Ashley Tanner joined WEST as the Deputy Science Coordinator for the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (MRGESCP) in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. She grew up in Pennsylvania, where she developed a love for the outdoors on the Allegheny River. She received her bachelors in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. While pursuing her bachelor’s she spent her summers working as a natural resource instructor in Vermont, as a river management intern in Alaska, and as a white-tailed deer technician in Tennessee. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, where she studied northern bobwhite habitat selection on a reclaimed surface mine and received her Master’s degree in Wildlife Science. She then moved to Oklahoma to pursue her Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management. Her dissertation focused on the effects of anthropogenic development on lesser prairie-chicken habitat selection and movement.