron uviferum (ciprés de las Guitecas) in the Aysén Region of Chile. Outside of academia, Kyla can be found wandering the Big Sky country of Montana, mucking about in wetlands, and daydreaming of packrafting adventures.