Jess Dauchy

Consulting Chief Financial Officer
Jess joined RMBL in February 2024 as a part-time CFO through CFO Selections, a finance and business consulting firm. Jess has a BS in Mathematics from Haverford College and an MBA from the University of Colorado. For the past 15 years, Jess has served as CFO, COO, and similar roles with a variety of nonprofit organizations. Jess’s role at RMBL mainly focuses on analyzing and presenting high-level financial information. Outside of work, Jess is an adventurer at heart who is often outside skiing, climbing, hiking with her husband and dog, and more recently, learning how to mountain bike.

Amanda Henderson

Research Support Specialist
Amanda first came to RMBL in 2010 with the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. From 2010 to 2017, she worked for RMBL as a research technician and graduate research assistant. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, she became a full-time Crested Butte resident and RMBL researcher on a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab led project. These collaborative positions led her to her current role at RMBL, which began in 2023. Today, Amanda’s work involves supporting the spatial data program, providing GIS/GPS coordination, and assisting with research administration. Amanda brings over fifteen years of on-the-ground field experience through numerous roles at field stations across the US and abroad. She is unmatched in her ability to educate new scientists on species and ecosystem interactions that take place in the East River valley. Originally from Clackamas, OR, when Amanda is not bringing RMBL science forward, she is out hiking and cross-country skiing with her dog, enjoying the natural beauty and access to the wilderness that only Crested Butte can provide.

Ericka Bremer

Development Coordinator
Ericka was born and raised in the Gunnison Valley and has recently relocated back to her hometown. After graduating from the University of Denver with a Bachelor's in Business Administration-Marketing Degree and building Jefferson County's Innovation Team, she was eager to return to her lifelong playground in the Elk Mountains. Her experience with program administration and her passion for the sacred ecosystems of home intersect perfectly with her role at RMBL. You can find Ericka on her mountain bike, skis, or bright red raft when she's not geeking out over RMBL scientists' latest work.

James (Jim) Brogan

After earning his BA in Biology from Indiana University, Jim served four years active duty in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He then earned his JD from the Villanova University School of Law in 1981 and entered private practice with a trial firm. He joined Piper & Marbury in 1994, which evolved into today’s DLA Piper, a firm regularly ranked among the largest in the world. Jim’s trial practice focuses on issues related to engineering, biology and ceramics, among others. Most recently, Jim chaired the firm’s U.S. and then global litigation practice group for 8 years and served on its executive committee and/or policy committee for 16 years. He has served for and chaired numerous legal and community boards near his primary home in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Jim and his wife, Doris, enjoy a second home in Crested Butte, actively support many of its community organizations and have witnessed the value of RMBL through the experience of their youngest, Mairead, who has engaged a variety of the opportunities offered at RMBL over the last six years.

Hamish Greig

With a PhD in Ecology from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamish is a Professor of Stream Ecology and the Associate Director of the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine in Orono. He served as the graduate coordinator for the interdisciplinary Ecology and Environmental Science program (UMaine’s largest research-focused graduate program), and is on the editorial board of the leading aquatic journal, Freshwater Science. Hamish began his research at RMBL during graduate school in 2004, and has continued his work on community and ecosystem processes in high elevation wetlands at the Mexican Cut Nature Preserve ever since. Hamish has served on RMBL’s research committee since 2021, and as a PI, has mentored 14 undergraduate students, 3 graduate students and two postdocs at RMBL. Along with his expertise in freshwater science research and education, Hamish brings the first-hand experience of a PI living at RMBL with a young family, and has also navigated the opportunities and challenges brought by cross-generational transitions in long-term research programs at the lab. His interest in serving on the RMBL board is driven by the desire to advance scientific excellence at RMBL while promoting a constructive, nurturing, and family-supportive environment.

Jennifer Garver

Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and started her career in the San Antonio office of Ernst & Young, LLP after finishing her Accounting degrees at Texas Tech University. Jennifer has worked in many different accounting environments over the past 20+ years, including industry, aviation, city government and non-for-profit. For the past six years, Jennifer has focused on the non-profit sector and loves the opportunity to support mission driven entities. She lives in Minot, North Dakota with her husband Alex and four children Leo, Asa, Sara and Luke.

Rick Reavis

Interpretive Guide
Rick gained a love of adventure likely from moving around the country twenty eight times during his youth. Settling in Oklahoma, he married his High School sweetheart, Margaret and together they raised three children, now all grown. He completed a Master of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Oklahoma State University. As a Tenured Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, he spent several years teaching classes in Plant Identification, Landscape Maintenance and General Horticulture. He was founder and owner of a twenty-seven year award-winning landscape development company in Oklahoma. He has been exploring the many plant species found in the Rocky Mountains since the mid-1980s. He is a former president of the board of directors of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Working at the Weldon and Rosalie Weekley Visitor Center and Store brings him much gratitude sharing all RMBL has to offer to the general public. During spare time in the summer, he works as a Wildflower Guide for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, rides and hikes the many miles of trails around Crested Butte. In the winter, he can be found teaching folks how to ski with better efficiency around the mountain as a Ski Instructor.

Benjamin Schmatz

Facilities Manager & Science Support Technician
Benn grew up in Kansas City. The love for the mountain West, fostered by his parents and grandparents, drew him to Denver to study Engineering Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. While at school he studied hard, most of the time, and spent the balance of his time in the mountains: hiking, skiing, and leading groups of youngins’ into the mountains at YMCA Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, CO. Upon graduation, he made his way to the Gunnison Valley and first heard about The Lab while working at the Crested Butte Nordic Center. In his current position he does everything from snaking drains to keep the water flowing to fixing sensitive scientific equipment to keep the data flowing.

Scotty Strachan, Ph.D.

Principal Research Engineer, NevadaNet
Nevada System of Higher Education @ScottySci Scotty is an environmental scientist and regional technology architect specializing in wide-area science and mountain hydroclimate in the Great Basin region of North America. He has been a MtnClim community member for over 15 years.

Andy Bunn

Professor, Western Washington Univ
Andy is an environmental scientist specializing in paleoclimate of the intermountain west. He has been coming to MtnClim since its inception 20 years ago and helping organize for the past several conferences.