Jerry Keir is the co-founder and former CEO of the Great Basin Institute. For the past twenty five years, Keir has taught and directed interdisciplinary research and field studies throughout the Mountain West, Central Pacific Mexico, and Costa Rica. Keir has extensive experience managing diverse research and monitoring initiatives, as well as leading collaborative conservation projects at the landscape scale. As a skilled fundraiser and project lead, he has overseen $145MM in grants and contracts for the Institute where he now serves as a consultant to support forestry operations and NEPA planning services. When not running programs or dreaming up new ones, Jerry roams his backyard forest and desert from his home in Reno with his spouse of 30 years, Maria, and their children, Amaya and Alejandro.