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Anne Gage

Manager, Grassland Strategy & Research

Anne Gage
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Anne helps develop strategies for conserving grasslands in a time of tremendous change. Conversion of grasslands for food, fuel and fiber is one of the leading issues affecting the Northern Great Plains ecoregion, and combatting it requires a thoughtful approach that combines science, policy and communication. Anne directs the work of the science program to track the loss of grasslands and understand the impact of the drivers of conversion on people and wildlife. She also helps to develop methods for monitoring and evaluating progress toward saving these important grasslands.

Anne grew up smack-dab in the middle of the country in Kansas—Go Jayhawks!—and knows first-hand how conversion has changed the prairie landscape. She attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate degrees and studied the role of seed banks in sunflower populations. She then took a detour out of the grasslands for a few years to investigate the impacts of climate change on treeline forests in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as working for the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring Program in the Greater Yellowstone Region. This was followed by work at the Instituto Nacional de Technologia Agropecuaria in Argentina to study the impact of crop agriculture and pesticide use on birds. This brought her back to the grasslands and she soon joined World Wildlife Fund's Northern Great Plains Program.

“WWF has allowed me to put science into action by directly linking research with on-the-ground conservation action. It's very fulfilling to see your work impact conservation in such a powerful way.”

More on Anne




  • MS - Ecology, Montana State University
  • BS - Ecology, University of Kansas
  • BA - Spanish Literature, University of Kansas

Areas of Expertise

  • Grassland conversion
  • Land-use change
  • Monitoring and evaluation