Your SnapLands Team
SnapLands’ founder, Ryan White, M.S., is a rangeland specialist. His vision for working landscapes comes from over 20 years of professional work in ranching, land management, grassland restoration, education, and ecological accounting projects. His career working with ranches, farms, NGOs, and government agencies has been guided by seeking and creating real financial, ecological, and social impact. He enjoys training, working with, and learning from diverse people and operations. He is a trained carbon accountant holding a M.S. in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting from Colorado State University. He is also a certified Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Smithsonian Scientific Illustrator, Land EKG-PRO Specialist, Accredited Field Professional, Savory Institute EOV Hub Verifier, and Native Plant Master Naturalist. He loves bringing more value to regenerative results and expediting services towards each client’s operational objectives. Today, SnapLands is one of the most active regenerative rangeland monitoring services in the country today.
Ryan raises four children with his wife Bethany in northern Colorado. In his spare time he enjoys visiting clients, humbly receiving lessons from his children, and honing the family zero food waste targets with more backyard livestock and garden compost. He also enjoys painting plein air artworks of the farms, ranches, wildlife, and people he works with.
Brandon Dalton, M. S., is SnapLands’ Director of Special Projects. Brandon is intimately familiar with the realties of staffing, creating, managing, and implementing triple-bottom-line land management strategies. He brings a hands-on international expertise in holistic management and rangeland management to every project. His hard knocks from leading teams and agricultural businesses in New Zealand and the United States allows his practical insights to assist a diversity of cultures, rangelands, farmlands, and climates. Brandon has created his own custom-grazing business and has worked for 13-years generating results and returns in restorative ranching and farming operations. This includes overseeing large-scale government grazing permits, private family operations, and complex land portfolios on dry-lands and irrigated pastures with various livestock classes. He has collectively managed hundreds of thousands of livestock and acres, including one of NZ’s largest stations on the South Island, Lee’s Valley. He also heads a ranching internship program and various irrigation properties for Grasslands LLC.
His cowboy wife, Brandi, two sons, and daughter, regularly engage in ranch work on the Colorado’s Western Slope. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys his additional passion in elk hunting, trout fishing, and competitive Jiu Jitsu.
Richie Hum, M.S., is a conservation field ecologist and Director of Ecological Monitoring for SnapLands. Richie specializes in ecological monitoring surveys, specimen-based botanical collections, and integrating GIS technologies into our field work, statistical analysis, and final reports. Richie likes to ask pertinent ecological questions that help us better understand how plant communities and biodiversity are changing in a complex world. He is passionate about working with others to help discern the health of an ecosystem and the services it provides.
Born and raised in Colorado, Richie is intimately connected to the mountains and plains of the Colorado Plateau. He obtained his master’s degree from Appalachian State University where he developed a fondness for the flora of the Southern Appalachians. As an avid rock climber with a penchant for large boulders, he is often found hiding within the talus fields of the Colorado alpine.
Skyler Smith, M. S., graduated from Colorado State University as magna cum laude of his class with a focus in land restoration. He serves as SnapLands’ Rangeland Field Technician and Data Quality Manager. As a native Coloradan, he is passionate about conservation and land restoration of all scales. He brings both a depth and breath of scientific knowledge about the plant communities and land restoration to rangelands.
Skyler graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and a minor in Restoration Ecology. He brings exceptional professionalism to his field work. In his down time, he is frequently backpacking in the Rocky Mountains and finding good reason to travel, go birding, and explore the outdoors.
Sylvia Hsu, M.S., has a passion for maximizing the improvements of food production and food systems at large. She is an international carbon accountant and remote sensing specialist.
Her proficiency in geological, chemical, and biological processes aid in her statistical modeling software and carbon accounting. These results are used in a variety of company strategies and management feedback reports. Sylvia also consults operations and organizations to reach their climate objectives, quantifies soil carbon stocks, carbon sequestration rates, and greenhouse gas emissions related practices.
Her Masters from Colorado State University in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting compliments our practical monitoring feedback to managers. Her talents provide vetted methods and standards to back our client’s ecological accounting needs and claims.
Peter Zagroski is a Restoration Ecologist with a breadth of knowledge in land regeneration and ecological accounting for land managers. He specializes in working with a variety of rangeland plant communities, spending much of his time in the Sierra Nevada, northern Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains regions. His talent in botany and ecological monitoring help land management understand the health of their landscape and verify their results. He grew up in the beaches and mountains of southern California and has started his career in Colorado after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Restoration Ecology. When he is not analyzing data or in the pasture as SnapLands’ 2022 Rangeland Monitoring Technician, Pete is an avid outdoorsman enjoying rock climbing and hiking in his spare time.