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Forensic Analyst Tasha Bauman Named WGFD Services Division Employee of Year

LARAMIE – Forensic Analyst Tasha Bauman was recently named the Services Division Employee of the Year for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Bauman was honored at the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Pinedale in July.

“Tasha has such an amazing attitude about just about everything but she truly strives to increase the tools and skills to become a better employee, a better scientist, and a better leader,” said Forensics and Fish Pathology Lab Director Dee Dee Hawk.

“Tasha is not only an extremely valuable employee of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wildlife Forensic laboratory she is an essential component of the international wildlife forensic community as well as the Laramie community. There are few who are more deserving of this award than Tasha,” said Scot Kofron, Services Division Chief for the Game and Fish Department.

Bauman began working in the laboratory in 2005 as an unpaid intern in the forensic section. She was quickly offered a position as tooth aging coordinator in 2006 and served in this position for two years. She was then promoted to forensic analyst in 2009.

Accuracy is critical in any forensic program and Bauman is part of an international proficiency program that tests analysts on their ability to do work correctly. She has consistently scored 100 percent on this test, and has also been court qualified as a wildlife forensic expert.

Bauman volunteered for a board position when the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science was first founded in 2009. She served as the communications director and while in that position established the Society’s first web site. She later took on the role of membership and outreach director, in which she worked with the international forensic community to bring eight scientists from Asia and Africa to the Department’s meeting in 2015. Currently she serves as the vice-president of the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science and will take over as president in 2019.

Bauman was a Subject Matter Expert for the scientific working group for wildlife forensics when it first came into existences in 2010. She is one of a handful of wildlife forensic scientists who were chosen by National Institute of Standards and Technology to serve on the new Organization of Scientific Area Committees Federal task force for forensics. She is a member of the subcommittee on wildlife forensics, which is part of the Biology/DNA committee.

She is regularly involved in presentations for Women in Science and is active in the Laramie community as a member of Zonta International, which is a worldwide organization of professional women who work to advance the status of women through service and advocacy.

Bauman is a native of Lyman, Wyoming. She earned an associate’s degree in biology at Western Wyoming Community College and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and criminal justice at the University of Wyoming. She earned a master’s degree in forensics science with the primary focus on DNA/genetics at the University of California. She lives in Laramie with her husband Greg and their two dogs, Nibbler and Dash. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, paddle boarding and is currently learning to sail.