Dr. Bertie Weddell came to CSANR in 2011. Prior to that time, Bertie’s work dealt primarily with wild populations of plants and animals. She enjoys applying her skills to understanding the environmental effects of agricultural ecosystems, especially in the area of climate change.
Bertie founded and for 18 years served as principal of Draba, a natural research management consulting business specializing in evaluation of terrestrial and wetland habitats in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Her work through Draba had two main foci. One involved providing expert testimony to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice regarding the habitat needs of water birds in Oregon and Idaho, as part of state water rights adjudications. The other emphasized the historical and current ecology of native steppe and wetland communities in the Palouse Bioregion.
For about 14 years, Bertie taught Principles of Conservation in WSU’s Distance Degree Program. She is the author of the course’s text, “Conserving Living Natural Resources in the Context of a Changing Word,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2002. She also developed a course in Conservation and Human Rights, which she taught to students studying at Whitworth University’s Costa Rica Center.
Bertie earned a Ph.D. in Zoology and a Master’s in Wildlife Biology, both from WSU.