Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team

“The Council this team will assist was created by my executive order and preventing the listing of the Greater Sage-grouse is an on-going effort of the utmost importance. I am confident that the collaborative nature of this team – bringing scientists and range managers together under one roof – will help address this critical issue and make this effort stronger.”
– Governor Brian Sandoval

    Kelly McGowan

    Program Manager

    Prior to being named as the Program Manager for the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT), McGowan served as the Conservation Staff Specialist II representing the Nevada Department of Agriculture, McGowan served as an environmental scientist for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) in its Safe Drinking Water Bureau. In that position he worked with drinking water operators throughout the state and reviewed and approved operator certification, as well as conducted meetings of the Nevada Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators Forum. Prior to joining NDEP, McGowan served for more than eight years on the staff for the Nevada Division of Conservation Districts, where he provided technical, environmental and administrative assistance to the state's 28 conservation districts and also served as staff to the State Conservation Commission. For seven years prior to working with the state program, McGowan was the district manager for the Mason and Smith Valley Conservation Districts where he administered several natural resource conservation programs. McGowan has a B.S. in Geography (Land Forms and Climatology) from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Manager.  


      Katie Andrle

      Technical Team - Wildlife

      Prior to being named the Wildlife Staff Specialist representing the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Andrle worked with the U.S. Geological Survey for three and a half years as a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager for a greater sage-grouse research program, based out of Dixon, CA.  In this position, she managed multiple USGS sage-grouse field projects across Nevada and California, where research focused on investigating effects of habitat restoration, industrial development, and anthropogenic disturbances on population vital rates, habitat selection, and movement patterns of sage-grouse populations. Other previous work experience has primarily centered on avian research, including diurnal raptor, owl, and seabird projects in Maine, Sweden and the Intermountain West for non-profits, and state and federal agencies. Andrle has an M.S. in Biology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Umeå, Sweden, and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, Orono, ME. 


        Sara McBee

        Technical Team - State Lands/Watershed Restoration       

        Prior to being named as the Environmental Scientist III and Watershed Restoration Specialist representing the Nevada Division of State Lands, McBee worked 7 years in natural resources. McBee brings an interdisciplinary background in both research and field experience.  She has worked for natural resource consulting and engineering firms, and non-profit organizations in Nevada and California. Her past work history has included; program management/coordination for a multi-state monitoring program in the Great Basin, focusing on land and riparian health. Additionally, McBee has managed environmental projects which included environmental documentation under NEPA/CEQA, mine reclamation, habitat restoration, and botany.  McBee is currently finishing her M.S. degree in Hydrology from the University of Nevada, Reno. McBee earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Florida State University.



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          Technical Team - Agriculture


            Daniel Huser

            Technical Team - Forestry/Wildland Fire 

            Prior to serving as the representative of the Nevada Division of Forestry on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team, Huser most recently spent five years working in Northwest Georgia for an RC&D Council, which he was eventually promoted to lead. Throughout this tenure, he focused on writing and implementing numerous federal grants focused on watershed planning, water quality improvement, and improving conservation on agricultural and other private lands. Previous to this role, Huser worked for various federal and state agencies, and other groups across the country as a forestry, fish, and wildlife technician and biologist often conducting research, monitoring, and restoration efforts. A native of Tennessee, Huser has an M.S. in Environmental Science with a Resource Ecology concentration from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.