Heidi Hoven is a wetland ecologist and earned her PhD and MS with a special interest in saline systems and plant physiology from the University of New Hampshire and her BS from the University of Rhode Island. After moving to Utah, she founded a non-profit research group to inform policy to safeguard wetland quality for the birds and other wildlife of Great Salt Lake. She developed strategies to improve managed, impounded wetlands of Great Salt Lake that are still used by managers today and spearheaded the development of a wildlife functional assessment of the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City, which provided scientific rationale behind conservation of lands to buffer globally important wetlands of Great Salt Lake for birds. She has also taught at Weber State University. When not working for birds at Gillmor, she mentors data analysis on her daughter’s robotics team; roots for her son at his ski races and soccer games; plays in the mountains, water and desert, and helps run her family’s biodynamic produce farm in the summer.