Samara Group


LESLIE bliss-ketchum

Director of Environmental Science


Leslie Bliss-Ketchum is a wildlife ecologist who has been actively monitoring and researching the impacts of the built environment on habitat connectivity, assessing the success of mitigation efforts and developing connectivity assessments. She provides rigorous scientific results, recognizing that environmental issues are complex and require effective communication. Leslie is currently completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Portland State University where her research has focused primarily on issues of urban wildlife and roads as barriers to wildlife movement.  She is excited to be continuing this work on a variety of scales, from neighborhood to region to statewide and beyond. She received her Bachelors of Science, also at PSU, in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology and graduated Cum Laude in 2007.

Leslie is a Past-President of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society, current board member of the Urban Wildlife Working Group and former Conservation Affairs Representative for the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society. She is currently co-principle investigator of the Metro Habitat Connectivity Project in Portland Oregon and was the principle investigator for the first phase of the Lava Butte wildlife crossings monitoring project on US HWY 97. She is also an adjunct faculty at Portland State University teaching courses in field methods in wildlife science and road ecology.