Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee provides scientific and technical guidance to WLI. Guidance focuses on WLI’s efforts to conduct research that results in valuable data for resource management decision makers in the Whitefish Lake Watershed and beyond. WLI has continuously worked to enhance data collection, scientific research, and the communication of research results on Whitefish Lake, its tributaries and local streams. WLI also partners with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to engage citizen scientists in the collection of limnological data and in early detection for Aquatic Invasive Species.

Sam Bourret

Co-Chair - Fisheries Biologist Montana Fish,
Wildlife, & Parks

Ryan Richardson

Co-Chair - Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist The Barn Group

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Megan Chaisson

Science Teacher Whitefish Middle School

Paul McKenzie

Lands and Resource Manager
Certified Forester
F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.

Eric Sawtelle

Science Teacher
Whitefish High School


Erin Sexton

Research Scientist Flathead Lake Biological Station

John Wachsmuth

Retired Fisheries Biologist
Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks