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Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Niemiec (she/her) is the director of the CSU Animal Human Policy Center and an Assistant Professor in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Niemiec has been working on animal-human issues as a social scientist and manager for over 10 years. She has served as the manager of the Bureau of Animal Protection for the state of Colorado, where she and her team developed and began implementing a 3 year strategic plan to address domestic animal mistreatment throughout the state. She has authored over 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has led stakeholder processes and conducted social science research focused on the human dimensions of urban biodiversity conservation, carnivore management, and invasive species management. Dr. Niemiec has a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and B.A. in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.

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Dr. Veronica Champine (she/her) is a research scientist for the CSU Animal Human Policy Center and Adjunct Professor in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. Over the last five years, Veronica has collaborated with local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and extension agencies around Colorado to study individual and collective action to support urban biodiversity conservation. Dr. Champine has a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Master's of Science in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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