Helen Loffland is IBP's Meadow Bird Specialis. She has spent the last 20 years studying Willow Flycatchers and other meadow birds, raptors, carnivores, insects, plants, and fish, primarily in the Sierra Nevada. She is particularly interested in the complex disturbance regimes and associated ecological relationships in Sierra meadows and for the last 5 years has worked on multi-species bird monitoring protocols for meadow restoration. She is now expanding her research into pollinator use of ephemeral riparian and upland habitats in post-fire landscapes.