Brent Brock, Wildlife Biologist
email: brent [at] holoscenewild [dot] com
One of Brent's earliest memories is of, at age 3 or 4, finding leopard frogs in a rain puddle in the driveway of his uncle's southeastern Kansas dairy farm. He was hooked, and his obsession with nature grew.
In elementary school, he spent recesses collecting cicadas and praying mantis that somehow found their way to the classroom and caused distress for teachers and some students.
In junior high school, he obtained special permission to leave school grounds during lunch period to look for snakes. Coincidentally, a "no snakes in the school" rule was implemented soon after. Rumor has it that scaly contraband continued to occupy a certain locker.
At age 15, he was determined to have a "frog pond" of his own and coerced his parents into letting him build a water garden in "that bare spot in the lawn". This began a new obsession of wildscaping - landscaping for nature.
Today he lives with his wife Elizabeth, malamute Niaquq, and a handful of tropical frogs and lizards outside Bozeman, where they are wildscaping land that once contained an active coal mine.
Brent has over 30 years’ professional experience in ecology and wildlife conservation. At the Konza Prairie Biological Station, he served as Data Manager and studied bison grazing ecology. While working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, he conducted a landscape-level wildlife conservation assessment of the Madison Valley in Montana.
While at Craighead Institute, he incorporated theories of landscape ecology into the conservation of large, complex ecosystems.
Brent combines innovative analytical techniques with GIS mapping to combine landscape-scale conservation planning with local land use decision making. These tools help professionals and private land owners to make better decisions about land management to protect our wildlife and the habitat on which they depend.
Brent was also the founder and programs director for Treewalkers International; an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of amphibians.
B.S. - 1985 Wildlife Biology
Kansas State University
M.S. - 1997 Rangeland Ecology
Kansas State University
Recipient 2011 Special Achievement in GIS awarded by ESRI
Recipient of 1992-93 and 1993-94 Rannells (Hile) Scholarship
Brent has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on ecology and conservation, with subjects ranging from cockroaches and cicadas to cattle grazing and wolverines.