Science Fellowship

Science Fellowship Program

Since our inception in the 1990s, Stillwater has collaborated with academics and research scientists throughout the West, helping us to stay current on the state of the science so that we might bring greater value to our clients. The Stillwater Fellowship Program was established to promote the goal that leading experts from around the country can collaborate with Stillwater to provide practical solutions to complex challenges in natural resource management and recovery.

The Stillwater Fellowship program is a one-year paid position. Candidates are chosen from among leading academic and research communities of biologists, engineers, climatologists, hydrologists, ecologists, botanists, geologists, and geomorphologists. These experts are chosen to represent a diverse set of disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives. Fellows counsel Stillwater in multiple areas, including publications, projects, operations, and strategic vision. Learn more about this year’s Fellows below.

Linnea Hall, PhD
Executive Director and Avian Conservation Biologist, WFVZ Bird Museum and Research Center 

Dr. Linnea Hall is Executive Director and Avian Conservation Biologist at the WFVZ Bird Museum and Research Center. She has directed the WFVZ since 2002, focusing on building a strong national and international museum that specializes in research, education, and conservation of wild bird species. Dr. Hall studies the connection of wildlife species with their environments through studies of habitat use and selection; population estimation and breeding biology of birds of the western U.S. and Guatemala; and impacts of environmental changes on animal populations. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Avian Ecology and Wildlife Management from 1996-2000 at California State University Sacramento, where she taught and mentored graduate students who studied bird populations. Dr. Hall received her PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, her MS in Wildland Resource Sciences from UC Berkeley, and her BS in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Learn more about Dr. Hall’s research.

Christopher Suffridge, PhD
Assistant Professor, Senior Research, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University

Dr. Christopher Suffridge is serving as Assistant Professor, Senior Research, at the Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University. His research interests are centered on understanding how trace organic cofactors, such as B-vitamins, influence the structure and function of marine microbial communities. His current research in the Giovannoni Lab at OSU explores the connections between the cellular biochemistry and environmental availability of thiamin (vitamin B1), and the ways that this coenzyme is able to influence marine microbial community dynamics. Dr. Suffridge received his PhD in Biological Sciences, his MS in Marine and Environmental Biology, and his BA in Biological Sciences, all from the University of Southern California.
Learn more about Dr. Suffridge’s research.

Andrew Wilcox, PhD
Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Montana

Dr. Andrew Wilcox is Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Montana (UM). He is also Director of the River Center, and co-leads an NSF-funded (NRT) graduate program focused on the nexus of water, energy, and food systems. His research entails connecting field studies and modeling of river processes to sustainability, climate, ecosystems, and societal challenges at multiple spatial and temporal scales. He is especially interested in the nexus of water and energy systems; decarbonized and sustainable energy systems; hydroelectricity and dammed rivers; the effects of wildfire, floods, and other climate-driven events on rivers; relationships among geomorphic, hydrologic, and ecosystem processes; sediment transport and channel response associated with dam removal; and process-based approaches to stream restoration. He has previously served as a post-doctoral research associate for the United States Geological Survey and was a Jefferson Science Fellow for the US Department of State. Dr. Wilcox received his PhD in Geosciences from Colorado State University, his MS from the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley, and his BA in History from Stanford University.

Learn more about Dr. Wilcox’s research.

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