Return to Freedom
Celeste is a biologist who started her career studying marine ecology at University of California, Santa Cruz (BA Biology, 1994). She spent years working with marine mammals and invertebrates along the California and Oregon Coasts. Environmental outreach and science education were a large part of her focus while working for South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and then Oregon State Parks. Her passion for horses eventually outweighed her love of marine mammals and she returned to Oregon State University to acquire a post-baccalaureate degree in Animal Science with an equine emphasis. She has worked alongside Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation to oversee and implement the fertility control program since 2005, and more recently, RTF’s on-range public-private partnership programs for wild horse and burro management. She quite enjoys the combination of education, horses, and meaningful scientific work towards the best in-the-wild management we have available today.