Diversify Wildlife

A Short Film

by The Wildlife Society Western Section

Diversity Committee

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TWS Mission

The Western Section of the Wildlife Society recognizes that human diversity is an asset, both to the organization and to the field. The diversity committee recognizes that diversity stems from not only ethnic and gender composition, but also cultural heritage, life and career experiences, economic backgrounds and abilities. Developing and encouraging a strong, diverse Society is essential to achieving the Society's purpose and goals. The Section is committed to continuing efforts to attract, encourage, and fully develop talent from the full range of our members diverse backgrounds and potentials. The Section recognizes that it is from this increasingly diverse group that the Society's future leaders will come, and we want to support the future of our organization and our field.

The goals of the Western Section Diversity Committee are to: Engage youth to encourage interest in wildlife, conservation, and the field of wildlife biology; foster a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for members of the society from underrepresented groups to achieve professional development; and increase awareness of the value of human diversity to the society and field at large.


Meet the Film Crew


Bayan is a Humboldt State University (HSU) Alumni. She received her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology & Applied Vertebrate Ecology. Bayan has been involved with various research studies that have allowed her to work with a number of wildlife species and to obtain versatile skills that she uses in many aspects of her career. She now works for the Department of Water Resources as a Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid where she helps with field restoration studies. Bayan is also heavily involved with The Wildlife Society Western Section and has recently become the Chair of the Diversity Committee. Bayan hopes to continue pursuing her newfound passion of science communication moving forward in her career along with ecology and taxonomy.

Co-Producer, Film Assistant, Production Stills, Interviewer

Bayan Ahmed 


Jackie is a PhD candidate in Ecology at University of California, Davis. She aims to bridge the fields of behavioral and spatial ecology to aid wildlife management and increase awareness of conservation issues through science communication. Her Master’s work investigated plant-animal interactions between two species of bats and the world’s largest species of cactus in Baja California, Sur Mexico. Jackie is now focusing her dissertation research on long-term habitat selection decisions and the interplay between behavioral and spatial dynamics of golden-mantled ground squirrels in Gothic, Colorado. She feels passionate about engaging the public through scientific storytelling.

Co-Producer, Editor, Sound Mixer, Camera Operator, Production Stills, Interviewer

Jaclyn Aliperti

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Korinna is a transfer student at Humboldt State University (HSU) where she is obtaining her B.S. in Wildlife Management & Conservation Biology. Throughout the years she has worked on a variety of wildlife projects that include species such as black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, river otters, and Roosevelt elk. Since 2016, she has been mitigating wildlife conflicts with the Mountain Lion Foundation, working with state and federal agencies on ranchettes to reduce the number of mountain lions killed on depredations. Korinna is passionate about communicating science through various outreach initiatives to the public, students, and online. 

Co-Producer, Camera Operator, Production Manager, Production Stills, Interviewer

Korinna Domingo


Chris recently transferred into the Wildlife Program at Humboldt State University after receiving his A.S. in Natural Sciences from Santa Rosa Junior College. He previously worked for Sonoma County Regional Parks as an intern for the Natural Resources Department running a wildlife camera project and performing surveys using Point Blue’s Rangeland Monitoring Network protocol. Chris first became interested in field work after constructing trails for a summer in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe with Nevada Conservation Corps. He then worked for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks as a park aide. Chris is currently volunteering with several graduate research projects involving porcupines and barn owls.  

Film Assistant, Production Stills, Interviewer

Christopher Collier

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Ximena has most recently worked as a STEM Lab Manager at an elementary school in Los Angeles serving predominantly marginalized students. She also has an extensive background working as a Naturalist for the Audubon Society at their urban nature center located in Northeast L.A. Ximena is passionate about connecting underrepresented communities with nature and incorporating place-based environmental education. During her time with the Audubon Society, she implemented bilingual programs to build a connection between local latinx residents and their local natural spaces. Ximena is excited to continue working as a voice for diversity in the environmental and wildlife field. She is currently pursuing her degree at Humboldt State University (HSU) in Wildlife Biology & Applied Vertebrate Ecology.

Film Assistant, Production Stills, Interviewer

Ximena Gil

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Diversify Wildlife in the News

Diversify Wildlife featured on the front page of The Western Section of The Wildlife Society web page

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