Our staff is dedicated to achieving the goals of the Bighorn River Alliance and to serving and assisting donors, supporters and stakeholders dedicated to the health of the Bighorn River.
Anne Marie Emery
Anne Marie Emery is a passionate conservationist who has focused her education and career on preserving and protecting wild trout waters of the west. An Idaho native, Anne Marie received her B.S. in Environmental Studies focused in Conservation Biology from Albertson College of Idaho and has spent the past 12 years as the Conservation Education Biologist for the Henry’s Fork Foundation. Emery has worked with the Alliance since 2015 where she has grown the organizations capacity, advocated for sustainable river releases and worked to develop Research based programs to benefit the fisheries while forming alliances with the Crow Tribe, the agricultural community and federal/agency personnel. In her spare time Anne Marie enjoys exploring rivers with her young son Jack, a budding fly-fisherman.
Melissa comes from a military family that moved frequently. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Montana State University where she became passionate about Montana conservation. With an academic background in film, and experience in graphic design, web design, videography, photography, the legal profession and customer service, Melissa brings a variety of skills to the BHRA. She has experience working with multiple NPO’s where she has helped with donor organization and communications. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors in Montana with her husband and three children.
James grew up by a small spring stream within the larger Big Wood River Valley of central Idaho, where he was often found running up and down the trails along the river and its tributaries. After receiving a BA in Biology at Colgate University in upstate New York, he returned to Idaho to complete a PhD in Biology with Colden Baxter focusing on the ecology of rivers and streams. Within collaborative, field-based projects conducted in the Methow and Snake Rivers of the Columbia Basin, James’s doctoral research investigated how the flow of energy through aquatic food webs -- or the web of feeding interactions that link many species together within biological communities -- varies through time and across diverse habitats within complex river-floodplain landscapes and the implications of such variability for the conservation of biodiversity and the management and restoration of riverine landscapes. This work provided hours of practice in stream and river sampling techniques, aquatic invertebrate taxonomy, food-web and ecosystem analyses, and community outreach. In his spare time, James enjoys river running, river snorkeling, backpacking, skiing, flipping over rocks in streams, all with his partner Jade.