Victoria Zero arrived home on the Wyoming range in 2011 by way of California, Oregon, and Kenya. She holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Reed College and an M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with a minor in Statistics from the University of Wyoming. There, she focused on the ecological relationships between amphibians and beavers and the utility of traditional and environmental DNA methods for modeling species occurrence.
She resides in Laradise, where she is happily employed as a Research Biologist for Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered in the Equality State. Victoria has over 15 years of experience conducting biological field studies around the world on diverse taxa, from amphibians to zebras. Her project experience with WEST has centered on the conservation of bats, raptors, prairie chickens, and amphibians impacted by wind facilities and other forms of energy development. Her bread and butter centers around Endangered Species Act compliance, which allows her to employ her expertise in wildlife ecology, scientific writing, geographic information systems, and statistics.
Victoria is also formally trained in collaboration for natural resource issues, and has coordinated extensively with state and federal agencies, industry, landowners, and conservation organizations. Her group facilitation experience includes a government working group addressing prairie dog management in the Thunder Basin and several Wyoming governors’ initiatives on outdoor recreation and forest health.
Victoria is a jack of all outdoor recreation pursuits and master of none, but thoroughly enjoys hiking, camping, cross-country and downhill skiing, hunting, paddleboarding, and so forth. She is also an active member of the Laramie and Denver Balinese gamelan communities as both a musician and dancer. She is honored to have performed at the Bali Arts Festival this summer, and was pleasantly surprised when a video of one of their songs went viral in Indonesia.