Christy Wyckoff joined the Lane Center Advisory Council in 2018. She is the Deputy Director at the Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel, California where she directs the Conservancy’s research and stewardship programs. Christy received her BS in Biology from Stanford University ‘02, chased feral pigs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for her MS, and delved into the molecular world of chronic wasting disease in elk at Colorado State University for her PhD. Currently, Christy is leading several projects on the Santa Lucia Preserve including breeding ecology of the tricolored blackbird, grassland species response to conservation grazing, adaptive management of endangered aquatic species, and bringing citizen science to the Preserve. In addition to the hands-on wildlife research she conducts, Christy is particularly excited about the internship program she runs at the Conservancy. Over the last 4 years she has mentored 34 students (undergraduate and graduate), four of which were Lane Center undergraduate summer interns.
Christy grew up on a ranch outside of Paso Robles, California, where she connected with the wide-open spaces and independent spirit of western communities. Today, in both her professional and personal life, she is focused on conserving land and the wild creatures of the West, and improving land management practices. Additionally, she is deeply interested in helping address the challenges western communities and landscapes face including drought, climate change, wildfire, rural “brain-drain,” and urban growth.