Stephanie Coppeto has been a wildlife biologist with the Forest Service in the Lake Tahoe Basin for over six years. She manages the implementation of aspen and meadow restoration projects, develops monitoring protocols for various wildlife taxa, conducts environmental analyses, and leads project environmental planning processes. She also serves as the Forest Service Region 5 Bear Aware Program Manager. Before the Forest Service, she spent five years as a wildlife biologist and project manager for a private firm working throughout central and northern California. Her emphases were on bat and carnivore conservation and ecology. She has worked internationally on ecological research projects involving wildlife conservation and disease epidemiology. She has a M.S. from UC Davis in Ecology; her research evaluated small mammal habitat associations and the influence of spatial scale in the Plumas National Forest. She has a B.A. in Biology from Boston University.