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Jodi Hilty, President and Chief Scientist

Jodi Hilty | Y2Y Conservation InitiativeDr. Jodi Hilty is an internationally recognized wildlife corridor ecologist and conservationist, with over 20 years of experience managing large-scale conservation programs.

Prior to joining to Y2Y, Dr. Hilty served as Executive Director of the North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in Bozeman, Montana, where she led the work of more than 50 staff working remotely across the continent. Through proven leadership, and her ability to work collaboratively with other organizations, she was able to address a range of conservation challenges related to natural resource extraction, ecosystem connectivity and climate change.

Dr. Hilty has overseen several ground-breaking initiatives, including developing the scientific basis for expanding Canada’s Nahanni National Park, guiding policy toward protecting the “Path of the Pronghorn,” the first U.S. federally-designated wildlife corridor, and conducting the science that proves the need for expanded land protections in the trans-border Crown of the Continent area linking Montana with Alberta and British Columbia.

A prolific researcher and writer on topics related to large landscape conservation, connectivity and climate change, Dr. Hilty has been co-editor or lead author on three recent books, most recently Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscape for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation (2019).

Through all of her conservation work, Dr. Hilty has remained committed to protecting large, interconnected landscapes, and has offered that visionary leadership on several boards, committees and government agencies. She currently serves on the Board of the Smith Fellowship and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Connectivity Committee.

She was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, and loves to explore the region’s wildlife and wild places with her husband and two children.