Barbara graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and spent many years as a field biologist in northern, western, and southcentral Alaska. Barbara is engaged with marine mammal management in Alaska, including the endangered Cook Inlet belugas; oil spill response activities; and Section 7 Endangered Species Act consultations. She continues her long history of collaborating with Alaska Native organizations, hunters, and tribes on marine mammal conservation and management issues, working on co-management for beluga whales, harbor seals, ice seals, and Steller sea lions. Barbara is an Assistant Stranding Program Coordinator, responding to stranded marine mammals, with an emphasis in Cook Inlet and western Alaska. Barbara also serves as the Protected Resources marine mammal parts specialist, addressing inquiries from the public and authorization requests for educational and research parts possession.