Diana F. Tomback- Denver, Colorado

I am Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver.  In addition, I am a founding member of the WPEF, and founding Director from 2001 to 2017. I have studied whitebark pine communities–ecology, population biology, and conservation, and, more recently, treeline dynamics–for more than 40 years and have authored more than 90 publications. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Zoology and Animal Behavior, respectively, from UCLA and my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara. While studying the behavioral ecology of the Clark’s nutcracker in the eastern Sierra Nevada for my doctoral dissertation, I discovered that the nutcracker is the primary seed disperser for whitebark pine. I joined the faculty of CU Denver in 1981. In the 1980s, I became part of an interdisciplinary team that aimed to understand whitebark pine declines in the northern Rocky Mountains and earned a U.S. Forest Service Centennial Conservation Award for its work.  During my tenure as director, and with the help of a dedicated Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the WPEF gained a West-wide reputation for promoting awareness of the serious forest health challenges to whitebark pine, and for advocating management action.