CNAP Program Coordinator
Raquel Wertsbaugh is the Colorado Natural Areas Program Coordinator and has held this position since March 2014. Previously, Raquel was the area wildlife conservation biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Salida, CO for eight years. Raquel has also been a private land wildlife biologist in Southeastern Colorado, working with agricultural producers, in a joint position with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Raquel earned her bachelor degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University. Her work as a wildlife biologist has included a focus on rare and at-risk species, ranging from boreal toads to bats.
Lisa Merkhofer started as a Field Technician with the
Colorado Natural Areas Program in 2016. Previously she contributed to
geological and ecological monitoring studies with the National Park Service in
Alaska and Wyoming, and worked as GIS Specialist with the Bureau of Land
Management in Colorado. She received a Master’s degree in Geosciences from
Pennsylvania State University where she studied paleoecology, and a Bachelor’s
degree from Williams College, Massachusetts, where she majored in Geosciences
and Biology. Lisa enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and looking at rocks.