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

      Now the Wildlife Staff Specialist representing the Nevada Department of Wildlife on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT), Katie Andrle previously 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, California. In this position, she managed multiple USGS sage-grouse field projects across Nevada and California, where research focused on habitat restoration, industrial development, and anthropogenic disturbances on population vital rates, habitat selection, and movement patterns of sage-grouse populations. Other prior 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 Umea, Sweden, and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, Orono, ME.


        Kathleen Petter

        Technical Team - State Lands

        Kathleen Petter, an Environmental Scientist representing the Nevada Division of State Lands on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT), previously worked for the Great Basin Institute in Nevada, partnering with the Bureau of Land Management for five years as an Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Technician, and eventually a Lead for Land Health Monitoring in Northern Nevada. In this position, she monitored public lands in order to gather information regarding ecological sites, use and grazing, sage grouse habitat quality, wildlife use, endangered native plant presence, and invasive plant movement. Other prior work experience have included weed management and wildlife monitoring for California State Parks, herd management and administration for a small non-profit sheep ranch in Southern California, as well as a variety of other small jobs. Petter has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.


          Ethan Mower

          Technical Team - Agriculture

          Ethan Mower represents the Department of Agriculture on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT). Ethan has worked for a variety of different state and federal agencies, most recently as a research biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish, where he was the principal investigator for several research projects involving intensive fish production in the State. Ethan has called both New Mexico and Idaho home, and has experience with agriculture in both states. Prior to joining the Arizona Game and Fish, Ethan was involved with farming operations for the New Mexico Game and Fish raising crops and advising fish culture. Growing up on grain farms in Idaho and ranches in New Mexico, Ethan brings an agricultural perspective to the SETT team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Range Management from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Mississippi State University.  


            Daniel Huser

            Technical Team - Forestry/Wildland Fire 

            Before becoming the representative of the Nevada Division of Forestry on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team (SETT), Daniel Huser most recently spent five years working in Northwest Georgia for an RC&D Council, which he was 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.