Directory Profiles

Dr. Jodi A. Hilty


Dr. Jodi Hilty is an internationally recognized wildlife corridor ecologist and conservationist, with over 20 years of experience managing large-scale conservation programs.

Prior to joining to Y2Y, Dr. Hilty served as Executive Director of the North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in Bozeman, Montana, where she led the work of more than 50 staff working remotely across the continent. Through proven leadership, and her ability to work collaboratively with other organizations, she was able to address a range of conservation challenges related to natural resource extraction, ecosystem connectivity and climate change.

Dr. Hilty has spearheaded several ground-breaking initiatives, including developing the scientific basis for expanding Canada’s Nahanni National Park, guiding policy toward protecting the “Path of the Pronghorn,” the first U.S. federally-designated wildlife corridor, and conducting the science that proves the need for expanded land protections in the trans-border Crown of the Continent area linking Montana with Alberta and British Columbia.

A prolific researcher and writer on topics related to large landscape conservation, connectivity and climate change, Dr. Hilty has been co-editor or lead author on three recent books, most recently Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action (2012).

Through all of her conservation work, Dr. Hilty has remained committed to protecting large, interconnected landscapes, and has offered that visionary leadership on several boards, committees and government agencies, including her role as advisor on the NAFTA North America Council.

She was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, and loves to explore the region’s wildlife and wild places with her husband and two children.

Selected Publications

Completing the system: Opportunities and challenges for a national habitat conservation system
Aycrigg JL, C Groves, JA Hilty, JM Scott, P Beier, DA Boyce Jr., et al.
BioScience 66:774–784 (Sep 2016)

Identifying common patterns in diverse systems: Effects of exurban development on birds of the Adirondack Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA
Glennon MJ, HE Kretser, and JA Hilty
Environmental Management 55:453–466 (Feb 2015)

Guidelines and incentives for conservation development in local land-use regulations
Reed SA, JA Hilty & DM Theobald
Conservation Biology 28:258–268 (Feb 2014)

Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action
Hilty JA, CC Chester & MS Cross (Eds.)
Island Press, Washington, DC, USA (2012)

Safe Passages: Highways, Wildlife, and Habitat Connectivity
Beckmann JP, AP Clevenger, MP Huijser & JA Hilty (Eds.)
Island Press, Washington, DC, USA (2010)

Solving SCB’s membership crisis by reinvigorating the sections: response to Schwartz et al.
Carroll C, RF Noss, JA Hilty & SC Trombulak
Conservation Biology 23:5–6 (Feb 2009)

Corridor Ecology: The Science and Practice of Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation
Hilty JA, WZ Lidicker Jr. & AM Merenlender
Island Press, Washington, DC, USA (2006)