Tom has been actively involved with habitat/wildlife programs and projects for over 28 years. His current and past responsibilities have included the supervision of a staff of professionals actively involved in the analysis of biotic resources; design and implementation of vegetation/wildlife ecology field studies; design, development, and the maintenance of a computer information system. Tom recently co-lead and advised the development of the book, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington as well as co-authored the Atlas of Oregon Wildlife with NHI. His latest endeavor is the development of a management tool that uses Species, Habitats, and Functions to calculate the intrinsic value of any wildlife-habitat type. This tool is being used by several resource agencies and is the foundation for the accounting of debits and credits for a Statewide Mitigation Banking Program.
Cory has over 14 years of experience in geospatial technologies. He holds an MS in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and a BS in Forestry from Michigan Technological University. While at OSU Cory worked on an accuracy assessment of remotely sensed forest maps of Oregon. His primary focus today is on GIS and Remote Sensing technologies and their application to natural resource and wildlife issues. At NHI Cory works with spatial data of all kinds to help bring current knowledge of wildlife and habitat processes to resource managers across the region. Cory also manages the NHI website, networks and enterprise gis system
Andy holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. During his time at OSU Andy was an assistant instructor for a course on strategic and tactical planning which looked at linear programming and heuristic modeling methods for addressing natural resource problems. He also did extensive field and laboratory work for a study examining sinuosity in Douglas fir stems. At NHI he has coordinated the field mapping efforts for the Willamette Valley Oak and Pine Habitat Conservation Project, which has field identified thousands of polygons of one acre or more within the Willamette Valley as to their vegetation class, canopy closure, tree size and structure. He also produced the range maps and did the format editing for the recent NHI educational outreach publication A Guide to Oregon and Washington's Wetland Wildlife and their Habitats. Andy is interested in habitat mapping and spatial relationships, and has received professional GIS training through ESRI since working for NHI. Previous to his current position, Andy has three years experience on a project examining natural reproduction of Ponderosa pine in Eastern Oregon, and has also worked as a transportation planner.
Kathleen H. O'Neil
Kathleen H. O’Neil is our California representative and is in charge of Marketing, Business Planning, Forecasting and Client Relations for the Institute. Her responsibilities include connecting clients with solutions for complex environmental issues like ecosystem restoration, conservation easements and lands for mitigation.
Being an avid free surfer and snowboarder, Kathleen spends her spare time immersed in the rugged outdoors and nature. Her passion for the environment was sparked as a young child and to this date she is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of our environment and creating sustainable ecosystems. With almost a decade of experience in promotion and marketing, she’s committed to helping clients reach their goals by implementing their dreams and visions into the proven methods of the Institute.